Gorgeously fragrant and spicy, this typical Malay curry paste is the perfect platform for meat, chicken or fish.  Just whack in a tin of coconut cream and the ingredients of your choice and you have a healthy and traditional curry with absolutely nothing artificial added.  It doesn’t get much better my friends!


Prep time:  20  Minutes            $  Low Budget


Makes approximately 2 cups of paste (suitable for freezing)


20 dried red chillies, soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes

1/2 cup of roasted peanuts

6 Kaffir lime leaves, shredded

2 lemon grass stalks, roughly chopped (white part only)

5cm piece of galangal or ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

6 french eschallots, peeled and roughly chopped

6 coriander roots and stems, thoroughly rinsed and chopped

11/2 tbs of ground cumin

1 tbs of ground coriander

4 tbs of fish sauce

1/4 cup of peanut oil (vegetable or canola if allergic)


Remove the chillies from the boiling water and wearing a pair of gloves (or do not rub your eyes for a while afterwards!), cut off the tops and remove most of the seeds.  Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until you have a nice fine paste adding a little more oil if the mixture becomes a little stiff.  Use a spatula to scrape down the sides so that you are left with a nice, consistently even paste.  Store in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze in zip lock bags for later use.  This amount of paste will make 2-3 curries depending on how spicy you like it!