Malaysian Curry Paste

Curry paste is something that is so easy and affordable to make, that I don’t know why people do not make it more often. This recipe costs less than $5.00 and is great addition to a vegetable or chicken curry.  

Preparation Time: 10 mins; Cooking Time: nil ; Makes approx. 1-1.5 cup


  • 3/4 cup peanut oil
  • ½ brown onion, diced
  • 7 cloves of garlic
  • 4 red birds eye chillies
  • 40g (match box size) of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 30g of turmeric root, peeled and sliced
  • 20g galangal, peeled and sliced (you can substitute with extra ginger if you can’t find this)
  • 1 lemongrass shoot, chopped
  • 1/3 cup of finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/3 cup peanuts, crushed
  • 3 large lime leaves


  1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until well combined (the paste will be slightly chunky).