How to use Vindaloo
There are two basic approaches to using a vindaloo paste. Here are simple directions
for a fish curry using it:
In a frying pan large enough to hold the fish in a single layer, melt 1-1/2 tablespoon
clarified (or regular) butter. Saute 1 medium onion, chopped, until softened then add 1
pound halibut or other fish in pieces less than 1 inch thick. Cook, turning once, until
fish is seared on both sides. Combine 1 tablespoon (or to taste) vindaloo paste with water
or fish stock and add to pan, cover slightly and cook until fish is just done. Remove fish
and cook sauce down until thickened slightly. Serve with Indian bread or rice.
This same method applies to chicken or meat. If using quick cooking shellfish like shrimp,
cook them only briefly in the liquid then remove and finish sauce so they don't get
For a more intense flavor, here's a different approach: Cut up a 4-1/2 pound duckling into
serving pieces. Mix 2 tablespoons vindaloo paste with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to make
a spreadable paste. Spread the mixture on the skin sides of the duck pieces and let
marinate in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Scrape off most of marinade and reserve.
Brown duck pieces in 1 tablespoon each of butter and oil, then remove from pan. Spoon off
all but 1 tablespoon fat and in it saute 1 medium onion, chopped, until softened. Add 1
clove of garlic, minced. Return duck pieces to pan and pour on reserved paste combined
with 1-1/2 cups duck or brown chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and cook 30-45 minutes or
until duck is thoroughly tender. (An older ducking will take even longer). Remove duck
pieces and keep warm, then turn up the heat and cook sauce down to thicken somewhat. Serve
duck with sauce and soft Indian bread, pappadums or rice.
The key to using the paste is that you must have a liquid to mix it with. If you want a
creamier sauce, use some coconut milk instead of water or stock.
The most important thing is to play with the spiciness. Try a tablespoon in a dish first,
then see if you like a little more next time...or a little less if you get carried away.
Hope this is helpful.
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