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Hi all!

Does anybody have the ingredient list for eastern star curry powder? I can only find one image of the ingredient list it is far too blurry to make out.

I am going to try and recreate this powder from scratch and will share my findings should I be successful so if anybody could send me a list of the ingredients or even a photo of the packages ingredient list I would be immensely grateful!

Thank you very much

Hi all,

This recipe was given to my Mum in Indonesia a few years before I was born by an Indian family friend. We lived in West Java for about 7 years and had a lot f Indian friends so I will be slowly writing up a lot of the traditional recipes they taught my Mum. She has been cooking it every few weeks for the past 27 years now, although she is the master of the recipe and techniques I will do my best to take everyone through:

You can scale down the recipe but I personally have never tried it


1kg cleaned/peeled prawns
4 medium tomatoes chopped (we cheat and actually use 1 400g tin of chopped tomatoes, I find it works better)
1 1/2 medium brown onions very finely chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 inch piece ginger grated
1 tsp black mustard seeds
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt
4 curry leaves (I have been know to use a lot more if I'm feeling adventurous)
2 cups coconut MILK
3 tbsp vegetable oil (my mum uses peanut oil, I use veg)
1 large green chilli (make a long vertical slit down the chilli to allow flavours to come out)
Coriander leaves chopped (I use a small handful, but its all down to taste)


Heat oil on medium/high heat in a large saucepan
Add the green chilli, curry leaves and mustard seeds (watch out, they can pop) then fry until aroma rises, around a minute
Add onion, ginger and garlic and fry for 3 minutes - do not burn
Add tomatoes, chilli powder, turmeric and garam masala then fry for about 4-5 minutes
Add prawns and cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes
Pour in coconut milk and add salt then simmer for 10 minutes until thickened and looks like the pictures below
Once cooked stir in coriander leaves

Thanks a lot guys

I think it could be down to the overcooking of the onions, I often switch base recipes to explore new things, the last two I have been cooking are admins and CBM Little curry house

Im thinking it could also be down to the individual onions I use? Maybe the particular bag can sometimes have stronger/sweeter or milder onions>

I might get a few pictures of failures and successes together so everyone can see

Thanks again

I know its not something I have come across with any other cooking i have done, I must point out though that the house I have recently moved in to had induction (dont laugh!!! not my choice, the previous occupant paid to have this piece of garbage installed!!!)

Sorry, a few more:

Phil [Chaaa006]


Hi all,

I sometimes find a batch of base can turn too dark and sweet after a few hours or a day. I presume this is because of my low skill level, as a good chef produces consistent results. However can anyone enlighten me as to why a base that is nicely spiced, golden yellow in colour and mellow in taste could turn into a reddish brown and overly sweet concoction overnight?

My first guess is that the base is over cooked, but I have found that sometimes a freshly cooked base left to cool is excellent, then a few hours later it tastes like a bag of sugar has been poured into the batch along with a very dramatic colour change?


PS: This is a little unfair of me to highlight a single member, however I must just give a massive thank you to a few members, although you may never know who I am I just wish to send out a message to let you know how much I appreciate your posts and research;

CA - AKA Cory Ander
Solar Space
CBM - AKA Curry Barking MAD (My Mum SWEARS by your recipes, literally, I can smell your madras 4 out of 7 days per week! It will forever be a Burchell family tradition, no thanks can ever reciprocate a gift like that!)
Stephen Lindsay


Hi everyone,

I have been using this brilliant forum for around a year now and wanted to introduce myself to say thanks to all the great people who make this possible

Im a young guy, 22, moved to Australia with the family about 8 years ago from a place near Worthing. I've missed a good curry since the day I moved here (even a 14 year old can love a Vindaloo!) and am very grateful for everyone contributing to this wonderful website. I am pretty happy with some of my more recents curries (after literally HUNDREDS of attempts) and am really looking forward to trying to give something back to the community

Thanks again everyone,

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