Yield: Yields about 3/4-cup.
This extremely versatile flavoring paste is the essence of Thai cooking. The ritual of Thai food preparation invariably begins with pounding these ingredients, sometimes along with other herbs and spices, into a paste. Try it in Stir-Fried Chicken with Green Beans & Mushrooms. You can use a mortar, a food processor, or a blender, but the paste made in a machine will be coarser. For a less-pungent paste, use 2 tsp. peppercorns and 1 tsp. coriander seeds.
Make Ahead Tips
The paste can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to a month.
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