Devil Curry

Devil Curry

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Recipe by  VINCE JONES

“This is a relatively hot curry which is usually served during Christmas and other special occasions by the Cristao (pronounced Cristang) community in Malacca, Malaysia. They are descendants of the Portuguese invaders who married locals during their reign in Malaysia. This recipe uses candlenuts and galangal; candlenuts are hard tropical nuts used in Southeast Asian cooking and available in Indian or Asian markets. Galangal is a rhizome similar to ginger with a hot, ginger-peppery flavor, used primarily as a seasoning. It is also available in Asian markets.”

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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. In a medium bowl combine the onions, chile peppers, candlenuts, shrimp paste, turmeric, ginger, galangal, lemon grass and mustard seed. Blend together with a little water to form a fine paste. Add to skillet and saute until fragrant and almost dry.
  2. Add 2 cups water and bring all to a boil. Add chicken and potatoes. Reduce heat and let simmer about 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked (no longer pink inside) and curry is quite thick in consistency.
  3. Add salt to taste. Remove from heat and add vinegar. Mix well and serve. This dish is best served with steamed white rice, as it is full of flavor.

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Finding the ingredients was reasonably easy. Galangal sounded important. I was determined to find it. A local Chinese supermarket offered both chopped preserved in a jar and fresh ones. I opted for fresh. I was less lucky with the candlenuts so I substituted Brazil Nuts as suggested by an ingredients substitution website. Finally, I used fresh birds eye green chile, having watching something similar being prepared while in Asia. The volume of ingredients to blend was a major effort and my poor blender was in melt down failing to make anything like a paste. Fresh Galangal is quite hard and with the nuts it is just too much. I aborted and removed and grated the Galangal and nuts by hand then back for a finish off blend. Also, the quantity of Ginger and Galangal are not listed in the ingredients – I used a couple of bulbs of each. I think if you like it then just add more. Beyond that, it was really simple. Cooling times and liquid exactly as expected and results good



The curry was nice and spicy, and turned out OK. As was mentioned before, making a paste from all those ingredients was pretty tough! 6 red onions seems like a lot. Allspice is not mentioned in the commontary, but galangal is, so maybe the ingredient list is supposed to read 1 tsp galangal? And how much shrimp paste to use? I used about 1 Tbsp, but I think it could have used more. The dried chilies are spicy! I used only about 15 and that was quite good enough for me!

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 464 cal
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 11 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs
  • 45.9 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 45.4 g
  • 91%
  • Cholesterol
  • 100 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium
  • 130 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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