The Big Boys Curry Book

Green Curry Masala

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This is another of those stock curry pastes from Pat Chapman (who in turn got it from Ivan Watson) that will keep indefinitely in the fridge (it has a permanent place in mine,) if prepared correctly. This is very distinctive mixing fresh coriander and mint to give a sharp herby flavour that can be used on its own with vegetables as in Green Vegetable Fry, mixed with yoghurt to form a marinade for chicken or added to any other curry to enhance flavours. The recipe will make enough for a 0.25 litre kilner jar.


  • 1 tsp. fenugreek seed, soaked overnight in water.
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 tsp. sea salt
  • 3 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder
  • 8 cloves
  • 10 green cardamoms
  • 40g fresh coriander leaf
  • 40g fresh mint leaf
  • 120ml vinegar
  • 50ml sesame oil
  • 120ml vegetable oil


  1. Remove fenugreek seeds from water. They should have swollen and may acquire a jelly like coating. Grind all hard spices together until fine.
  2. Puree all ingredients except vegetable oil (using a food processor for ease.)
  3. Heat vegetable oil in wok and gently fry the puree for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently to stop it sticking to pan. Allow to cool for 3 or 4 minutes. If oil floats to top, it is done. If not add a little more oil and fry some more. Be careful not to burn the garlic and ginger though.

  4. Allow mixture to cool down a while and store in clean kilner jar. Put in fridge once totally cool. As you use it, make sure paste has a slight covering of oil before returning to fridge.

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