Thai Green Curry Paste Thai Green Curry Paste

Thai Green Curry Paste | Food styling by David Grenier | Prop styling by Catherine Doherty Image by: Maya Visnyei

This key ingredient in many Asian dishes is prized for its complex, spicy kick. To save prep time, skip the traditional mortar-and-pestle method and pulse the ingredients in a food processor to release their flavourful essential oils. The optional shrimp paste adds a delectable umami layer but can be omitted for a vegetarian version.

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 4 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 15 green chilies , seeded
  • 15 whole green chilies
  • 4 makrut lime leaves , thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic , smashed
  • 2 stalks lemongrass , outer leaves discarded and chopped
  • 2 shallots , sliced
  • 2 cups packed coarsely chopped fresh cilantro (with stems)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped peeled galangal or fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons shrimp paste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Method

In dry skillet, toast coriander seeds, cumin seeds and peppercorns over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes; let cool for 5 minutes. In food processor, pulse until finely chopped, about 1 minute. Add whole and seeded chilies, lime leaves, garlic, lemongrass, shallots and cilantro. Pulse, occasionally scraping down side, until finely chopped, 3 to 4 minutes. Add galangal, shrimp paste (if using) and salt; pulse until evenly mixed, about 1 minute. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in glass jar for up to 1 week or portion into ice-cube trays and freeze for up to 6 months.)

Makes about 1 cup.

Nutritional facts Per 1 tbsp: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 148 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 17
  • Potassium 100 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Total carbohydrate 4 g

%RDI

  • Iron 6
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 3
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 7
  • Vitamin C 13
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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