Yellow Curry Paste

The yellow colour in this Thai yellow curry paste comes mostly from the turmeric powder. Most of the ingredients are yellow, but it is the natural dye of turmeric that makes it so bright.

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A few weeks ago I met a person who had a life changing experience. Partly out of choice, and mostly out of necessity he had his leg amputated. I cannot imagine what someone has to go through to get to the point of making that decision. I met him post surgery, and so I will always know him like that. He was amazing, with a wheelchair for use in the house, and a motorised chair for use outside. He zoomed around his property showing us all sorts of treasures and let me loose in his hothouse. I could have spent hours there just enjoying the abundance of the herbs, and tending to the basil flowers that needed picking. However, I left all that aside when I spotted some yellow chillies. I had a recipe for a Thai Yellow Curry Paste that needed making and here were the chillies I needed.

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They had been on my shopping list since December so you can imagine how happy I was to find these. I also grabbed a few purple ones as they actually start out this colour. I am waiting for them to dry so that I can plant the seeds. Once I had finished my picking we went back to the house for coffee. Together Dave and he made the coffee while I wandered around the house. Sitting in the corner of the kitchen was an Aga. It was perfectly suited to the kitchen and only gets used in winter. Dave and I have been invited back for a meal which he will cook and I cannot wait for that opportunity. I will get to see the Aga in use, and I can take some of this yellow curry paste as a gift. Have you ever cooked on an Aga?
Yellow Curry Paste

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Yellow Curry Paste

Make an abundance of this when you can find yellow chillies
Recipe Category: Curry, Sauces
Makes enough for: 1 batch curry paste
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 1 stalk lemongrass, thickly sliced
  • 2 yellow chillies, stalk removed
  • 1 small onion, peeled, stem removed and quartered
  • 5 cm fresh root ginger, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 3 large cloves garlic, paper removed
  • 5 mls ground coriander
  • 2.5 mls ground turmeric
  • 5 mls yellow mustard seeds
  • 3 dried lime leaves
  • 15 mls date or palm sugar
  • 45 mls fish sauce
  • 15 mls lime juice
  • 60 mls coconut cream


  • Place all of the ingredients into a blender
  • Blitz to form a smooth paste
  • Place into a sterilized glass jar and use as needed
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23 thoughts on “Yellow Curry Paste

  1. What a touching story, Tandy. I admire people so much when they’re put in such a life changing experience. It is hard to comprehend, but goodness they can be so inspiring.
    This sounds so delicious – I went out for dinner last night and nearly ordered a yellow curry, but there was so much to choose from, so I ended up with something else. I will have to try your recipe soon.

  2. A very tasty looking yellow curry, I can’t wait to hear what you make with it. I would love to have an AGA Gas Cooker, but we’re an electrical country and only bottled gas is available. Let us know how it was.

  3. Very nice story. And the chile paste is so pretty. I’ve never been able to make Thai chile pastes from scratch because of the fresh ingredients required. But I have grown lemon grass… just not the others.

  4. I have never used an Aga, they look quite complicated but I have been assured by ‘Aga people’, once you have used one, you become hooked. I’ll have to stick to my Ilve (which I love). I find making chilli paste and other condiments so satisfying and this one sounds delicious and it’s such a pretty one.

  5. I suppose, TAndy, if you suffer chronic pain and have a chance to be pain free you could make a decision like this. Or if you have cancer and it is the safest route to choose.

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