|6-8||long red chillies (dried)|
|8||purple shallots (coarsely chopped)|
|5||candlenut / macadamia|
|3||cm piece||galangal (coarsely chopped)|
|2||stems||lemon grass (coarsely chopped)|
|1 1⁄2||tsp||finely grated fresh turmeric|
|1||clove||garlic (coarsely chopped)|
|2||tbs||dried shrimp (ground)|
|2||tbs||kaffir lime rind|
|1||tbs||coriander seeds (ground)|
Place the dried chilies in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water and set aside for 20 minutes to soften. Drain and chop them coarsely.
Place all the ingredients except the shrimp paste into a mortar and pestle and pound it into a paste. Add the shrimp paste and pound it some more.