How to... make Red Curry Paste

Nothing packs in the flavour like a home-made Thai curry paste. This spicy recipe will knock your socks off and can be stored in a jar in the fridge for about 3-4 months.



1. In a wok over low heat, put the coriander seeds and cumin seeds and dry fry for about 5 minutes, then grind to a powder in a pestle and mortar.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the shrimp paste) and bash to a fine paste or you can use a blender, to mix well.

3. Add the coriander seed-cumin mixture and the shrimp paste and blend again to obtain about 3/4 cup of fine textured paste.


  • 13 small dried chillies, soaked in hot water for 15 minutes and de-seeded
  • 3 tbsp. chopped shallots
  • 4 tbs. chopped garlic
  • 4cm piece fresh galangal or ginger, chopped
  • 6 fresh kaffir lime leaves or the finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. chopped lemon grass
  • 1 tsp. chopped coriander root
  • 20 pepper corns
  • 1 tbs. shrimp paste
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tbs. cumin seeds


How to...Joel Ide