Black Chili Paste (Nam Prik Pow)


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces dried green jalapeno peppers
  • 1 cup shallots, chopped
  • 1 cup garlic, chopped
  • 8 ounces dried shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons shrimp paste
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • Heat a small pan with the oil and deep-fry the dried peppers, shallots and garlic until dark brown. Place the fried ingredients with all the others in a blender, and process until a smooth mixture forms.
  • Pour the entire mixture into a medium skillet and fry on medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove, cool, and place in a jar with a tight lid and use as needed. It will keep indefinitely.


  • Description:
  • "Use in any Thai dish giving a richer and spicy taste."
  • Yield:
  • "4 cups"SOURCE: Thailand, The Beautiful Cookbook