Sour Curry Paste - Prig Gang Som พริกแกงส้ม

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Sour curry paste is one curry paste that most people don't buy, but make it themselves right before making sour curry. The core ingredients in sour curry paste are dried chili peppers, shallots and shrimp paste. Other added ingredients such as garlic, Chinese keys and fresh turmeric depends on the region and personal preference.

I add garlic to mine. The amount of garlic should be minimal compared to shallots. Many people, including my mother, add Chinese keys to tame the fish flavor and add a nice aroma to the curry. Southern Sour Curry Paste is made with fresh turmeric and garlic.

3-4 Servings, Prep Time: 10 Minutes, Total Time: 25 Minutes

Tips and Techniques

  • Cheat: In a pinch, I use ground chili pepper that I have from making kim chi. It takes out the heavy grinding part.
  • Use Anaheim peppers for milder taste.  Use smaller chili peppers for extra heat.  You can also use a combination of the two.
  • The amount of chili peppers really depends on how hot you like it.
  • The amount of ingredients are flexible but use maximum 1 teaspoon of shrimp paste.  Use more shallots than garlic.
  • You often see Chinese keys used in Thai cooking when one of the ingredients is fish.  It's optional for sour curry paste.  My mother loves it.  I usually don't use it.
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