Lobster Curry
 
cape malays were the first to braise lobster in spices, which resulted 
in this delicious curry, for which many variations exist. earlier 
writers specify tamarind juice; more recently this has been replaced by 
lemon juice. for a simpler recipe, use lobster tails instead of whole 
lobsters and omit the first step in the method. 
 
4   lobsters
250 millileters  (1 cup) fish stock (see tips, below)
  vegetable oil
12   pickling onions, peeled
10 millileters  (2 teaspoons) crushed garlic
1 - 2   fresh chillies, finely sliced and seeded
4 - 5   curry leaves
5 millileters  (1 teaspoon) ground cumin
5 millileters  (1 teaspoon) ground coriander
2 millileters  (1/2 teaspoon) turmeric
1 millileters  (1/4 teaspoon) ground cardamom
1 stick  cinnamon
4   large, ripe tomatoes blanched, skinned, and chopped
  lemon juice
  salt, milled black pepper
60 millileters  (1/4 cup) plain yoghurt (optional)
 
pull the lobsters apart to separate tails from bodies. wash well. cut 
off fanned tail shells; set aside. pull out the alimentary canal. slice 
tails through lengthwise (first snip through the under-shell with 
scissors). 
bring the fish stock to the boil in a large saucepan, add lobster 
bodies and tail fans and boil for 6 minutes (no longer or you will 
overcook the legs). remove from the pot. pull off legs and claws, cover 
and set aside with the tail fans (they will later decorate the 
completed dish). strain and retain the stock for the sauce. 
 
heat a little oil in a large saucepan and lightly cook the lobster tail 
pieces for about 1 minute. set aside. 
 
lightly brown the onions and garlic in the same pot (add extra oil if 
necessary), then add the chilli, curry leaves, cumin, coriander, 
turmeric, cardamom and cinnamon. sizzle the spices for about 30 
seconds, then add the chopped tomato, lemon juice, stock and a little 
salt and pepper. cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. 
 
just before serving return the lobster to the sauce and simmer for 2-3 
minutes until cooked. add the yoghurt and heat through. tip into a warm 
bowl, or serve directly from the pan. garnish with the reserved tail 
fans and legs, and serve with rice and quince sambal. 
 
lannice snyman shares her tips with epicurious: 
. the kindest way to kill the lobsters is to drown them first by 
immersing them in fresh, cold water. 
. click here for a fish stock recipe from gourmet. canned 
high-quality stock can also be substituted. 
. "you can use any variety of fresh chile pepper for this recipe," 
says snyman. "use more or less depending on your (and your guests') 
particular blast-off point." 
. curry leaves, a spicy herb common in indian cuisine, are an 
essential part of the authentic flavor of this dish. "try to find fresh 
curry leaves," says snyman, "as dried leaves tend to lose their 
delicate fragrance." curry leaves are available at www.kalustyans.com. 
. instead of or in addition to the quince sambal, snyman recommends a 
number of other traditional condiments: chopped onion and tomato, any 
type of indian chutney, sliced banana tossed with shredded fresh 
coconut, and sliced cucumber in yoghurt. 
 
makes 4 servings. 
 
 
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(ID: 1549) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Mon, Aug 22, 2005


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