Food is my passion – Thai Green Curry Paste (and soup)

I decided to buy a mortar and pestle. I bought a granite one from Dunelm during my lunch at work and it cost £6 and 45 minutes of my flexi and 30 minute lunch break. Worth it. I got home and quickly set about to condition it by grinding some rice and rock salt to get rid of any granite that may come loose in the initial use.


I'm ready to cook some Thai foods I’m ready to cook some Thai foods

I’ve recently become obsessed with cooking more Thai cuisine after watching Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey on BBC iPlayer. I bought loads of chillis, fresh herbs, dried whole herbs and I need to make something!! I need to source out Fresh Galangal, Fresh Tumeric and more Kaffir Lime leaves and limes.

I miss the easy access I had to Birmingham when I lived fully in Telford – it was down the road, basically.

So I found a recipe online for a homemade Thai Green Paste and decided to just go for it!


  • 4 shallots
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon galangal (I used galangal paste from sainsburys)
  • 3 lemon grass (just the bottom half)
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seed (toasted)
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorn (toasted)
  • 1 tablespoon rock salt
  • Some coriander stems
  • 10-12 thai green chillis (I used 10 and then added a normal green chilli for colour)

And then mash all up!

The smell was amazing – it was so fresh and lemony (due to the lemongrass).

I froze the majority of the paste to be used on another occasion.

Thai Curry Icecubes, anyone? Thai Curry Icecubes, anyone?

I used the one tablespoon of paste to make a midnight Thai Green Chicken Soup for work the next day.

So the ingredients are as follows:

  • 1 Onion chopped – I included some shallots too
  • 2 Crushed Ginger
  • Sliced Red Pepper
  • Sliced Chicken Breast
  • 400ml Coconut Milk
  • 1 litre Chicken Stock
  • 1 tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Chopped Fresh Coriander
  • I also added Baby Corn and Sugar Snap peas for extra veg

Fry onions until golden and softened. Add garlic and fry a bit longer. Add coconut milk, fish sauce and stock – bring to the boil. Add everything else and cook until chicken is cooked through. Add lime juice and coriander.

Serve to friends at midnight after an Open Mic evening :)

Written by Yuen Ting Cheung