- ¾ cupServings
8 dried red chiles (such as santaka)
1 large shallot, sliced
3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 makrut lime leaves, stemmed
1 tsp paprika
¾ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground turmeric
2 stalks lemongrass, tough outer portion removed, tender inner parts chopped
3 tbsp chopped raw unsalted cashews
1 tbsp chopped peeled galangal
1 tbsp reduced-sodium tamari
2 tsp shrimp paste
1/8 tsp tamarind concentrate or raw honey
2 tbsp avocado oil
1. Place chiles, shallot, garlic and lime leaves in a heat-proof bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand 15 minutes, until chiles soften. Drain.
2. To a small, dry skillet on medium-low, add paprika, coriander and turmeric. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.
3. In a food processor, combine chile mixture, spice mixture, lemongrass, cashews, galangal, tamari, shrimp paste and tamarind; process until finely chopped. With machine running, drizzle in oil until a paste forms. Use right away, or refrigerate up to a week. Or freeze in an ice cube tray; transfer to a resealable bag and freeze up to 3 months.