Authentic Thai green curry paste can be easily made at home if you have the right ingredients.
This curry paste is the base for the popular Thai green chicken curry and fish curry. Once you learn how to make this paste, cooking Thai curries will be a breeze.
Toast the coriander seeds and peppercorns on medium heat for about 2 to 3 minutes
Add the cumin seeds and toast for a minute more. Do not roast the cumin seeds longer than that. Remove from heat and let the spices cool down.
Finely chop lemongrass and galangal. Roughly chop garlic and shallots. Soak dried prawns in hot water.
Clean and trim the coriander roots to remove dirt and fibrous parts. Some of the stems and leaves can also be used for the flavor.
Add the prepared ingredients to a blender jar and process. You might want to scrape the sides and blend repeatedly until you get a smooth paste.
If your blender is not powerful enough, try blending lemon grass, galangal and other hard ingredients first. Then add lime leaves and basil.
Preparing lemongrass and galangal is a very important step in making Thai curry paste. They have to be finely chopped or minced before blending.
There are lot of options apart from Thai green curry where you can use this curry paste.
Add a couple of teaspoons of the curry paste to the mixture for fish cakes before frying for a boost in flavor.
Add this green curry paste before frying the prawns and peppers.
Add a couple of spoons of Thai curry paste to prawns before coating them with flour.