Thai Curry Paste

Thai Curry Paste
Photo by Scott Phillips


  • 5 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large dried red New Mexico chile (optional)
  • 1 Tbs. coriander seeds
  • 3 stalks fresh lemongrass
  • 2 Tbs. chopped garlic
  • + 6 more ingredients
    • 1 tsp. finely chopped dried wild lime peel (soak in warm water before chopping) or lime zest
    • 1 Tbs. coarsely chopped cilantro root (root plus about 1 inch of stem) or chopped cilantro stems and leaves
    • 1 tsp. shrimp paste (optional)
    • ¼ cup chopped shallots
    • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh or frozen galangal or fresh ginger
    • ½ cup small dried hot red chiles (such as Thai bird chiles or chiles de arbol)

Open the chiles, breaking off their stems and shaking out and discarding most of their seeds. Break the pods into pieces. (Large chiles will be somewhat pliable, while small ones will be brittle.) Combine the chile pieces in a medium bowl and add warm water to cover them. Set aside to soak for ab...

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