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Thai Roasted Chile Paste

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Cooks in Southeast Asia make use of pastes that combine roasted fresh or dried chillies with a variety of other seasonings. Various commercial chilli pastes are sold, but a good chile paste is also easy to make at home.












Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb, Sugar-Free


6 large dried red chiles
6 cloves garlic
2 each shallots
unpeeled, halved
2 tablespoons shrimp paste
2 tablespoons shrimp, dried
3 tablespoons tamarind juice
2 tablespoons palm sugar
or brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
cup vegetable oil


In a dry wok over medium heat, fry the dried chillies, garlic, shallots, stirring often, until they darken and become dry and brittle.

When the chillies are charred on both sides, after 3 to 5 minutes, transfer them to a plate.

Leave the garlic and shallots in the pan until they darken and feel tender when pressed, 5 to 8 minutes longer, then transfer to the plate.

Split open the chillies and shake out the seeds.

Peel the garlic and shallots. Wrap the dried shrimp paste in a piece of aluminium foil, and place the packet directly on a stove top burner turned on to med-high heat.

Toast, turning once or twice, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Open the packet; if the shrimp paste crumbles, it is ready. Let cool.

In a blender, process the dried shrimp to a fine powder.

Add the chillies, garlic, shallots, dried shrimp paste, tamarind water, palm sugar or brown sugar, salt and about 1 tbpsp of the vegetable oil.

Blend until a smooth paste forms.

In a small saucepan over med heat, warm the remaining vegetable oil and add the paste, stirring frequently, until it darkens to a deep reddish dark brown and has a sticky, oil consistency, 10 to 15 minutes.

Let cool, transfer to a jar, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 1 year.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
 about 7 years ago

nice recipe

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 33g (1.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 18091% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 592mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Sugars g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 2% Iron 1%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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