The ready made red curry paste found in stores is not vegetarian friendly. Shrimp paste or fish paste is one of the main ingredients in red curry paste. So I make my own vegetarian red curry paste from a recipe I found online.
1 Tbs cilantro roots
1 Tbs coriander seeds, soaked in water and drained
1/2 tsp cumin seeds,soaked in water and drained
4-5 dried red chili, soaked in water and drained
1 1/2 Tbs galangal
1/4 C garlic, peeled
3-4 Tbs lemongrass, sliced
1/2 tsp peppercorn,soaked in water and drained
2 Tbs salt
1/2 C shallots,peeled
1 Tbs Kaffir lime zest
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and make a paste or use a mortar.
This red curry paste can be used in making Thai Curry.
This curry paste will stay fresh for a couple weeks in the refrigerator and for a year in the freezer.