6-8ShallotsUse 1/2 chopped onion if shallots are not available
1tbspCoriander rootsChopped (You can use coriander stem if roots are not available)
1inch pieceGalangal or Ginger
1Lemon grass stalkRemove the leaves from outside the stalk and cut into slices
1Kaffir lime leavesChopped
8-10Thai basil leaves
Dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds and black peppercorns until slightly fragrant and browned.
Add all the ingredients in a mortar and pestle and pound to make a smooth paste.
You can also add all the ingredients in a food processor and grind to make a coarse paste.
Do not make the paste too smooth. It should be a little coarse in texture.Use fresh ingredients to make this paste. The taste of the ingredients shines through in the paste and it makes a lot of difference.Although these pastes are easily available in the market these days, the Authentic Green Curry paste can be prepared within no time at home as well. It is definitely more flavourful than the store bought ones but it is also much economical to make at home.You can make a big batch and refrigerate for up to a month and use whenever required. You can also freeze the paste for later use.Skip shrimp paste and fish sauce or use vegan version of these to make a vegan green curry paste.This paste is also gluten free if soy sauce is not added. But you can add tamari for the flavour and yet keep it gluten free. You can also add some soy sauce as a replacement of fish sauce and shrimp paste.