Thai Red Curry Paste

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Having the basics like a great Thai Red Curry Paste recipe can save you so much money and the flavour difference…. oh yes!

It’s no secret that I love a bit of a good curry from any origins. This low carb keto curry paste can be ready in minutes. Make it in bulk and freeze and save money and time later.

All the red curry paste ingredients are easily sourced from the supermarket in fact you could have them all in your pantry now.

curry paste in a bowl

Ingredients Needed

Let’s have a quick look at the ingredients that go into this simple keto curry recipe.

100g onions

3 cloves garlic

60g coconut oil or avocado oil

1 tsp grated ginger or galangal 

1 tbsp lemongrass, I cheat and buy it in a tube so it is always in my fridge. You can get it from most supermarkets.

2 coriander/cilantro stalks and roots. Scrape the roots with a knife to remove the “dirty” surface of the root and then chop the stems and stalk. Reserve the leaves to serve with a keto Thai red curry.

3 kaffir lime leaves. If unavailable substitute zest of half a lime.

Spices. Coriander, paprika, salt and pepper.

Dried Chillies. Use what you can find. I always have plenty around due to growing so many. If you don’t like hot deseed the chillies or reduce the amount and add some capsicum/bell pepper.

Thai Keto Red Curry paste in a black bowl

How To Make Thai Red Curry Paste

I have included both a conventional and Thermomix® Red Curry Paste recipe method. To be honest you can mix it by hand, with a stick mixer, food processor or the methods in the recipe card. Just mix until you have a smooth curry paste. 

This recipe can be doubled, tripled or made in bulk. It can also easily be stored in the fridge and or the freezer. I love to freeze in individual portions then store in a ziplock bag in the freezer for when I need to use it.

Always be careful working with chillies to not scratch your eyes or face before washing your hands. Trust me! I have had a few teary moments in the kitchen.

Chicken curry in a white bowl

Love a good curry recipe?

Use this paste in your favourite keto red curry recipe or even in an Indian keto curry recipe. Here are just a few of my favourite recipes that I would recommend using this keto red curry paste.

  1. Easy Devilled Sausages
  2. Curried Sausages Recipe
  3. Saffron Chicken Korma – A low carb keto recipe
  4. Thai Red Curry Chicken
  5. Easy Keto Butter Chicken Recipe

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Thai Keto Red Curry paste in a black bowl

Thai Red Curry Paste

Make your own Thai Red Curry Paste at home and save loads! So easy and can be frozen in individual serves with no wastage
5 from 31 votes!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
0 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Pastes and Marinades
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Halal
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 76kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 8 serves
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  • Mortar and pestle
  • Thermomix®


  • 100 g onion diced (3.5 oz)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 60 g coconut oil (4 1/2 tbsp)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger or galangal, grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 6 dried red chillies soaked in warm water until softened
  • 1 tablespoon minced lemongrass
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves thinly sliced
  • 2 coriander/cilantro stalks and roots, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper



  • Pound all ingredients in a large mortar until it forms a thick paste.


  • Mix all paste ingredients 10 sec/speed 5. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat until smooth.


Store in an airtight jar in fridge up to 2 weeks.
Freeze in individual serves in an ice cube tray. Once frozen remove and place in a ziplock bag.
Reduce chillies or replace with red capsicum if you prefer a less spicy paste.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1serve | Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg | Net Carbs: 1g
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  • Mamydziecko.Com says:

    The very best low carb keto butter chicken recipe you are going to love it! So easy and a dish big on flavour.

  • Helen Conway says:

    Hi Megan – only have 2 dried chillies – to sub with dried chilli flakes – how many teaspoons/tablespoons would that be?

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      Hi Helen, just add what you would prefer. Chillies really depend on the heat factor and the tolerance of those about to eat them.

  • Lizz says:

    What exactly is one serving size? Is there a weight or yielded amount I can expect to use when measuring for recipes?

  • Lynda says:

    5 stars
    This is a very easy curry paste to make . I like it better than the supermarket versions as you know exactly what is going into it .
    Curry in a hurry for a quick meal that is packed full of flavour.
    Get onto making this curry paste if you haven’t tried it yet .
    Great recipe Megan

  • Lucy D says:

    5 stars
    This paste is nice and tangy and very tasty. Better to make your own.

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