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How To Make Thai Curry Paste

|How To Make Thai Curry Paste

I like making all the basic ingredients I cook with instead of buying ready-made. I never buy ketchup, BBQ sauce or mayonnaise because I want to have full control over what I eat. Most store-bought products don't contain just sugar, but also preservatives and additives that are best avoided.

I've been making my own curry paste for over two years and always have some in the freezer, ready to be used in Asian keto recipes. It adds an amazing taste and even creams up sauces so you won't have to use a thickener. It will spice up any dishes, including simple side dishes like cauli-rice.

Note for KetoDiet App Users: This ingredient has been added to the KetoDiet food database and will appear in the upcoming update.

Preparation time


Nutritional values (per serving/ 1 tbsp/ 15 g/ 0.5 oz):

2.1 grams 0.5 grams 0.4 grams 0.1 grams 0 grams 12 calories
Total Carbs2.6grams
Net Carbs2.1grams
of which Saturated0grams
Potassium & Magnesiumtrace

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (76%), protein (15%), fat (9%)

Ingredients (makes 1 medium jar/ ~ 1 ½ cups):

  • 3 medium shallots or brown onion (150 g/ 5.3 oz)
  • 2 heads garlic, about 16 cloves (50 g/ 1.8 oz)
  • ⅓ cup sliced ginger root (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
  • 2 tbsp fresh turmeric root (12 g/ 0.4 oz) - see notes below
  • juice and zest from 1 lime
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, peeled
  • 10-20 green or red Thai chilies, deseeded (40 g/ 1.4 oz) - size varies
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt (I like pink Himalayan)
  • ¼ - ½ cup fresh cilantro
Spices for toasting:

You can find fresh turmeric root in Asian grocery stores or on Amazon.


  1. Peel and roughly chop the shallots, garlic, ginger and turmeric root. Zest and juice the lime. Remove the outer woody lemongrass stalk, 1-2 layers as needed - only use the soft bulb inside. |How To Make Thai Curry Paste
  2. Place the coriander seeds, peppercorns and cumin seeds in a hot pan and dry-roast briefly for just 30-60 seconds. Cut the stems off the chilies and remove the seeds (or keep some if you prefer your curry paste extra hot). |How To Make Thai Curry Paste
  3. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. |How To Make Thai Curry Paste
  4. Place the paste in a jar and store in the fridge for up to a week. |How To Make Thai Curry Paste Freeze any remaining curry paste in an ice-cube tray for up to 3 months. |How To Make Thai Curry Paste

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Comments (8)

to make it a red curry paste, what would i use? i assume it would be minor adjustments needed. thanx!


I'd use red chilies and some tomato paste Smile


I made this for dinner tonight, I used it to make a stir fry with coconut cream like you would use a purchased curry paste. It was awesome, thanks!!


Thank you Shelley!


Where would I buy Turmeric root from as really want to make this as I adore thai food.


If your local grocery store doesn't have it, try Asian market, Amazon, or use dry turmeric (about a teaspoon instead). Fresh would be better but dried should work too.


How much dried turmeric spice can I use in place of fresh?
Thanks!  Smile


Fresh turmeric would be better but I think you could use dried turmeric too, I'd use 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric - that should be enough Smile


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