Balinese Spice Paste

Monday, November 07, 2016

The secret to cooking authentic Balinese cuisine is to use a spice paste that is locally known as basa genap. It features in almost all dishes from rich curries to succulent sticks of satay and suckling roast pig. This versatile paste contains many different kinds of spices such as ginger, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, garlic, chilli and many more. Ingredients can vary depending on different taste preferences and every Balinese cook has his or her own recipe. Spice paste is typically prepared fresh every day using a traditional mortar and pestle. However, nowadays supermarkets sell a full range of ready-made pastes. 

 

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