Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

About Thai Curry Paste


This Week's Film: The Overture
Cuisine: Thai

Nearly every Thai cookbook begins with basic recipes for three curry pastes: red, green, and yellow. These pungent and potent concoctions are featured in the ingredient lists for all kinds of recipes. Regardless of the color, the basic ingredients of Thai curry pastes include garlic, ginger, shallots, lemongrass, coriander, cumin, and shrimp paste.

Red curry paste includes lots of red chilies. Green curry paste gets its vibrant color from green chilies and lots of cilantro. And yellow curry paste turns a brilliant shade of ochre with the addition of turmeric or curry powder. All are rich and spicy, and may be used in a variety of dishes.

My Thai red curry recipe will be posted at the end of the week, along with my Overture film review.