Good afternoon, Fatties.
We’ve had a hankering for some spicy, sweet, delicious Thai food all day. We could list the best Thai foods in Toronto but this slightly labour intensive food is a really fun one to make on a night in. Be it with friends or with a special, spicy someone, there’s plenty of small tasks to busy your hands as you chit chat and bond. Lots of veggie chopping and spice grinding.
Here we go. Some tips and tricks for the perfect red Thai curry paste:
What’s great about this is you can include any veggies you want. Your best bets include eggplant, red and green peppers, bamboo and sugar snap peas.
Make your own red curry paste. Try this recipe:
1. Combine 25-35 dried hot red chili peppers with 1 tbsp salt. Use up to 70 peppers if you like it drooling hot.
2. Once almost completely smooth, grind in 4 cloves of garlic.
3. Chop 2-3 stalks of lemongrass. Add in along with 1/8 tsp dried turmeric. Grind your life away. Remove any remaining lemongrass pieces.
4. Grind together with about 2.5 tbsp of shrimp paste
Voila! Now stirfry your vegetables quickly, pour coconut milk over them, then add in the curry paste. Enjoy with jasmine rice or coconut rice. If you’re really feeling like taking time, try making your own coconut milk too. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime and throw on a few leaves of Thai basil and your ready to enjoy.
Tip: Use a coffee grinder to combine your ingredients and create a pastey delight. Otherwise, grind together using a mortar and pestle. The mortar and pestle requires at least 20 minutes of grinding.