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26 April 2019

Use this easy yellow curry paste recipe to make your own fresh homemade spicy curries, sauces, soups and stews.

Do you love curry? Do you find yourself making curry at home? If you’re a spicy food lover like I am, I’m sure curries are on your radar or in your regular recipe rotation.

Curry is wonderfully spicy and filled with so many satisfying flavors. And there are so many different types we can make. It’s a spicy food lover’s dream dish.

If you’re making it at home, you want to make it as good as it can be. This brings us to a simple question.

What Differentiates Great Curry from Good Curry?

Great curry uses the freshest ingredients possible, as well as a piquant mix of homemade curry seasonings, and this includes a great homemade curry paste. If you want to make great curry, you need to use great, fresh ingredients and seasonings.

Like this one. This homemade yellow curry paste recipe will help make your curry mouth-watering great.

This is more of a Thai curry paste, but you can use it to add flavor to pretty much any of your curry dishes. It’s loaded with fresh ingredients and spices and I think you’ll love it as much as I do.

Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we?

Spicy Yellow Curry Paste in a bowl

What Ingredients are in Yellow Curry Paste?

  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 4 small spicy red chili peppers, chopped (Thai peppers are best, but you can use any to you choice – cayenne or red serrano are good substitutes)
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lemongrass stalk (trimmed, woody parts removed)
  • 6 stalks green onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger (ground is good, too)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced turmeric (ground is good, too)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (olive oil is good, or use a neutral oil)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional, or use brown sugar)

Spicy Yellow Curry Paste ingredients

 

How to Make Homemade Yellow Curry Paste

First, add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender, including chili peppers, shallot, garlic, lemongrass, green onion, shrimp paste, ginger, turmeric, lemon juice, lime juice, oil and seasonings.

Yellow Curry Paste ingredients in a food processor, ready to be processed

Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.

Yellow Curry Paste ingredients in a food processor, processed

Alternatively, you can grind down the solid ingredients and spices with a mortar and pestle, then slowly add in the liquid ingredients as you mix. Mix until a paste forms to your preferred consistency.

Taste and adjust to your personal tastes. Need more salt? More lime juice? A pinch of sugar? Prefer brown sugar instead? Adjust as needed.

Strain out excess liquid, if desired, or use as-is.

Yellow Curry Paste in a bowl

Boom! Easy enough, right? Now it’s time to get cooking with your awesome new yellow curry paste. Go to town!

Recipe Tips

There are many other ingredients that you can add to this curry paste to make it your own. Some additions might include fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley. Some people like to include a curry powder blend or perhaps some garam masala.

Mustard seeds are a nice addition, as is fish sauce, though I chose to use shrimp paste. I just love the flavor it brings.

Try roasting the shallots and garlic before grinding into this recipe for even more flavor. It’s just so good for building up the taste.

Store the curry paste in the fridge, covered. It should last about a week in the fridge. Or, you can freeze it if needed. I’ll often freeze it in ice cube trays so I can have simple portions to toss into meals.

Making Spicy Curry Paste

The real key to making a good spicy curry paste is your choice of chili peppers. Thai peppers bring quite a bit of heat, measuring from 50,000 to 100,000 Scoville Heat Units on the Scoville Scale. That’s quite hot, the lowest end of that range about as hot as a serrano pepper.

If  you’d like a milder curry, go with milder peppers. If you’d like a spicier curry, go with more Thai peppers, or use even hotter peppers, like this Ghost Pepper Curry that I love to enjoy.

It’s so much better than any store bought curry paste.

How to Cook with Curry Paste

Curry paste is essential to many different Thai food dishes and especially curries.  When cooking with curry paste, it is usually added after you’ve cooked down your aromatics. You’ll cook it in the hot pan for only a minute or two before adding in your liquid, such as chicken stock or coconut milk.

From there, it simply simmers into your recipe and the flavors develop from there.

You can use many different proteins or ingredients to round out your curry, such as chicken, beef, lamb, shrimp, even chickpeas.

Lastly, you don’t have to only make curry with curry paste. Give other dishes a bit of Thai flare by tossing some into soups or stews simmering on the stove. Use it as part of a marinade or a rub.

Coconut Curry with Chicken Thighs, in a pan, simmering

What’s the Difference Between Yellow Curry Paste and Red Curry Paste?

The biggest difference between yellow curry paste and red curry paste, aside from the obvious color difference, is in heat level and ingredients used. Yellow curry gains its color mostly from the turmeric, which is a vibrant yellow. Red curry paste focuses more on the red peppers and that fiery flavor, though both can be quite spicy.

Yellow Curry Paste on a spoon

Final Notes

That’s it, my friends! You can use this yellow curry paste to add flavor and spice to pretty much any curry recipe. Use it in place of your curry seasoning blend, or better yet, use it alongside that blend as a great flavor developer.

I hope you enjoy it!

Try Some of My Popular Curry Recipes

Yellow Curry Paste on a spoon

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Homemade Yellow Curry Paste Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Use this easy yellow curry paste recipe to make your own fresh homemade spicy curries, sauces, soups and stews.
Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American, Indian, Thai
Keyword: chili peppers, curry, recipe, spicy
Servings: 20
Calories: 28 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 1 red bell pepper stemmed, seeded and chopped
  • 4 small spicy red peppers chopped (Thai peppers are best, but you can use any to you choice – cayenne or red serrano are good substitutes)
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass trimmed, woody parts removed
  • 6 stalks green onion sliced
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger ground is good, too
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced turmeric ground is good, too
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar optional, or use brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. Alternatively, you can grind down the solid ingredients and spices in a mortar and pestle, then slowly add in the liquid ingredients as you mix. Mix until a paste forms to your preferred consistency.
  3. Taste and adjust to your personal tastes. Need more salt? More lime juice? A pinch of sugar? Adjust as needed.
  4. Strain out excess liquid, if desired, or use as-is.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Makes 1.5-2 cups.

Heat Factor: Mild-Medium, but it is HUGE on flavor. You can easily bring up the heat level by using spicier peppers or by adding spicy chili powder or flakes.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Yellow Curry Paste Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 28 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Potassium 70mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 6.2%
Vitamin C 27.4%
Calcium 1%
Iron 2.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Homemade Yellow Curry Paste - Use this easy yellow curry paste recipe to make your own fresh homemade spicy curries, sauces, soups and stews. #Curry #Thai

2 comments

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Noel, this will last a week in the fridge, covered. You can freeze it, though, to keep it longer, at least 3 months. Enjoy!

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