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Base be Pasih (Spice Paste for Seafood)


base be pasih - seafood paste

This spice paste was made for use in the Pepes Ikan (Steamed Marinated Fish in Banana Leaf) during my Balinese Cooking Class.

Base be Pasih — Spice Paste for Seafood (recipe by I Nyoman Sudiyasa of Sate Bali)

Ingredients:

  • 10 large red chilies, seeded and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 15 shallots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 inch ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 4 inch fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, peeled and seeded
  • 1 T coriander seeds
  • 10 candlenuts
  • 1 tsp dried shrimp paste
  • 4 T vegetable oil
  • 2 salam leaves
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, bruised
  • 2 T tamarind pulp

Directions:

Process all the ingredients until coarsely ground, except for the oil, tamarind pulp, salam leaves and lemon grass.  During the cooking class, we ground the paste ingredients by hand with a large flat mortar and pestle.

grinding all the seafood paste ingredients together

Heat the oil in a large wok and add the processed ingredients with the salam leaves and lemon grass.  Stir frequently over moderate heat for about 5 minutes until fragrant and a golden color.  Add the tamarind pulp and let cool before use.

We used this seafood paste to make Pepes Ikan (Steamed Marinated Fish in Banana Leaf).

steamed fish in a banana leaf

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