Homemade Thai Curry Paste and a KitchenAid Hand Blender Giveaway


Homemade Thai Red Curry Paste @dreamaboutfoodToday I am celebrating a very special birthday and I hope you will join me.  It’s not my birthday (that comes next week), nor is it the birthday of any of my loved ones.  But it’s a special day nonetheless, as three years ago today, All Day I Dream About Food was born.  It was an ugly little newborn, I have to admit, and I was a very unsavvy, inept new blog mother.  I did all sorts of things wrong, from design to photography to recipe development, and I was rather neglectful in those first few months of bloghood.  Really, it’s rather astonishing that the poor thing grew out of its infancy and into what it is today.  Which I hope to say is a robust childhood and that it has a lot more growing to do!  We seem to be on a roll together, my blog and I, and I don’t see it slowing down any time soon.

Suffice it to say that my blog is very special to me.  It has, at times, been a source of stress, but I suppose that can be said of any relationship.  More often than not, however, it is a source of great joy to me.  It has brought me many, many things, including a wonderful community of friends, readers and other blog acquaintances.  It has helped me hone my skills in the kitchen, with words and language and with a camera.  It has opened up some amazing professional opportunities and introduced me to a great many products and ingredients I am not sure I would have discovered otherwise.  And it holds me accountable to my daily diet.  In short, I love the darn thing and I am very proud of it.  So many happy returns of the day, dear bloggy-blog.  May we get to celebrate many more together.

KitchenAid 5 speed hand blender

To help me celebrate, I enlisted the help of the good folks at KitchenAid.  I could go on and on about how much I love KitchenAid products but I will try to refrain from boring you.  Suffice it to say that the product we are giving away today is just as great as all their others and is a truly multi-purpose kitchen tool.  Their 5-Speed Hand Blender is no simple immersion blender, my friends, and I am seriously impressed with all the functions and the power it contains.  I love my big mixer and my big processor, but sometimes I hate the though of getting them dirty when I just need something quickly chopped, whipped or blended.  The KitchenAid Hand Blender comes with attachments for all of that: whisk, chopper, frother/beater, and two different blades for shredding, blending and pureeing.  And then all you have to do is remove the attachment portion and clean that.  Easy Peasy.

I tried out every single attachment and I give them all a thumbs up.  I’ve used it to make lattes, smoothies, soup, and whipped cream.  And when I discovered I was out of Thai curry paste one day, I whipped some up with the chopper.  I adore the chopper attachment, because the blender fits right into the top of the chopper container, keeping the mess to a minimum while still being quite powerful.  I honestly think this might be one of the most versatile kitchen tools I own.  And now you have a chance to own one yourself!  Scroll down for the entry rules.

Homemade Thai Red Curry Paste

I’ve never thought to make my own Thai curry paste, it’s one of those things I’ve always bought at the store.  But I wanted to make some Thai curry chicken wings (I will share the recipe for those in a few days, because they were amazing!) and discovered that I had only the smallest teaspoon left in my jar.  I was reaching for the phone to call my husband and ask him to pick some up, when it suddenly occurred to me that I might have the right ingredients to make my own, or at least a close approximation.  It took all of about 5 minutes to make, and of course I made my version without any sugar.  It tastes fantastic and is a great sauce or marinade on chicken, fish and tofu.  And you can adjust the heat to your own liking, which in our house means pretty darn hot indeed!

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Homemade Thai Red Curry Paste

I received a 5-speed hand blender from KitchenAid to review.  All opinions are my own.

Homemade Thai Curry Paste

Yield: About 1/2 cup

Serving Size: 1 tbsp


  • ¼ to ½ ounce red chilies, fresh or dried
  • ½ stalk lemongrass, minced OR 2 tbsp bottled lemongrass (I used Gourmet Garden)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 tbsp cilantro leaves (I used frozen cubes)
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger OR galangal root (I have no idea where to get galangal so I used ginger)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice


  1. Place all ingredients in bowl/container of a food processor, blender or chopper attachment. Blend until it forms a thick paste.
  2. Use as a marinade for chicken, meat or seafood or as a seasoning in curries, soups and stews.


Serves 8. Each serving has approximately 1.7 g of carbs.


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  1. says

    Comment thingy isn’t working for some reason in the contest box… I’d use the mixer to create delicious and nutritious food for myself and family. I love KithchenAid!

    • Carolyn says

      Hi Sandi…I think you did just fine. You leave the comment down here and then you hit the button to say you did it. I am trying out this new system so I don’t have to sift through hundreds of comments when the random winner is chosen!

  2. Julie says

    I tried to post a comment with the contest, but whoopsie, it didn’t work! So I’m commenting here, I love your blog and am excited about your giveaway! I live in the Virgin Islands and we don’t always have access to specialty ingredients, so I frequently have to make my own. A recipe for thai curry paste is perfect, and I would use the blender too! 😀 Thank you for doing this.

  3. Alisa says

    Wow…that Thai Curry Paste looks wonderful! But then, there are very few recipes that you have posted that didn’t interest me ;o) You are gifted. I definitely am going to try this. ‘Happy Birthday’ with the blog, so many of us have benefited from your ‘ugly newborn’ {if there is a such thing!}. I love KitchenAid and can’t imagine living without my old professional stand mixer. It wants to die a graceful death, but I just won’t let it. This had blender would be a Blessing! I’d definitely make this Thai Curry Paste, but mainly use it to make my homemade spicy mustards/rubs.

  4. Christina K says

    I’ve been wanting to try out some smoothie recipes for a while. Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

  5. says

    I love kitchenaid products! I also would love a mixer, since I actually don’t have one yet (one of the few kitchen gadgets I lack 😉 ) Thanks!

  6. Kris F. says

    I was wondering if this immersion blender could be a good replacement for a food processor. My food processor died and wondering if I should replace it with something more versatile.

  7. Glynnis says

    I would make a spinach or kale pesto and homemade mayo which I’ve never been successful making in my regular blender.

  8. Marlys says

    I would make salad dressings and I am sure once I had this mixer I would find many other uses for it.

  9. Alexandra Cruz says

    Happy Anniversary. I would the opportunity of winning this great item. I lost my home 3 yrs ago and been trying to slowly buy our kitchen items.

  10. Melissa says

    I would use the kitchen aid tool to make faux gnocchi (which involves whipping egg/ricotta) and to shred veggies since I’m often cooking for 2 and hate pulling out my big processor for small jobs. Thanks for the opportunity to win this! I really love your blog and recipes!

  11. Brandy M. says

    I don’t have any kitchenaid gadgets but I do covet them! That thing looks like it would get loads of use here :).

  12. katie says

    My current immersion blender is at least 18 years old. (Only know that it moved here with me 18 years ago) It is invaluable for soups, mashed potatoes, creamy things, apple butter and the like. It has no attachments and at this point looks a tad jaundiced. With my oldest aiming to move out, it would be wonderful to have a new blender and allow me to pack old faithful away and send her off with some decent tools.

  13. Laura says

    I would love to win this blender, as we all know times are tough! I can’t afford one of these on my budge so winning this would be a true blessing. I love your blog by the way!

  14. Elaine says

    I’d make mayonnaise, salad dressings, puddings, cake batter, chop veges and nuts, smoothies, guacamole, and so much more. I’d love to receive this machine.

  15. Cindy says

    Oh, wow! This looks like a must have kitchen gadget! What wouldn’t I make with it? I would definitely try out your curry paste recipe with it! Thanks for the opportunity to win and for your always inspiring blog!

  16. says

    Congrats on your 3rd Anniversary! Here’s to many more years! Those wings looks great and I’m always looking for new things to do with wings. I want to give that a try!

  17. Rita J says

    Congrats on 3 years!!! i <3 your blog!!! U totally rock! U are definitely a part of my healthy new living!!! Thank u for that! I appreciate everything u do!

  18. Dyanne Spease says

    I would be truly blest to win this Kitchenaid Immersion blender. I am grain free because of thyroid issues and use mostly seed, nut and coconut flours for baking. The coconut flour needs to be extremely well blended and being able to “flour” the seeds or nuts all in one is awesome! Even whipping the eggs. So love this blender….

  19. says

    Gourmet cafe drinks to save a few bucks instead of Starbucks or the like. It would also be great just for general use around the kitchen when my bigger items are just too much for the job.

  20. Jennifer says

    I would use it all the time…my hand always gets sore from mixing with just a spoon! But especially for frostings and other recipes that require whipping.

  21. Shannon Ikerd says

    Thank you for your blog. It has been immensely helpful on my low carb journey. This would be incredibly helpful in making cream of cauliflower soup . . . . I hate taking the pot off the stove, emptying it into the blender to purée and then replacing it.

  22. MaryB says

    I would love to make some soups with this great gadget. Thanks for the delicious sounding recipe, too. I never have a problem finding a great new recipe to try when I check your site. Thanks, too, for offering the giveaway.

  23. says

    I can think of all kinds of things! I’ve been wanting to try making a smoothie in the morning but had to think of leaving a blender full of gunk all day, this might be just what I need! Love your blog, so glad I found it!

  24. Alice B. says

    Congratulations and Happy Blog-birthday, Carolyn and ADIDAF!! I’m so happy you began this adventure three years ago. I LOVE LOVE LOVE ADL!! Thank you for letting us all be along for the ride!


  25. Melanie says

    Done done done done done! I would love to have this for soup! I will let my husband use the food processor for his stuff and I will hide this away! :-)

  26. Michelle says

    My immersion blender is the orginal one “as seen on tv” I got about 25 years ago, the duct tape is holding it together, I could really use a new one :)

  27. Edith Patchan says

    Today I made a coconut impossibly easy pie using carbquik (not bisquick) in my food processor. Came out perfect! A hand blender would have made it even better!!

  28. Jane says

    My old stick blender died years ago. I miss it for pureeing soups in the pot and chopping the odd herb or garlic mixture.

    I enjoy your blog and look forward to your recipes. I’m always happy to see you come up on my newsfeed.

  29. says

    I’ve been wanting to make some nice smoothies and creamy soups. Probably would make an avocado soup as soon as the fruit tree is ready to get harvested!

  30. Tonnia Williams says

    I have always wanted a hand held immersion blender. Would love to win one that does so many jobs in the kitchen.

  31. Biggi says

    I was wondering if you can make it without the Fish Sauce? I am allergic to Fish and am not able to use fish sauce, but would LOVE to try the curry paste. what kind of flavour would you use instead? or simply nothing???

      • Biggi says

        sounds grea, thanks Carolyn!
        And if i would win your immersion blender, i would make soups, and dips, and mayo and a LOT of things… i bet it can also make flaxseed meal!?
        Happy B’day wonderful blog! You’re an inspiration to many Carolyn!

  32. Cathy says

    My old emmersion blender used to be the most used appliance in my kitchen. Miss it. Would love to win this Kitchen Aid. With an autoimmune disease I have lots of digestive issues so pureeing/blending my foods really helps. Love your blog!!

  33. Debra says

    Congratulations on three years! I’m sure time has flown for you. I always love reading your blog and often go through the archives. I would love to win such a handy kitchen gadget!

  34. Sasha says

    If I won this hand blender set, the first thing I’d make is a chocolate flourless (grainfree) torte! I have a recipe I’ve been dying to try 😉

  35. Lori says

    Happy Anniversary! I heard about you through Maria’s site! I love your blog too! I use a kitchen aid mixer and would love to win the give away! Thank you for the opportunity!!

  36. Kim A. says

    Thanks for the chance Carolyn! Love your blog and your recipes. Im a huge KitchenAid fan. I have their knives, mixer(17 years and still strong!) and I had their 9 speed mixer(no longer available :( that just stopped working. I would be so happy to win this new one!

    Only 3 years? I would have thought alot longer. Congratulations on your blogs 3rd birthday!

  37. Corie says

    I love KitchenAid products. I would love one of these handy little gadgets!! I can only imagine all of the wonderful things this would help me make.

  38. Kelly says

    Hi Carolyn! I would use the chopper attachment to make by homemade sunflower seed/parmesean crackers. I would also use the immersion piece to make homemade mayo and dressings. Question about the recipe- I’ve never worked with red chilies before, but have always wanted to make my own curry paste – I LOVE Thai! Are the chilies chopped up with the seeds or do you remove the seeds? Thanks, Kelly

  39. Pat says

    Need this hand blender! I am sooo new to cooking in general. At age 62 you would think I should be at least a good cook but alas I was a frozen dinner, microwave it, or eat out mom and wife.
    Things have changed in my life, losing weight (56 lbs down and counting) and eating healthy are now my number one goals.
    Tried to make a simple Spinach soup with coconut milk the other night and my current Hamilton Beach hand blender let me down! It just would not purée the soup. It still tasted good but not really a soup consistency. Hubby said it did taste good but looked at the green globs kind of funny and passed on having some :0( Can you help a new cook, old girl out??

  40. Barbra says

    Congratulations Carolyn! It sounds like your blog has come a long way in 3 short years! I’ve only found you in the last 2 months or so but keep recommending your site to my friends – I love it!!

  41. amanda says

    I would love to have this blender; I saw it linked once, and couldn’t find it to purchase. we seem to have bad luck with hand held blenders!

  42. Kymber says

    I currently use my DYING stick blender to make mayo…so I’d start there…and experiment with other things! Congrats on 3 years!

  43. Jean B. says

    As you now know, the contest entry thing isn’t working, sooo… First, congratulations on your Third Anniversary! Your recipes, experimentation, and instruction (thinking of that great post about almond flour) are terrific! And your blog is really nicely done. It is inspirational to know that you went from zero to the present state in three years! That being said, I would love to be entered into the drawing for this nifty-sounding blender. Thanks!

  44. jennypenny says

    I’ve been making mayo a lot with my stick blender. I love the thought of all the different attachments. It would be nice to not have to pull out the stand mixer or the food processor for small jobs.

    Can’t wait to try the wings…they sound delicious!

  45. Kathy Ropponen says

    Love your blog and the healthy food inspiration! I would have to try the new Thai Chili recipe if I won the blender!!

  46. K. Crete says

    Congratulation Carolyn, I have enjoyed your blog for almost all the three years and you have made many things possible and expanded horizons!! You rock and I am very grateful for your intrepid, adventurous nature. I really think you should go to this http://www.foodbloggerconnect.com/category/register/. Hope to enjoy you and your blog for many years to come. Sincerely, Karen

  47. K. Crete says

    ps – since the contest entry thing is not working – I would use this remarkable gizmo for everything!! I am now a one person household and with this I would not have to take out the heavy duty stuff from the back of the cupboard and it would expand my current culinary capability!!

  48. Sheilah Schneider says

    Thanks for the chance to win this! I’ve had my KitchenAid mixer for nearly 30 years – it was the first gift my husband ever gave me. If I win this blender, I’ll make your curry paste recipe first. Then… broccoli soup. Yum!

  49. Nelly says

    Impressive to think how your life has changed in a little over 3 yrs! You’re an inspiration :) keep up the good work!
    Ps- the kitchen aid mixer looks awesome… And on of the few kitchen tool I don’t have 😉

  50. Teresa Bippen says

    I would love anything from Kitchen Aid! I can see cream soups in my future. Love yur site as I am a low carber and you have provided so many incentives to bake low carb. Thank you.

  51. Dawn Dahlgren says

    Couldn’t post using the link above. Wow the things a person can make are endless mayo whipped cream soups ect… I have the stand mixer but this little gadget would be awesome!!!! Happy Blog Birthday!!! I stop by everyday to check in on you. Really do love this place.

  52. Christy says

    Congrats on your anniversary! All those attachments look amazing; right now I have the most basic blender and I would love to make smoothies & pesto with it, but it just isn’t happening.

  53. April says

    I’ve been needing one of these for a while! I would definitely make a delicious custard! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  54. Mariam says

    I so recently found your blog! Thank you for all the work you put into it. Happy Blogday. I’ve already made several recipes. You have such a great thing going for so many people who can’t find foods they want and need. I have just started coaching some folks “new” to low carbing and your ideas make them glow to know they aren’t leaving all their “comfort” behind forever.

    My entire kitchen is designed around Kitchenaid appliances. They are the absolute best. We selected them because they are so well designed with all the features we wanted! We cook every night at home, which is why we designed our own kitchen. We rarely eat out because of our food preferences and the fact that we simply enjoy cooking. That nifty Kitchenaid applicance would feel right at home with us and would get to make cauliflower puree (aka fauxtatoes) right off the bat – something we make at least twice a week! We love to make it with a bit of wasabi for a lamb roast….Perhaps it would like to go rving with us, too! What a versatile appliance to take on a road trip!


  55. Cyndi says

    Love your blog, and when my basil comes back in the spring, this would work great for whipping up some quick pesto for dinner!

  56. Shelley says

    I love your Blog and Congrats on your anniversary! I would make all kinds of good stuff with the hand mixer….I had a cheaper one and it recently broke so I could really use this one :)

  57. Taiwo says

    I’ll make everything! lol. I’ll probably whip cream, make homemade peanut/hazelenut/almond butter, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

  58. says

    The last couple of days have been a whirlwind so I could not for the life of me remember if I stopped in to congratulate you. You are amazing and such an inspiration Carolyn, in so many ways. So happy bloggy birthday. My blog wants to be like your blog when it grows up. *grins from ear to ear*

    I am not entering due to being a darn Canuck, but I just had to pop in anyway. So happy to know you. xx

  59. Aviva Helfand says

    I would make “Homemade Thai Curry Paste”!! You have no idea how excited i am to find a homemade version of Curry Paste and how easy and convenient it would be to just pull out the “KitchenAid 5 Speed Hand Blender” use the handy Chopper Bowl and grind it up! What a great recipe and what a great kitchen tool and most important Easy Cleanup!

  60. Montica Berry says

    I would love to win this!! Your blog is awesome and I check it daily!Thanks for all your hard work:)

  61. Cindi says

    Thank you for this sweet opportunity! Ohhh, the convenience! The first thing I would make would be my yummy, low-fat lemon bars! Not sure if the entry requirements for email vs. facebook are working as I don’t see my earlier comment or Twitter post.

  62. Carrie says

    This looks fabulous. All KitchenAid products are great. I have had my mixer and food processor for 16 years…no problems. I have the Cuisinart Smart Stick. I am on my 2nd one…I use it for everything…just doesn’t last.

  63. says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks great. Would love to win this KitchenAid tool, several mixers have conked out on me and I am currently without one.

  64. says

    We did a similar exercise the other day regarding taco seasoning.
    Had no pre-made (packages); hubby wanted the taste.
    Went online and found the recipe; had the spices. He love it, and said it was even better than the packages (of course)

  65. Katie says

    I have an old decrepit stick blender that’s on it’s last gasp, would love a more powerful less gasping one. Great Blog and wonderful info. Very helpful.

  66. Jillian says

    My non-KitchenAid immersion blender is used so much that just last week I started researching replacing it. Naturally I decided on the KitchenAid. Haven’t purchased it yet so this would be a timely replacement. I love my KitchenAid food processor and can’t wait to use their immersion blender.

    I’ve never had Thai curry. Love Indian and Jamacian currys so must give this one a try.

  67. says

    I am a new comer…Love your curry paste recipe. I bought my kitchen aid mixer late in life…my only regret is I did not have it when the kids were growing up. Makes everything easy!!

  68. Kathrynwitte says

    I have a container of extra Thai Curry sauce from B-Dubs, and sorry to say, neither your “paste” nor your wings appear to look anything like it. Any idea why not? I would assume that the sauce is so watered down by your diet restrictions/coconut milk/whatever that it imparts a bare frisson to your baked wings, but why does the photo in your food processor look nothing even close to what’s in my fridge in color or texture?

    • Carolyn says

      Of course mine looks nothing like the sauce from Buffalo Wild Wings. Their junky sauce was simply the inspiration for a much healthier, whole food version. You can identify all the ingredients in my delicious sauce (I’d suggest trying it before you start criticizing). Here’s what’s in the stuff from “B-Dubs”, as you so lovingly call it:



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