Indonesian Curried Crab
crab, hard shell
thai bird's eye chili peppers
Cut 4 green blue swimmers into quarters with a cleaver or large knife.
With a hammer, gently crack the claws and harder sections of shell.
Finely chop 6 shallots and 2 stalks lemon grass.
Steep 2 teaspoons tamarind in half a cup of boiling water.
Chop a handful of fresh coriander leaves.
In a food processor, grind together 3 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon fresh galangal, 2 to 3 birdseye chillies, seeded, 4 candlenuts (or substitute 8 to 10 cashews) and 1 teaspoon blachan (hard dark brown shrimp paste.
Batter on crab and cook.