Cambodian Red Curry Paste


  • 4 Thai chillies, dried, stemmed & de-seeded  
  • 1 cup water  
  • 4 tablespoons paprika  
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil  
  • 4 cups Basic Lemon Grass Curry Sauce (above) 


  1. Break the chillies into small pieces.  
  2. Pour boiling water over them to cover and let steep until they are soft, about 15 minutes.  
  3. Combine the chillies, chillie water, and the paprika in a blender to make a paste  
  4. Heat the oil in a wok or skillet, add the chillie paste, and stir-fry until it begins to darken.  
  5. Reduce the heat, if needed, to prevent burning.  
  6. Stir enough of the paste into the Basic Lemon Grass Curry Sauce to give it a good red color, and to suit your taste.  
  7. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes