Easy Thai Curry Paste Recipe

Easy Thai Curry Paste RecipeLet’s be real.

We don’t wake up feeling great every single day.

Today I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.  Well, actually that’s not true, I woke up on my side of the bed — just way too late.

I won’t bore you with the stress I felt for the following twenty-five minutes trying to make lunches, get my boys to school, etc.  However, somewhere between dropping my kids off and forcing myself to go on a quick trail run, I felt slightly better.

I began to cheer up partly because I’m so very excited to share this recipe with you.  Yes, you!  It makes me so happy to share my culinary adventures in the kitchen — I love that you’re reading, cooking (I hope), and ideally eating my food!  It truly brings me great joy.

Easy Thai Curry PasteThis recipe creates an absolutely glorious ingredient: curry pasteCurry powders and pastes are a blend of several, sometimes dozens, of ingredients.

This particular curry paste recipe contains many of the ingredients in a typical Thai curry paste, and I love it.  It develops dishes with deep, rich, incredibly delicious flavor.

I suggest making this over the weekend . . . or today!  You’ll need it on hand because soon . . . we’re going to embark on a journey into curry!

Oh, I like how that sounds!  Get excited because there will be French fries, minty rice dishes, and perhaps even something sweet.

And now my friends, I really feel better.  Thank you!Easy Thai Curry Paste RecipeI love, love how beautiful and aromatic these ingredients are!

Thai Curry Paste Recipe
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Makes 1 cup
  • 1 cup roughly chopped shallots (about 3 shallots)
  • ⅓ cup very thinly sliced, fresh lemongrass (about 2 stalks)
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped garlic cloves, peeled with roots removed (about 5 cloves)
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped ginger root, peeled (about 2 inches of the root)
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander seeds
  • 1 to 2 small red Thai chile peppers, seeds removed - OR - 1-1/2 teaspoons dried crushed chiles
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamon
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and blend until it's as smooth as possible. This may take a few minutes, and it will not be completely smooth. It's a good idea to scrape down the sides of the food processor from time to time, to be sure everything gets incorporated.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for at least 2 months.
You can also use a blender to make this, but you might need a touch more of the fish sauce or coconut milk to help it purée.

If time permits, and you have, or can get whole spices -- toast and grind them yourself. This is a lovely thing to do.

As "spiced" as this paste is, it's not too spicy -- if you prefer more heat, go a bit heavier on the chiles!

There are red, green and yellow curry pastes -- I think this one is somewhere in between.

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  1. sharon anzalone says

    i made this last night,,,,,,,,,it was delicious. i have been searching for just the right curry for months. my fave is a milder sweeter mellow yellow curry and this really nailed it!!!! i had thai curry two years ago while visiting my daughter in hawaii. i was in love with the flavor and have searched the internet and made so many dishes and now,,,,,,,,im crazy for this particular recipe!!! i am now learning more about how it all works so anyone can create a great dish whether it has chicken or fish or all vegetables,,,i happen to love the pumpkin and squash curry. i used a couple kaffir leaves in the pot as it cooked with the lovely paste,,,(it only needed a few spoonfuls of the paste) and of course used coconut milk and in the end added a little more paste and fish sauce. i had to leave a comment as i appreciate you taking the time to share such a lovely recipe with us. thank you very much,,,you made my day! =)

    • valentina says

      Thank you so very much, Sharon! What a fantastic comment — YOU made my day! I love pumpkin and other sweet (ish) squashes with curry, too — it’s such a great combination. And thanks for sharing in my love of food and cooking! 🙂

  2. says

    SO excited I found this recipe and can’t wait to try it! I buy those tiny jars of curry paste and had no idea I could just make it at home. Thank you thank you thank you!

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