I prefer the taste of homemade red curry paste, and the same goes for green curry paste. It is a more authentic flavour, and much more fun to make from scratch in your own kitchen, than to drive to the supermarket to pick up a jar. However, be prepared for lots of chopping! For a change, substitute shrimp for the beef, and add 3/4 cup fresh or canned, drained, pineapple pieces in place of the flaked coconut. Don't forget the basil! If you are accurate in your measurements the curry paste should yield 10 tablespoons - I seem to obtain around 8. The remainder can be stored in a sealed jar in the refrigerator. The recipe feeds 4 people if other Thai dishes are included in the meal. Adapted from a recipe by Vatcharin Bhumichitr.