Cookery Indo

Hi again. I have just finished cookery class. I learnt to cook balinese food. And then I got to eat it. However, Asian food is very high in salt, and I shall be having salad for dinner. No salt. I’ve probably had 2 days’ worth anyway. Anyways, here’s a recipe for all to read.

Bumbu Bali (Basic spice paste)


25 shallots or onions, peeled and chopped

2 heads of garlic, also peeled and chopped

7 large red chillies, seeded and chopped

5 cm  galangal, peeled and chopped or 1 tbls powder version

5 cm lesser galangal, peeled and chopped or 1 tbls powder version

5cm ginger

10cm fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped or 2 tbls powder version

1 tbls coriander seeds

6 candlenuts/ 3 tbls ground almonds

2 tsp dried shrimp paste or thai fish sauce

1 half teaspoon black peppercorns

1 pinch freshly grated nutmeg or powder version

3 cloves or powder equivalent

1 pinch cumin

1 quarter tablespoon sesame seed.

4 tbls oil

To make:

Using a blender or mortar and pestle, pound or blend all the above ingredients except the oil. Heat the oil in a wok or heavy pan, add the mix (bumbu) and cook over a high heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes, until the mix turns golden. Cool before use. Can be frozen.