I was given a really cute mortar and pestle for my birthday last year, and until now hadn’t really had the chance to use it to it’s fullest capacity (crushing ginger and nuts doesn’t count).
So a few days ago I set my mind to the task of actually making a yellow Thai curry paste from scratch – what better way to test out my mortar and pestle?! I’m not sure the photos make it look all that appetising, but let me tell you – the aroma that was coming from these herbs and spices was incredible! I’m not entirely sure if I made it pastey enough, but by this stage my arms were killing me and I had to stop haha.
I got the recipe from Rosa’s Yummy Yums Blog and I’d highly recommend it if you were wanting to give paste-making a go! I’m not sure how traditional it is, but it sure was delish. I ended up making a yellow curry with fish for dinner and it was amazing.. heaps better than store bought – and somehow it even felt better because I knew exactly what went into it. Win!
PS. You don’t have to have a mortar and pestle to make your own curry pastes, a food processor would also be fine (and easier on your arms)!