Homemade Yellow Curry Paste

Making Yellow Curry at Home

thai-yellow-curryA few years ago, we were out to dinner with The Husband’s coworker and new wife, both Indian. He mentioned that I had been trying to learn how to cook Indian food, and had bought a crazy number of spices to make this happen. She looked at me quizzically, and then said, “You know they sell Indian food at restaurants, right? You don’t have to do this.”

I could hear those words in her head as I made the yellow curry paste: “You know they sell curry paste at stores, right?”

But here’s the thing: aside from the fact that I smelled like garlic and ginger for the remainder of the day, I kind of enjoyed it. I’d never worked with lemongrass before, and the fragrance was just magical.

This makes enough curry paste for two meals, and keeps for up to two weeks in the fridge.

Yellow Curry Paste

Serves 8
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hour
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Stir fry curry paste and 1 Tbsp oil in a wok. Add 1 cup chicken broth. Add thinly sliced chicken, potatoes and vegetables; cook through. Taste for seasoning. Add .25 cup of coconut milk. Serve immediately.


  • 1 lemongrass (minced)
  • 2 yellow chiles
  • 2 shallots (chopped)
  • 1 " ginger (sliced)
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • .5 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • .25 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2-3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • .75 teaspoon turmeric
  • .5 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • .25 can coconut milk


Step 1
Combine all ingredients, except for coconut milk, in the food processor.
Step 2
Gradually add coconut milk to blend to a smooth consistency.


Weekend-All“Yum! I like this! Make it again!” said The Assistant.

The Husband and I agree that it could have been spicier, but such is the peril of making things kid-friendly. We added a bit of sriracha to kick up the heat a bit.

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One Response

  1. Greg O. says:

    Sounds more Thai than Indian but yellow curry is one of life’s great pleasures.

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