How to make curry paste

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How to make curry paste

Fresh curry paste will put the wow-factor into your homemade curries. Plus, it's easy to put together and keeps well.

Ingredients

Method

  1. Put the seeds and peppercorns into a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Cook for about three minutes, stirring often, until the mustard seeds start to pop and the seeds turn golden and aromatic. Tip into a bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes.

  2. Add the turmeric, cinnamon, paprika and dried chillies to a pestle and mortar. Add the cooled toasted spices and grind everything together into a fine powder. Add the salt.

  3. Add grated ginger, garlic, tomato purée and white wine vinegar and mix well to make a paste.

  4. Use immediately, or spoon the paste into a jar, cover with a layer of oil, seal with a lid and store in the fridge for up to a week.

Recipe Tips

Tablespoon sized portions of the paste can be spooned into ice-cube trays and stored in the freezer for up to three months.