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    Red Curry Paste (Krueng Gaeng Peht)

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    Renegade Chef's Note:

    From Nancie McDermott's Real Thai: The Best of Thailand's Regional Cooking. If you want to save time you can grind the spices and combine the rest using a food processor instead of a mortar. I have been using this recipe lately and with the exception of the fresh lemongrass (you can substitute 4 tsp dried) all of the ingredients are easy to find. I sometimes also substitute a little lime juice for the peel and green onions for the shallot. You can also roast batches of seeds ahead of time--just don't grind them until you're ready to use them.

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    1. 1
      Stem the chilies and shake out and discard most of the seeds. Chop them coarsely and place in a small bowl with warm water to cover. Soak 20 minutes.
    2. 2
      Meanwhile, dry-fry the coriander and the cumin seeds 3 - 5 minutes each over medium heat.
    3. 3
      Combine the roasted seeds with the peppercorns and grind to powder. Set aside.
    4. 4
      Chop lemongrass stalks and add to mortar.
    5. 5
      Add the cilantro, galanga/ginger, and lime peel. Pound. Add garlic and shallot and continue pounding until a paste forms.
    6. 6
      Drain the chilies and add them to the mortar. After they are ground, add the spices, shrimp paste, and salt, and continue grinding until you achieve a smooth paste.
    7. 7
      Refrigerate in a tightly covered glass jar; keeps up to one month.

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    Nutritional Facts for Red Curry Paste (Krueng Gaeng Peht)

    Serving Size: 1 (152 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 108.2
    Calories from Fat 16
    Total Fat 1.8 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 2345.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 22.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.8 g
    Sugars 4.4 g
    Protein 4.5 g

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    fresh lemongrass


    lime peel

    shrimp paste

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