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Prik Kaeng Kiao Wan (Green Curry Paste)

Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 1 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 cup 237mlPrik ki nu (green birdseye chilies)
5 tablespoons 75mlLemon grass, finely sliced
10 tablespoons 150mlShallots (purple onions), chopped
10 tablespoons 150mlGarlic, minced
5 tablespoons 75mlGalangal (kha) - grated
5 tablespoons 75mlCilantro root - chopped
2 tablespoons 30mlCoriander seed
1 tablespoon 15mlCumin seed
1 tablespoon 15mlFreshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons 30mlShredded bai makroot (lime leaves)
4 tablespoons 60mlKapi (fermented shrimp paste)
1 tablespoon 15mlPalm sugar

Recipe Instructions

This is a paste for a green curry and the 'wan' indicates that it should be slightly sweet as well as hot.


If you can't get prik ki nu, you can use half a pound of serrano chilies or one pound of jalapeno chilies. If you use the latter deseed them before use. Note that if you use a substitute you will get a different volume of paste, and that you will need to use different amounts in subsequent recipes.

If you can't get kha use ginger. If you can't get bai makroot use lime zest. If you can't get coriander root, use coriander leaves.


Coarsely chop the chilies. Toast the dry seeds in a heavy iron skillet or wok, and grind them coarsely.

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and process to a smooth paste.

Place in tightly stoppered jars, and keep in the fridge for at least a week for the flavors to combine and develop before use.

The remaining three pastes are all made from dried red chilies: those sold in Thailand are frankly stale. Those sold in Europe and America are generally barely fit for human consumption. If you must use them then break them up and shake out the seeds, and soak them in tepid water for about 30 minutes before use.

Preferably dry fresh red chilies. All these recipes call for one cup of fresh red chilies, or half a pound of red habaneros, or one pound of red jalapenos, deseeded. Dry them in the sun, or if the climate doesn't allow then dry them in a herb desiccator, or smoke them in a smoker or over a barbeque.

The dried chilies (which need not be tinder dry - it is enough to remove most of the water) are then toasted under a broiler until *almost* burnt.

Treat this stage with extreme caution: if you overcook them a noxious gas closely related to Mustard gas is released. This is quite dangerous - at a minimum cook them in a very well ventilated room with a fan on and have a damp cloth ready to cover your mouth and nose in case of emergencies -- and disconnect your smoke detector/fire alarm!

Recipe By: Muoi Khuntilanont

Nancy Lam's Wok Wiz


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