Thai Green Curry Paste
This is the magical flavor bomb at the core of green curry's bright flavor. It takes about a half hour of pounding, but I promise it's worth every second.
A traditional green curry paste is extremely spicy due to the Thai chilis. If you're heat-averse, feel free to sub in a milder chili such as serrano, jalapeño, or even green bell pepper. We don't fuck with gatekeeping in food — what's important is that you enjoy it.
Clean, trim, and slice all vegetables finely.
In this order, add your ingredients to the mortar and pestle and fully grind before each addition: chilis and salt, black peppercorn, lemongrass and coriander root, galangal, shallot and garlic.
Once all the veg are fully combined and smooth, add in your shrimp paste and stir together.
This recipe makes enough for about 8 individual servings of curry. I use about 50g per can of coconut milk as a general rule.
You can use it immediately or store it. It'll last about a week in the fridge or indefinitely in the freezer. If freezing, spread it out thinly in a freezer bag so you can easily thaw it or break off pieces.