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Massaman curry paste

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes one jar


  1. Soak the chillies in water for 10 minutes and then deseed.

  2. Dry-fry the dry spices in a wok to release the flavours and then grind to a powder in a pestle and mortar or in a processor/blender.

  3. Add all the other ingredients and grind or blitz to a fine paste.

  4. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 months.


  • 15 dried red chillies
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds, ground
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, ground
  • 1 stick cinnamon, ground
  • 3 cloves, ground
  • 4 peppercorns, ground
  • 4 tbsp garlic, chopped
  • 4 tbsp shallots, chopped
  • 1 heaped tsp shrimp paste
  • 1 - 2 sticks lemongrass, chopped
  • 1 tsp galangal root, chopped
  • 1 tsp fish sauce

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