5-10 small this green chilies (10= HOT)
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 gingerroot, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, cleaned and trimmed and chopped fine
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 tablespoons black and white peppercorns
1 tablespoons coriander seeds, toasted
1 tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted
2-3 kfir lime leaves, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Grind and pound the hardest ingredient first, galangal, ginger, pepper corns etc. Add one ingredient at a time from hardest to softest, grinding on top of each other until a course paste is formed. If using a food processor add one ingredient at a time and pulse.
The method usually takes about 20 minutes total and is a great arm work out as well as a Zen experience.