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Can be made ahead of time.
Nam Prik Krueng Gaeng Kheow Wan
The green chiles and cilantro in this recipe give this curry paste its name. The krueng in the name means “engine” in Thai, and the gaeng means “curry” these pastes are used literally to make the dishes “go.” Green curry paste is the one used to fire up the hottest of all the Thai curries. Traditionally, the finely chopped rind of the kaffir lime is used to flavor this paste; since it’s not readily available, we don’t call for it here.
Heat a heavy skillet over high heat, add the coriander, cumin, and peppercorns, and dry-roast until the seeds darken and become fragrant, being careful that they don’t burn. Allow the ingredients to cool completely, place them in a spice mill or coffee grinder, and process to a fine powder.
Trim the stalks of the lemongrass to about 3 inches in length. Trim away any hard portions, discard the outer leaves, and coarsely chop.
Place all the ingredients, except the oil, in a blender or food processor and, with the motor running, slowly add just enough of the oil to form a paste.
Refrigerate for up to 1 month or freeze for 4 months.
Nutritional information is based on 8 servings, and using 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.