Curry Paste: Red Curry Paste

Recipes for a 3/4 cup red curry paste

Ingredients

* 12 dried red chili peppers, soaked (at lease 4 hrs) and coarsely chopped

* 1 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh lemon grass (available at oriental market in the frozen section)

* 1 tbsp chopped fresh galangal (or 2 tbsps dried)

* 2 tsps coriander seeds

1 tsp caraway seeds

2 tbsps chopped garlic

1 tsp shrimp paste (available at oriental market)

1 tbsp chopped fresh kaffir lime leaves

2 tbsps chopped shallots

Preparation

If you use dried ingredients, soak them until they are sufficiently soft.  Then place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend them to form a smooth paste.  If you use dried ingredients, you may need to add water in small amounts ( you can use the soaking water of any of the dried ingredients).  If you do not have a blender, you can use a mortar and pestle to pound all ingredients to form the paste.

Note: This red curry paste is recommended for seafood, poultry, and beef.  It can be used in a regular curries and also in dry, sautéed meat mixture.


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