Preparation / Directions:
* soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, drained and minced, or 2 tsp. peeled, minced ginger root ** or 2 dried, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes, drained and minced, or 1/2 tsp. grated lime zest The preparation of Thai curry pastes involves pounding or grinding together an array of spices and herbs. This recipe is very hot; cut down on the amount of dried red chiles if a milder curry is desired.
In a mortar or a small bowl, combine all the ingredients. Using a pestle or the back of a metal spoon, press down on the mixture and stir until it forms a paste. (The curry paste can be prepared ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.) Makes 3 to 3 1/2 Tbs..
From "Eating Well", Jan/Feb, 1992.