Curry Crab and Dumplings

  • For the coconut curry sauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, peeled & finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 1 small scotch bonnet, seeds removed and sliced
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup fish stock
  • 1 cup double cream
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons tamarind paste
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1 tablespoon coriander, finely chopped
  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • For the crab stuffed potato gnocchi
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1lb Crab Meat, shells removed
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2lbs potatoes, baked until soft, skins removed and put through a ricer
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Salt to taste
  • To garnish:
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 50g baby spinach leaves, stalks removed and cut into fine strips
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped

In a saucepan melt the butter, then add the onion, sauté on a gentle heat until translucent and softened. At this stage add the garlic, ginger and scotch bonnet and cook gently for 2 minutes.

Next add the dry spices and cook for a further two minutes or until you can smell the aroma. Add remaining ingredients and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow the sauce to reduce to 2 cups. Strain the sauce and set aside.

At this stage place a saucepan of hot water onto the heat to boil. Season with salt.

Heat up the coconut curry sauce in a sauté pan. Add the lime juice and stir well.

While the potatoes are still warm, place into a bowl and make a small well in the centre. Add the eggs yolks and sprinkle over ¾ of the flour. Season with salt and mix well with your hands until all the ingredients are combined and you have a soft, but not sticky dough. Add more flour if you need to.

Pull off a section of the dough and roll it into a thin sausage. Flatten the mixture out with the back of a teaspoon until it’s about 2 inches wide. Place the crab mixture in a 1cm line down the middle of the gnocchi, fold the top of the gnocchi dough over the crab mixture and gently seal the dough together, pressing gently.

Using a lightly floured sharp knife, cut the dough into 1 inch pieces and press down the edges of each piece to seal. Place into the boiling water and when they begin to float remove with a slotted spoon and place onto a plate with absorbent paper. Add the gnocchi to the warmed curry sauce and allow to cook for a couple of minutes. Divide between 4 shallow bowls and add a few cherry tomato halves. Sprinkle with spinach and coriander.

Recipe courtesy of Khalid Mohammed.

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