Electronic arts and a Curry Paste


A few weeks ago Selina sent us a sample from her homemade curry powder, which was great and she told us about her new favorite toy a spice grinder. So Tina decided we also need one and of course she wanted the same Selina bought. Unfortunately they were only available with a British plug, but this is no problem as we have an Australian travel adaptor. – But wait a minute as we have German sockets we also have to use a second adaptor. Therefore our adaptor triptych has the same size as our grinder, but it works (also I have major safety concerns)!

As a first experiment I decided to pimp our standard Curry  with a freestyle curry paste inspired by Martin Boetz. Also it is not traditional we liked it a lot.


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic gloves, peeled
  • 3 cm ginger, peeled
  • 2 lemongrass stems, white part only
  • 1 red chilli, seeded
  • 1 anchovy
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest

Spice Mix

  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp blade mace
  • 1 tsp white peppercorns

To make the paste, pound the onion, garlic, ginger and lemongrass in a mortar and pestle to a uniform paste. Set aside in a small bowl.

Put the chillies, the anchovy and the lime zest in the mortar and pound to a uniform paste. Add to the other paste

For the spice mix combine all ingredients and pound in amortart and pestle, then grind in the spice grinder to a fine powder. Pass through a fine-mesh sieve.

Stir the sieved spice mix into the paste and mix well. It is now ready to use!