This Yellow Curry Paste recipe bursts with fresh flavors and warm, rich spices. You can whip this up inside of twenty minutes and use it to flavor dozens of different dishes.
With layers of fresh produce and dry warming spices, this yellow curry paste makes all sorts of dishes explode with flavor.
What is curry paste?
- Curry paste is primarily used in Thai dishes, and like curry powder, it’s a blend of several, sometimes dozens, of ingredients.
- There are three main types of Thai curries—red, yellow, and green. The color is simply determined by the different types of chiles, spices, and herbs used. Each one also has its own distinctive flavor. (Yellow curry paste is typically more mild than red and green pastes.)
- It’s a very versatile and flavorful base for a variety of Thai dishes, as well as all sorts of other creative dishes (examples below).
- Curry pastes help to develop dishes with deep, rich, incredibly delicious flavors.
Though it’s not necessarily authentic, this particular recipe contains many of the ingredients in a typical Thai yellow curry paste.
What’s in this recipe?
- fresh garlic
- fresh ginger
- ground coriander seeds
- ground cardamom
- ground cinnamon
- ground turmeric
- ground cloves
- brown sugar
- coconut milk
- fish sauce
- fresh Thai chiles or dried chili flakes
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
- The best way to make this is in a food processor.
- If time permits, and you have, or can get whole spices — toast and grind them yourself. This is a lovely thing to do and the flavor will be slightly superior.
- I would suggest using this guide to cut the lemongrass.
- Amounts in this recipe should be close, but don’t have to be exact.
- You can make this yellow curry paste totally mild — just omit the Thai chiles or chili flakes. Or, use more or less if you’d like to.
- If you happen to have fresh turmeric root, you can use it instead of the ground turmeric. Use about double the amount.
How to Use it
- Curry paste is excellent to add to sauces that are used for tofu, fish, meat, poultry and vegetables. (It’s especially delicious mixed into coconut milk, which is quite common in Thai cooking.)
- It’s also fantastic to mix into stir fries.
- It can be added as a wet rub for sautéed fish, poultry and meats.
- You can blend a bit of the yellow curry paste into a vinaigrette or whisk it into yogurt to make salad dressing.
- I also love it blended into noodles and soups.
Recipes with yellow curry paste:
- Dutch Oven Beef Stew with Curry
- Curry French Fries with Coconut Lime Dip
- Yellow Thai Chicken Yellow Curry
I hope you try and love this recipe!
Yellow Curry Paste Recipe
- 1 cup shallots, roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup lemongrass, very thinly sliced (click here for how to do it)
- ¼ cup garlic cloves, peeled, roughly chopped (about 5 cloves)
- 3 tablespoons ginger root, peeled, roughly chopped (about 2 inches of the root)
- 2½ tablespoons coconut milk
- 1½ tablespoons Thai fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander seeds
- 1 to 2 small red Thai chili peppers, seeds removed - OR - 1-1/2 teaspoons dried crushed chiles
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- Blend the ingredients. 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. Scrape down the sides of the food processor from time to time, to be sure everything gets incorporated.
- Store the curry paste. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for at least 2 months.
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