Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Vegetarian Thai Curry Paste ~ Red /Green / Yellow


Thai cuisine is one of the most robust and flavors some of all Asian cuisines. This cuisine is traditionally characterized by its blend of sweet, sour, hot and salty flavors. Curry paste is one of the most important ingredients in Thai Cooking. Curry paste is traditionally made by mortar and pestle same like our Indian chutney. Curry paste is used in various menus in Thai cuisine , but mostly in Curry and stir fry dishes. There are several styles of curry pastes. The different is from the row ingredients used in each curry paste and the purpose of cooking. Here I give red, yellow and green curry paste recipes which I use in my Vegetarian Thai cooking. 
For Red Curry Paste:
1.      6 to 7 dried red spur chilies
2.      2 to 3 dried red hot chilies seeded
3.      4 to 5 shallots or half big red onion
4.      1/8 cup garlic cloves chopped or 7 to 8 big cloves
5.      3 to 4 coriander roots
6.      1 teaspoon lemongrass chopped
7.      1 teaspoon finally chopped galangal or 1/2 teaspoon dry galangal powder
8.      1/2 teaspoon kaffir lime ride
9.      7 to 8 peppercorn
10.  1 tablespoon roasted cumin - coriander powder
11.  Salt to taste     
Method:
1.      Soak both chilies in water for 2 hours. Drain the water.
2.      Grind chilies and all the ingredients until finely blended using a mortar or blender.
3.      Keep it in an airtight glass jar.
4.      This will store in freezer for months.
For Green Curry Paste:
1.      1 cup green hot chili clipped  or 9 whole chilies 
2.      4 to 5 shallots or half big red onion
3.      1/8 cup garlic cloves chopped or 7 to 8 big cloves
4.      4 to 5 coriander roots with stalks
5.      1/2 cup coriander chopped 
6.      1/2 teaspoon lemongrass chopped
7.      1 teaspoon finally chopped galangal or 1/2 teaspoon dry galangal powder
8.      7 to 8 fresh green peppercorn or dry
9.      1 tablespoon roasted cumin - coriander powder
10.  2 to 3 lime leaves
11.  Salt to taste     
Method:
1.      Combine all ingredients in blender jar and grind.
2.      Pulse control until the mixture has a smooth, fine paste consistency.
3.      Store in refrigerator up to month.
For Yellow Curry Paste:

1.      4 to 5 yellow hot chilies or red dried chilies seeded and soaked until tender
2.      4 shallots
3.      2 to 3 coriander roots
4.      1 tablespoon roasted cumin coriander powder
5.      1 tablespoon fresh turmeric chopped or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
6.      7 to 8 white peppercorn
7.      1/2 teaspoon lemongrass chopped
8.      1/2 teaspoon galangal chopped
9.      10 cloves garlic
10.  1/2  teaspoon kaffir lime ride
11.  Salt to taste
Method:
1.      Combine all ingredients in blender jar and grind.
2.      Store in refrigerator up to month.

Note:
·        Many recipes suggest using ginger as galangal substitute but I’m not agree because galangal aromas and taste is very strong and both are different things same like soth and ginger…..
·        Where as you can substituted lime leaves to kaffir lime.
·        Peel the outer rind of a kaffir lime don’t peel white layer as that make the paste bitter.
·        Lemongrass and galangal aromas is very strong.  Be careful not use too much lemongrass and galangal, as it can overpower the taste of a dish.   
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15 comments:

PT said...

spicy collection..

Medeja said...

You did a great job! I just use the bought pastes.. :)

Maayeka said...

Great!very useful post dear..loved all the curry pastes

Rekha said...

so colorful and spicy pastes.. looks too good..
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Sangeetha said...

i usually buy this curry @ stores, thanks for sharing this spicy paste recipe...great job!!
Spicy Treats

Torviewtoronto said...

flavourful delicious paste looks wonderful

Supriya's Rasoi said...

Hi Daksha the thai pastes look so tempting. First time here glad to follow you. Do visit my space in ur free time.

Shanthi said...

Wonderful and tempting recipe!!

Shabbu said...

Lovely blog with yummy recipes..happy to follow u..
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Jay said...

drooooooooling spicy collection of yours...sounds very interesting..
Tasty appetite

Cucina49 said...

What a great idea to make your own curry pastes. Thanks for the detailed instructions!

Nagashree said...

Thanks for stopping by at my blog.

Love Thai cuisine, thanks for sharing the recipe.Looks delicious.

Daksha said...

Thanks a lot for stopping by and leaving your heartfelt thoughts. your few words are My energy boosters so plz feel free to share your thoughts..

Daksha said...

Thai curry paste is easily available in here and its very chip but they add in that paste dry shrimp and fish sauce that’s why I’m not use store bought so if you are vegan or veggie make sure it’s vegetarian or not?

Reena Gupta said...

thanks for shearing such a great recipe...

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