Thai Curry Paste

Thai curry paste is surprisingly easy to make, and it’s so much healthier & fresher-tasting than the shop-bought variety. Add to curry, noodles or soups for a deliciously zingy dish.

Serves 4 people


Green Curry Paste

  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 4 large green chillies, deseeded
  • 2 shallots or 1 red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander, including root and stalk
  • grated grind of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped galangal (can use ginger)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp oil

Red Curry Paste

  • 7 fresh red chillies deseeded and blanched
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
  • ½ stalk lemon grass, chopped
  • pinch salt
  • grated rind of 1 lime
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 shallots or 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, mid-rib removed, shredded
  • 1 tbsp oil

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor, chopper, or blender. Then simply process well to form a paste!

2. If using a pestle & mortar pound all herbs & spices together into a paste, then gradually add the wet ingredients, stirring until smooth.

Method

1. Place all ingredients in a food processor, chopper, or blender. Then simply process well to form a paste!

2. If using a pestle & mortar pound all herbs & spices together into a paste, then gradually add the wet ingredients, stirring until smooth.

Ingredients

Green Curry Paste

  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 4 large green chillies, deseeded
  • 2 shallots or 1 red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander, including root and stalk
  • grated grind of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped galangal (can use ginger)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp oil

Red Curry Paste

  • 7 fresh red chillies deseeded and blanched
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
  • ½ stalk lemon grass, chopped
  • pinch salt
  • grated rind of 1 lime
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 shallots or 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, mid-rib removed, shredded
  • 1 tbsp oil
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