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Gaeng Paa Pla Dook (jungle Curry with Catfish)

Curry Paste:
2 tb Chopped Lemon Grass
8 Shallots
6 Cloves Garlic
1/4 c Chopped Lesser Ginger
8 Dried Jalapeno Peppers
1 ts Canned Peppercorns
1 ts Shrimp Paste
1/2 ts Salt
2 tb Oil
1 1/2 lb Catfish, Cut Into 1" Slices
1/4 c Fish Sauce (Nam Pla)
3 c Water
1/2 c Thai Eggplant
1/4 c Sliced Green Jalapeno Pepper
1/2 c Sweet Basil Leaves
10 Whole Kaffir Lime Leaves

Combine all the ingredients for the curry paste, using a mortar and pestle or a blender.

Heat a large saucepan and add the oil and curry paste. Stir-fry for 1 minute on medium-high heat.

Add the fish, fish sauce, water and eggplant and heat to boiling. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and remove from the heat. Serve.

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