4 cloves garlic, peeled
1/2-inch piece ginger, peeled
2 or more Thai peppers, stemmed
3-inch piece lemon grass, lightly smashed
1 1/2 c. Thai basil (or combination of basils)
1/2 c. mint
1/2 c. cilantro
1/2 tsp. lime zest
2 T. fresh lime juice
3/4 c. dry, honey-roasted peanuts
about 3/4 c. peanut oil
salt to taste
crushed red pepper to taste
In a blender or food processor, chop garlic, ginger, peppers, and lemon grass. Slowly add all the remaining ingredients except for the oil, and grind to a thick paste. Add enough oil to achieve the desired consistency. Add salt and red pepper to taste. Use immediately, or pour into a jar and refrigerate until needed.
From the July 2001 issue.