Heat a small frying pan and add the coriander seeds (2 tbsp), black peppercorns (½ tsp), cardamom seeds (1 tsp) and cinnamon stick (½ stick). Toast the spices on a gentle heat for about 1 minute and then add the cumin seeds (1 tbsp). Continue to cook until the spices are golden and you can smell their aroma (approximately 1 minute). Regularly shake the pan to make sure that the spices don't burn. - It's important that the spices don't burn as if they do your paste will have a bitter flavour - not what you're after!.
Once the spices are toasted, grind to a powder in a pestle and mortar.
Peel the garlic (2 cloves), deseed the green chilli, and remove the outside of the ginger (1 inch cube). Put them into the pestle and mortar and bash them for a minutes or so until they are squashed.
Add the desiccated coconut (2 tbsp), ground almonds (2 tbsp), tomato pureé (2 tbsp), groundnut oil (2 tbsp) and cayenne pepper (½ tsp) and grind until you have a paste.
Season with salt.
Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 102mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.