Cock brand curry pastes

See also Madras curry powder recipe

Update: 2021

The curry pastes below are no longer easily available from the UK, however the Mae Ploy Curry Pastes are identical, taste as good and are very reasonably priced.

Curry paste is a moist blend of ground or pounded herbs and/or spices and other seasonings. Curry paste is primarily known an important ingredient in Thai cuisine, and it can also be a generic commercial product which substitutes curry powders or spice blends used in other cuisines.

I have found that a curry made from just fried onions, curry paste, coconut milk, jaggery and lemon juice is often far superior to a complex one made with freshly ground spices.

Buy the smallest container you can unless you make curries extremely regularly as many curry pastes, including the one shown, are water based, so once opened, have a fairly limited fridge life.

Freezing curry paste

Divide the curry paste into usable portions and freeze them separately in disposable plastic coffee cups for later use.

Update: I have since discovered that because they do not freeze solid, the curry pastes pictured are best kept by cutting an opening in the plastic bag inside the container and simply freezing the pot. The paste can be spooned out directly from the freezer!

Red Curry paste

Red curry paste includes red chili peppers (fresh or dried), shallots, garlic, galangal, lemon grass, coriander roots, peppercorns, salt, shrimp paste and kaffir lime zest.

Green Curry paste

The ingredients for Green curry paste is similar to red curry paste, except green chilies are often used in place of the red ones.

Yellow Curry paste

Yellow curry paste is also similar to both red and green curry pastes, but it is made with turmeric, where it derives its yellow colour, and occasionally yellow chili peppers.


You'll find these at any good Asian supermarket, they are also now available on line from Amazon.

Buy the 400g pot and freeze immediately, see above tip. These water-based pastes will not keep in the fridge once opened. They will go mouldy after a few weeks.

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