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Don't let the list of spices put you off, they can be aquired over a period of time.  Do store them in airtight containers or your kitchen will have the aroma of an Asian restaurant!

THAILAND

Lemongrass. Lemon Grass is a plant that looks like grass, smells minty and tastes similar to lemon (hence the English name Lemongrass). T
Kaffir lime leaves. There is nothing like kaffir lime leaves in the world, as these leaves are just packed with a wonderful strong citrus
Soy Sauce
Fish sauce. Fish sauce provides the salty dimension in Thai cuisine, and it's high in protein as well as minerals and vitamins. It's made from small fish, salt-fermented for a long time
Garlic.
Thai chile peppers.
Coconut milk.
Galanga. A type of ginger, but it's milder
Palm sugar.
Dried Shrimp paste
Jasmine rice. Also known as "fragrant rice",




INDONESIA


Candlenut (tingkih/kemiri):A round, cream-colored nut with an oily consistency used to add texture and a faint flavor to many dishes. Substitute macadamia nuts or raw cashews.
Cinnamon
Cloves
Coconut
Coriander seeds
Cumin
garlic
lemongrass
lime
Nutmeg
palm sugar
peanuts
shrimp paste (trasi)
soy sauce
Tamarind
turmeric

SRI LANKA

Sri Lankan Curry powder (roasted if possible)
Cloves
Black Pepper
Cardamom
Chillies
Cinnamon
Cloves
Curry leaves
Cumin Seeds
Fennel Seeds
Fenugreek Seeds
Ginger,
Mustard Seeds - Black/Brown)
Turmeric
Tamarind
Coconut Milk

PAKISTAN

All Spice
Aniseed of Fennel Seed
Bay Leaf
Black Pepper
Caraway Seeds
Cardamom
Cinnamon
Cloves
Coriander
Cumin
Curry Leaves
Fenugreek Seeds
Garam Masala
Turmeric

BANGLADESH
ladesh
Mustard Oil
Garlic,
Turmeric
Coriander
Cumin
Bay leaf
Chilli Powder
Black Mustard Seeds
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Apr 20 15 1:56 PM

Yup, this is making me hungry! I love kaffir lime leaves and keep them in the freezer, since they are harder to find. Some of the Thai food I've made is as good as what I have had there, but the Indonesian cooked at home is never as good as over there - haven't really perfected that. Do you cook them often?

Maito

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Apr 20 15 9:48 PM

Within the last year I have learned to no longer call the leaves by their former name, as it is a racial slur.
I refer to them now as Asian lime leaves, or just lime leaves.
Out of respect for people everywhere, I hope my friends here learn about this and also find a different word.

Read about it here: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/allyoucaneat/2014/07/01/renaming-kaffir-lime-leaves-hate-speech-doesnt-belong-in-the-produce-department/

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Apr 21 15 4:15 AM

We love Thai food it is our favorite cuinine....I am also a huge fan of asian recipes, love chinese, japanese and vietnamese....Still I was surprised that I have tried all or currently have most of these listed ingredients in my home.   image

The only one I am not familiar with is Candlenut where would one find this?

edited to correct spelling error...

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Apr 21 15 4:20 AM

Sue Lau wrote:
Within the last year I have learned to no longer call the leaves by their former name, as it is a racial slur.
I refer to them now as Asian lime leaves, or just lime leaves.
Out of respect for people everywhere, I hope my friends here learn about this and also find a different word.

Read about it here: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/allyoucaneat/2014/07/01/renaming-kaffir-lime-leaves-hate-speech-doesnt-belong-in-the-produce-department/



Sue thank you for sharing this interesting article ... hence forth I will only refer to the item as fresh/frozen or dried lime leaves image

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Apr 21 15 9:03 PM

Sue Lau wrote:
Within the last year I have learned to no longer call the leaves by their former name, as it is a racial slur.
I refer to them now as Asian lime leaves, or just lime leaves.
Out of respect for people everywhere, I hope my friends here learn about this and also find a different word.

Read about it here: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/allyoucaneat/2014/07/01/renaming-kaffir-lime-leaves-hate-speech-doesnt-belong-in-the-produce-department/

Sorry about that Sue - I did not think it would be a racial slur as its the name of a a leaf I never gave it a thought. 
 

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Apr 21 15 9:05 PM

Baby Kato wrote:
We love Thai food it is our favorite cuinine....I am also a huge fan of asian recipes, love chinese, japanese and vietnamese....Still I was surprised that I have tried all or currently have most of these listed ingredients in my home.   image

The only one I am not familiar with is Candlenut where would one find this?

edited to correct spelling error...

Baby Kato, I have only found them in the occasional Asian store, they do say that you can suppliment them with brazil nuts but to be honest I have not bothered!

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Apr 21 15 9:09 PM

Maito,  I do cook Thai recipes ocassionally but its not my favorite! Indonesian recipes I cook fairly often, I have so many that I want to try.  I think its so hard to make any recipe as well as they do in their own country! but on that ocassin when you do - its a real WOW feeling, isn't it!

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Apr 22 15 1:45 AM

Joyfulcook wrote:

Baby Kato wrote:
We love Thai food it is our favorite cuinine....I am also a huge fan of asian recipes, love chinese, japanese and vietnamese....Still I was surprised that I have tried all or currently have most of these listed ingredients in my home.   image

The only one I am not familiar with is Candlenut where would one find this?

edited to correct spelling error...

Baby Kato, I have only found them in the occasional Asian store, they do say that you can suppliment them with brazil nuts but to be honest I have not bothered!


Thank you Joyfulcook, I will look for them next time I go to the city....I love brazil nuts so if I don't find any, I can always use them...

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Apr 22 15 1:47 AM

I have used all the Indonesian spices and most of the indian ones as well.

Joyfullcook, how about sharing a few of your favorite Indonesian recipes, I'd love to try some...thank you image

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Apr 23 15 9:12 AM

Joyfulcook wrote:
will do just that - just give me a day or so, as I have been so busy


I look forward to them, but please take your time, there is no rush... when you are ready will do just fine. image

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Apr 24 15 3:46 AM

Indonesia was country I visited outside of Europe and we fall in love with this country.
It was 1988! A long time ago, we traveled by public transportation (train and bus) form Jakarta to Bali; step by step, with only a bag (20 kg/ 40 pounds for two people). We slept in guest houses and we had our meal in small restaurants, on the streets (warungs) and on night market (pasar malam). It was there that I discovered how good Indonesian food is and how a little bit of spices can convert a dish consisting of simple/cheap ingredient to a delish.
Last time I've been there I enjoyed again the night markets and the food.


I've posted a few Indonesian recipes in my blog.
https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/coconut-coffee-with-ginger-bajigur-indonesia/
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https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/indonesian-beef-rendang-rendang-sapi/

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https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/indonesian-pineapple-and-celery-salad-selada-nanas/
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https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/sate-ayam-chicken-sate/
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https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/pisang-rai-balinese-banana-bites-with-coconut/
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https://artandkitchen.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/ayam-goreng-balut-kacang-fried-chicken-with-peanut-coat/
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Apr 24 15 3:09 PM

Gorgeous photos. I fell in love with Indonesia too, and was also backpacking there not long after your first visit. Amazing that street food is not only delicious, but costing something like 10 cents at that time!

Maito

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Apr 25 15 12:51 AM

Stunning photos - did you ever eat from the roadside vendors - I have to admit I have not as I am always a bit wary of the sanitary conditions.... once saw tables and chairs set up outside the hotel up a side alley and the open drain ran through the middle of it - yikes!


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Apr 25 15 2:56 PM

Brings back good memories, yes very friendly and welcoming people. We stayed with a very nice family, and was also culturally very interesting since we met his other wives/kids that lived in different locations.

Joy, I think I used less common sense when so young, you definitely need to use your best judgment there. I would do things differently today. But I do remember a lot of open sewers at that time.

Maito

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Apr 25 15 3:13 PM

Baby Kato wrote:

Joyfulcook wrote:
will do just that - just give me a day or so, as I have been so busy


I look forward to them, but please take your time, there is no rush... when you are ready will do just fine. image


hese are some that I have tried that are on line


http://www.food.com/recipe/indonesian-sambal-sauce-492448

http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-indonesian-chicken-206167

http://www.food.com/recipe/beef-rendang-201644


http://www.food.com/recipe/perfect-prawns-274000

http://www.food.com/recipe/nasi-goreng-302361



Love Nasi goreng!  the proper prawn paste or Trasi as its called is so hard to get, looks like tar and smells like something you would throw away
Most of my recipes come out of a few well worn recipe books  and also from a next door neighbour that was Dutch/Indonesian.... wow!! she and her mother were wonderful cooks and used no recipes at all - I have looked in my old hand written recipe book, there are lists of ingredients but not much in the way of measurements 


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Apr 25 15 3:16 PM

Just a thought - as all these Threads are so new to us - but I think its time that I made threads for the most popular countries here, like Indonesia Sri Lanka etc - what dyou think about that ?


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