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These pungent, aromatic, and hot seasoning pastes are basic to the cooking of Thailand. Red curry paste, made with dried red chiles, seasons soups and stir-fries. For the hotter green curry paste, fresh green chiles are substituted. Masaman curry paste, brought to Thailand by Muslim immigrants from India, is used in masaman curry soup. Vegetarian yellow curry paste is used to make yellow curry soup. The pastes can be purchased in
small cans in Thai and Asian grocery stores.