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Does anyone know of a curry paste with a reliable heksher? If so, where can I buy it in the NY?NJ area??? I am specifically looking for red curry paste but would be interested in any leads! OR, does anyone know a good way to make the paste in a way that it will "keep" for use over time?

Also, I would be interested if anyone has come up with a low-saturated fat alternative to coconut milk -- I was thinking of trying soy milk and coconut flavoring, but dont want my thai dishes to taste like suntan oil!

Thanks!

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  1. Keep in mind that all commercial red curry pastes have shrimp paste in them. You can find vegetarian recipes online for it though that do not include shrimp.

    Coconut milk? I'd experiment like you'd mentioned the real stuff is very bad for your heart...it clogs arteries and jeapordizes your heart's health.

    Good Luck!

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    1. re: amy t.

      i am sorry, as I dont have a source for your curry paste, but I have to speak up about coconut milk and coconut oil in general.

      It is pretty much a myth that coconut is bad for you. The research that a lot of these suppositions come from was done in the 60's and failed to mention that what they used in the tests was hydrogenated. And as we all know, that has proven to be horrible for you. It was the hydrogenation that is bad, not coconut itself. It is a great shame that so much kosher proessed food uses these hydrogenated oils, but that is another topic altogether.

      Natural coconut is trans fat and cholestorol free. It is also rich in "good fats" 50% of coconut oil is lauric acid. Whats that? Only the same stuff found in breastmilk that supports healthy metabolism and is now being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties.

      The traditional Pacific Islander diet includes large quantities of coconut, and those who still follow this diet have a low incidence of heart disease or weight problems. Virgin coconut oil has been used for centuries as a staple food.

      I would look for coconut milk that uses the pure stuff, not trans fatty coconut oil. This myth about coconut really has got to go.

      By the way, I dont own stock or benefit from any coconut company or anything like that. I just happen to really like it and was curious as to why it was lableled so bad for you. :)

      1. re: baruch

        This was very helpful actually, about the bad rep coconut milk has unjustly gotten, because I love it too.

        I noticed that earlier on this page, on March 19, 2004, some folks were discussion the coconut milk issue and it was mentioned that it did not need a hecksher, and their was also a recipe on how to make it at home.

        1. re: Michelle

          AND ALSO SOME SIMILAR POSTINGS IN 12/03

          1. re: Michelle

            Commercial Coconut Milk needs a hecksher (it's processed and made in a foreign country where the same standards we hold by here may not be the case elsewhere) The homemade stuff seems easy enough to make. Meanwhile, I'm sticking to my guns on the health issue re:coconut products...coconut oil, (as someone earlier pointed out), is downright dangerous to one's health...and we need healthy Yids! I would venture to say that the food problem in the Jewish community is fairly out of control. No? I've become a modified chowhound lately you could say, trying my best to make healthier kosher choices. amy t.

            1. re: amy t.
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              CT Kosher Ben Noach

              It does not require a hecksher according to at least one authority - please see the link to an earlier discussion of this issue.

              Cheers,

              -Nathan

              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              1. re: CT Kosher Ben Noach

                I second (or third) the calls that coconut milk is healthy.

                1. re: DeisCane

                  For a very low fat coconut milk try Low Fat Milk with 1 drop of Coconut Essence to 1/2 cup of milk.

              2. re: amy t.

                All you have to do is actually research the coconut oil issue.

          2. re: baruch

            For taste! Pure fresh coconut milk extract from the nut itself is truely absolutely delicious; better than any source of sauces. There is not subtitude for pure fresh coconut milk except fresh heavy cream. However, there is a difference between Heavy cream and pure fresh cream of coconut - one is from fruit and the other is from animal. Any one who is pro-coconut then must try out fresh cream of coconut, not from the can but from the fresh nut itself for a true judgement complement. Purely fresh cream of Coconut does not just taste great but also contains vitamine which provided high nutrition combined with other food. Purely fresh cream coconut is a source of vitamine that promotes anti aging with no allergic reaction and is very very cheap in the market because it is unfamiliar to the American people. It is a shame that we can not buy pure fresh coconut cream in our American grocery store. I hope that some day soon we can buy "not can" but pure fresh coconut cream from the whole food store.

          3. re: amy t.

            Where did you get the idea that all commercial red curry pastes have have shrimp paste in them? Did you do any research or is that just another myth about kosher food perpetuated by rabbis who don't know squat about international cooking?

            http://www.atasteofthai.com/index.php...
            Taste of Thai does not have shrimp paste, nor does Thai Kitchen.
            http://www.amazon.com/Thai-Kitchen-Cu...

            I won't comment on the kashrut status of either, but it is untrue that ALL commerical red curry pastes have shrimp.

            If you're not entirely certain, please do not make blanket statements.

            1. re: rockycat

              I sent an e-mail on Friday to "Taste of Thai," which also makes Taste of China and Taste of India. I received the following reply from Frank Landry: "We have no kosher products and I am sorry but I don't know which may be." (I'd asked if they could recommend a company whose products are kosher.)

              Rockycat, can you recommend a kosher curry paste?
              Thanks, p.j.

              1. re: p.j.

                www.imofood.com
                http://www.koshergourmetmart.com/cata...

                And this site refers specifically to Indian curries only, but I thought it was kinda fun:
                http://www.koshercurry.co.uk/curry/de...

                As you can see, there aren't a lot of kosher Thai options out there, but they do exist, mostly by mail order.

            2. re: amy t.

              'Cream of coconut' is pretty bad for you while coconut milk is just fine. It should also be noted that there's a limited amount of coconut milk in most any given recipe. It's not like you're drinking it. Heavy cream and all the strange hydrogenated chemicals in pareve faux-dairy products are far worse.

              1. re: amy t.

                Yes. All real thai curry has shrimp paste. Without it the whole thing is shot.

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                1. Taste of Asia brand makes both red and green curry pastes, along with coconut milk (sold as "coconut liquid". The hechsher is KFA. It is imported from Israel, and I buy it in Toronto in the kosher aisle of John's No Frills, located on Centre St. west of Bathurst, in Thornhill.

                  The quality is great - I was a big fan of authentic Thai food before becoming kosher, and it's far better than most kosher products.

                  If you can't find that, VH sauces have a new line of thai curry sauces. However, I find they tend to me sweeter and less spicy than the authentic thai curries.

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                  1. re: JRKyummy

                    Try http://www.bombaybrand.com which is under the KSA.
                    http://www.ksakosher.com/companies.html
                    They are listed as COMMISSARIAT IMPORTS.

                    The are Indian not Thai but very good quality.

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