Thai Red Curry Paste
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Thai Red Curry Paste

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40 mins total time

20 mins active time


Makes 1½ cup, 12 oz



  • dried long hot red chili peppers (about 2 ½ inches) icon
    ¾ oz dried long hot red chili peppers (about 2 ½ inches)
  • 1 1/2 inch piece (3/4 oz) galangal or ginger icon
    1 x 1 1/2 inch piece (3/4 oz) galangal or ginger

    peeled, sliced

  • lemongrass stalk icon
    2 lemongrass stalks

    white part only, coarsely chopped

  • thick cilantro stem icon
    12 thick cilantro stems


  • roasted shrimp paste (Belacan) icon
    1 tsp roasted shrimp paste (Belacan)


  • single fresh makrut (wild) lime leaves icon
    10 single fresh makrut (wild) lime leaves

    stems removed, coarsely chopped

  • large shallot icon
    4 large shallots

    peeled, coarsely chopped

  • clove garlic icon
    12 cloves garlic


  • flaky sea salt icon
    2 tsp flaky sea salt
  • rice bran or vegetable oil icon
    ⅓ cup rice bran or vegetable oil


  • 1Put the dried chilis in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water and soak for 15-20 minutes until softened. Drain.
  • 2Put the drained chilis, galangal, lemongrass, cilantro stems, shrimp paste, lime leaves, shallots, garlic and salt in the blender and secure the lid.
  • 3MIX for 20 seconds until finely chopped, scraping down the side and stopping occasionally to use the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
  • 4Add the oil and BLEND for 30-40 seconds until desired texture.
  • 5Transfer the paste to a clean, sterilized glass jar. Cover with a thin layer of vegetable oil and secure the lid. The paste can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or frozen for 1 month.
  • 6Use the CLEAN program to clean the blender.
    Tip: Roasted shrimp paste can be found in Asian markets. If you can’t get roasted shrimp paste, purchase unroasted shrimp paste and roast it before using. To roast: Wrap the shrimp paste in a piece of foil. Put on a small baking sheet and cook under a preheated broiler for 2 minutes each side. Allow to cool before unwrapping and using.

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