Thai Red Curry Paste

  • 40 mins
  • 10 ingredients
  • Servings 1/2 cup
  • Prep 35 min
  • Cook 5 min
  • Cuisine
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  • 15 dried red chile peppers
  • 2 -3 shallots, minced
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs fresh galangal root (available at Asian markets. You may substitute ginger)
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, thinly sliced, white parts only
  • 1 tsp white peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbs fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp shrimp paste (available at Asian markets)
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
Red curry paste is essential in Thai cooking and can be quite spicy.
You can add it to soups and sauces as well as a rub on chicken, pork or fish.

  • Add the chilies to hot water and let soak until soft. About 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chilies from the water and add to the bowl of a food processor, along with the shallots, garlic, glangal, lemongrass, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cilantro leaves, fish sauce and shrimp paste.
  • Run the food processor until the mixture is smooth. You may have to add a little water to reach the right consistency. The paste should be smooth but not wet.
  • You may store in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Makes about 1/2 cup. Recipe may be doubled or tripled.

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