Thai green curry paste is one of the most classic curry pastes in Thai cuisine. You could buy it from the store, but nothing can actually bring the freshness and tons of flavor you savor from the homemade batch. So, in this SpiceRally episode, we will show you how to make Thai green curry paste very quickly at home, just using a few simple ingredients readily available to you.

Now, without further ado, let’s get into our business!

Click on this link and refer to our detailed article on Thai green curry paste if you need to know further about this delicious Thai delicacy.

Simple Homemade Thai Green Curry Paste Recipe!

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Recipe by SpiceRally
Servings

4 – 6

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Additional time

5

minutes
Total time

20

minutes

Our version of Thai green curry paste is absolutely hassle-free, and you don’t need a bunch of special ingredients to make this. Just make one good visit to the Asian store, and you’ll be equipped with everything you want!

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Ingredients

  • Spices and Herbs:
  • 6 6 Thai Green Chilies (seeds removed and chopped)

  • 4 4 Jalapenos (seeds removed and chopped)

  • 1 1/2 tbsp 1 1/2 Fresh Galangal (finely chopped)

  • 2 tbsp 2 Fresh Garlic (finely chopped)

  • 2 tsp 2 Coriander seeds

  • 1 tsp 1 Cumin seeds

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 White peppercorns

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Turmeric powder

  • 3 tbsp 3 Lemongrass – outer peel removed and finely chopped from the bottom half of the stalk

  • 2 2 Cilantro roots (finely chopped)

  • 15 15 Fresh Thai Basil Leaves (julienned, optional)

  • Other ingredients:
  • 1 tsp 1 Belacan (fermented shrimp paste)

  • 3 tbsp 3 Shallots (finely chopped)

  • 1 tsp 1 Coarse salt

  • 2 tsp 2 Kaffir lime zest (grated) – you can also take the zest of regular lime

  • Equipment:
  • 1 1 Saucepan (small)

  • 1 1 Spice Grinder

  • 1 1 Mortar and pestle/ Powerful Immersion Blender

  • 1 1 Air-tight container

Directions

  • First, toast your dry spices- cumin, coriander, and white peppercorns- for about 2-3 minutes in a small saucepan on low flame. Remove them after toasting and grind them in your spice grinder into a fine powder. Set the spice mixture aside.
  • Next, pound the Thai green chilies and jalapenos until they turn to a paste. You can use your mortar and pestle or a powerful immersion blender to get this job done.
  • Add the cut Thai basil leaves and pound again until they are well incorporated with the chilies.
  • Then, add the grated kaffir lime or regular lime zest, followed by shallots, belacan, lemongrass, cilantro root, galangal, and garlic. Pound again to a smooth paste.
  • Finally, stir the ground spice mixture along with turmeric powder and salt. Pound again until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Do your taste check and add more salt if needed.
  • Transfer the content to another bowl or store it in an air-tight container until you need it.

TASTY NOTES BY SpiceRally

  • If you need your Thai green curry paste to be really hot and spicy, you can use serrano peppers or cayenne pepper instead of jalapenos.
  • You can substitute galangal with fresh ginger and white peppercorns with black peppercorns if you can’t find them. But using ginger will make a slight difference in the flavor of your curry paste.
  • Leave out the shrimp paste (belacan) if you’re going to make the vegan variant of this paste.
  • You can store this green curry paste in the refrigerator for about two days in an air-tight glass container. Or else, put this into freezer bags and freeze it for one month.

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Is Thai Green Curry Paste Vegan-Friendly?

Traditionally, shrimp paste has been used as an essential ingredient in Thai green curry paste. In addition, some pre-made products might also contain traces of fish. Therefore, most Thai green curry paste options are not vegan-friendly. But still, you’ll be able to find vegan options and make your own vegan green curry paste at home.

Does Thai Green Curry Paste Contain MSG?

Although most homemade recipes do NOT contain MSG, some store-bought options might have included this ingredient. So, always check the label and read the list of ingredients before buying.

Is Thai Green Curry Paste Keto-Friendly?

Typically, no high-carb ingredients are included in Thai green curry paste. So this could be a safe dietary addition for our readers who follow a ketogenic diet.

Is Thai Green Curry Paste Gluten-Free?

Gluten-related ingredients are not traditionally included in Thai green curry paste. But some commercially produced options could contain traces of gluten. So, check the list of ingredients before purchasing if you’re gluten intolerant or tracking a gluten-free diet.

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