How To make Vegetarian Thai Curry with Homemade Fresh Thai Curry Paste? (No fish sauce)

Many of the packaged Thai curry pastes available in the market contain shrimp paste and fish sauce. There are a few Indian brands that manufacture Thai Curry paste without a non-vegetarian base; however, these are often not easily available. Why rush to the supermarket each time you crave for Thai curry? With fresh ingredients homemade thai curry paste is a far better choice.


Vegetarian Thai Red Curry


This vegetarian thai red curry is made with fresh, homemade thai curry paste with a vegetarian base. You can also use eggplant or other vegetables as per your preference.


Note: Non-vegetarians can add in shrimp paste and fish sauce to the Thai Curry paste. Diced chicken, fish or shrimps can be added to make a Chicken or Seafood Thai curry.




Step 1: How To make Vegetarian Thai Curry Paste


Galangal (use ginger if unavailable)                 30grams, peeled

Garlic              25grams

Lemongrass stems       30grams

Fresh Coriander Roots, cleaned          50grams

Corianders Seeds, dry roasted                        15grams

Cumin, dry roasted     7grams

Red Bell Pepper          60grams

Red Chili (use fresh if available)         20grams

Fresh Turmeric Root (optional)         5grams

Soy Sauce        10ml

Vegetable Oil               25ml

Salt      to taste


Step2 : Vegetables


Broccoli, cut into florets         100grams

Green bell Pepper, diced         60grams

French Beans, 1 inch pieces    60grams

Mushrooms, cut into half       100grams

Baby Corn, halved and cut into 1 inch pieces                        60grams

Red Bell Pepper, diced           60grams


Step 3: Thai Curry


Vegetable Oil               40ml

Onion, diced                50grams

Galangal, chopped      20grams

Garlic              25 grams

Thai Curry Paste prepared in Step 1

Thai Basil        15grams

Lemongrass     15grams

Vegetable Stock           60ml

Coconut Milk             200ml

Soy Sauce        10ml

Cane Sugar                  10grams

Vegetables prepared in Step 2

Fresh Red Chili, sliced            10grams

Salt      to taste




Step 1:


Grind all the ingredients listed in Step 1 into a paste.

Homemade Thai Curry Paste (Vegetarian)


Step 2:


Boil water in a deep pan. Cut and prepare the vegetables.

Blanch the broccoli and refresh with cold water.

Blanch the green and red bell pepper and refresh with cold water.

Boil the french beans and baby corn.

Blanch the mushrooms.

Save the cooking liquid and use it as vegetable stock later on.


Step 3:


Heat oil in a pot; add garlic, galangal, onion and sauté.

Add in thai curry paste and cook well.

Add in vegetable stock, basil and cook on medium heat.

Tie the lemongrass leaves into a bundle and add it into the curry.

Add in the coconut milk, soy sauce, cane sugar and mix.

Add in the vegetables and cook on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes.

Remove the lemongrass bundle from the curry.

Add in the sliced red chili.

Garnish with a swirl of coconut cream and basil leaves.