Flavors of Thailand

How to Make Red Chili Paste

Chili Paste is the first and most important ingredient for curry dishes. As usual, the fresher the better and if you can get your hands on a mortar and pestle, then you too can make delicious chili paste. I hope you are in good shape, because it is quite a lot of work, but it is worth it!

Dried Ingredients:
One serving

5-7 large red chilies, such as tabasco, seeds removed and soaked in water for about 10 minutes.
1 roasted cardamon
1 teaspoon roasted coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/8 teaspoon cumin seeds

Fresh Ingredients:
1/2 teaspoon ginza, skin removed and chopped
1/2 tablespoon lemongrass, crushed and chopped
1/2 tablespoon garlic, crushed
1/2 tablespoon shallot, pealed and chopped
1/4 teaspoon kaffir lime skin chopped
1/2 tablespoon galanga
1/4 teaspoon shrimp paste

1. Combine the coriander seed, black peppercorns cumin seeds and salt in the mortar and grind them into a powder then add the paste.
2. Add the ginza, lemongrass, garlic, shallot, kaffir lime skin and galanga and pound until smooth.

I hope you enjoy and have fun!



  1. Hi Toom. How long does it take you to make this red chili paste?

  2. Hi Matt,
    If I make it without doing something else about 45 minutes. I usually make about 400 grams each time.

  3. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.



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