Massaman Thai Curry Paste / Gaeng Massaman

Makes 1 cup


5 small fresh red chilies
5-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons shallots, chopped fine
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons galangal root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons white peppercorns, crushed
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and crushed
5 cardamom pods, toasted, husks removed and seeds scraped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cloves, toasted and crushed
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped


Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse on chop until a chunky paste is created, add water as needed. Alternatively crush together in a alarge mortar witha pestle or crush and drag into a paste using a large knife.

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