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Substituting curry paste for chili paste

Clarissa Feb 17, 2005 01:30 PM

The recipe I'm making (Thai tofu with coconut-red curry sauce) calls for chili paste. I wound up purchasing red curry paste (from Thailand) instead. Can I subsitute? I wasn't sure about the fiery chili paste anyway, since two of the diners don't like really spicy. The curry paste is made of chili, garlic, shallot, lemongrass, sugar and galangal.

Thanks for any advice.

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    Sally Doodah Feb 17, 2005 01:44 PM

    Hi! Thai red curry usually consists of red chillies, galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime, cilantro root, shallot and garlic, and that's basically what most red curry paste will consist as well. I'm not sure what is in your recipe, and perhaps it calls you to make the red curry from scratch, and therefore the chilli paste. So sure, I will substitute the chilli paste with the red curry paste, but I will also try to balance out the other ingredients that are called for in the recipe, if they are also repeated in your red curry paste. Have fun!

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      spuds Feb 17, 2005 01:41 PM

      curry paste is usually really spicy. just use a tiny bit (1 tsp) to start and add more as needed.

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