I always bought curry paste from the supermarkets as I was lazy to make it from scratch. But this time around I wanted to try the pure recipe made from scratch. And it was so so rewarding. Trust me making this curry paste and then using it to make the flavorful Duck Panang curry will change your life! Such a fragrant and flavorful recipe and in fact not so hard to make. All you need are the right fresh ingredients.
- 2 teaspoon Galangal
- 1/3rd cup dried chilies
- 2 tablespoon Lemongrass
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds/powder
- 1 tablespoon cilantro
- 2 tablespoon garlic
- 2 tablespoon shallots
- 1 tablespoon roasted peanuts
- 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
- 1 teaspoon salt
Soak the red chilies in water until soft. About half an hour. When they are soft, slit and deseed them.
Roast the peanuts, cumin and cilantro one after the other on a pan on medium heat and set aside. Roast until fragrant (About 4-5 minutes). Add all the ingredients to a mixer/blender and blend to a thick smooth paste.
Tip – You will need to open the blender a couple of times and use a spoon to mix the ingredients and bring them closer to the center to blend smoother. Please do not add any water.
Transfer the paste to a bottle and store in the fridge till ready to make the curry!!