Use this recipe to make our Yellow Curry Chicken, Beef Rendang with Broccoli, and Thai Green Shrimp Curry. Look for fresh lemongrass in Asian markets and some supermarkets.
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add shallots, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, and water. Cover; cook until very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Uncover; cook until liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a food processor; puree to form a smooth paste. Keep, refrigerated, up to 2 days.