Vegetarian Red Curry Paste Recipe

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Most people don't know that red curry paste is not vegetarian friendly. Shrimp paste is one of key ingredients in red curry paste. To have a real vegetarian curry, you must start with vegetarian curry paste. Unless you can find a home-made vegetarian curry paste, it's not available in stores. Even in Thailand, outside of vegetarian food festival, you will have to hunt for vegetarian curry paste.

I made this recipe for my friend and her family. They love Thai food and Thai curries.

 

Tips and Techniques

  • Red onion is a great substitution for shallots.  But do expect a wetter paste.
  • Cilantro stem is a great substitution for root.
  • One great thing about making your own curry paste is that you can control the heat in your paste. I use Anaheim pepper, or sometimes it's called California chili. The chili is quite large, 3-4 inches in length and not hot. I found them at Hispanic markets.
  • You may want to use more dried chili peppers, or hotter chili peppers if you like hot food. I use large peppers that are not hot but give a vibrant orange color.
  • Since the first edition of this recipe, I'm not sure if using food processor will save time. What you get from using mortar and pestle is that the incredible aroma from pounding the ingredients as opposed to cutting.
  • I also have used miso originally. I have excluded the miso and didn't miss it. So, in this update, miso paste is eliminated.
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