Mortar and Pestle

A utensil, usually made from porcelain, metal, or wood, that is used to crush or grind such foods as herbs or spices. Usually sold as a set, the mortar is a small bowl and the pestle is a small cylinder with a club-shaped end.


  1. Thai Curry Paste

    The master recipe makes a red curry paste, using dried red chiles. For green curry paste, see the variation at the bottom. Thai curry paste is traditionally made using a sturdy granite mortar and pestle , but a food processor works fine. This curry paste will have a softer texture than the ...

  2. Spicy Green Papaya Salad

    For this Thai classic, Andy Ricker uses a mortar and pestle to pound crunchy raw green beans with a piquant mix of chiles, garlic, fish sauce and lime juice. He then tosses in crisp strips of unripened papaya.

  3. Fusilli with Feta & Lemon-Caper Pesto

    The idea here is to make a tangy, lemony pasta sauce with feta and a few pantry staples. You can make it in the time it takes to cook the pasta. I use a large Japanese mortar and pestle for the sauce--it takes about 5 minutes of pounding--but a blender is even faster.

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  1. Farmers Market Fresh Enchiladas

    Wed, 24 Jun 2015

    hands on whole, dried peppers and grind them up yourself rather than reaching for the pre-powdered stuff. No mortar and pestle ? No problem. Use your coffee grinder instead. This is where the idea of adding coffee grounds to the recipe came

  2. Dinner Tonight: Budget-Friendly Beef with Burgundy Mushrooms

    Wed, 19 Mar 2014

    standard yellow onion that I had on hand. Next comes the garlic . I do not like mincing garlic, so I always use my mortar and pestle to smash the garlic into bits. I also always add a couple more cloves than the recipe calls for because I like the

  3. Fave Ever Leftover Turkey (or Chicken): Best of the Blogs

    Tue, 27 Nov 2012

    through — step by step, with nice photos like the one above. Ground up coriander and cumin — done properly, in a mortar and pestle , which keeps in the oils automatic grinders can strip away — is a good start. Ginger root, jalapeño and some chopped

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  1. Spicy Lemon Coconut Sauce

    Sat, 28 Apr 2012

    s one of those things that makes just about everything you put it on (or in) better. I go about making it in a mortar and pestle , but have done it in a food processor in the past when I'm short on time. We're talking about garlic and green

  2. Thinnest Oatmeal Cookies

    Fri, 14 Dec 2012

    the big electric mixer, and there are all sorts of aspects I suspect he'll like - pounding fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle , using an egg-beater to blend the sugar and egg, and working with dough that transforms from little bumps to

  3. Ask CakeSpy: Smarties Candy Baking Ideas?

    Thu, 3 May 2012

    ideas. I came up with 8 so you can't accuse me of not really thinking about it. 1. Mash up the candies, like, mortar and pestle style, and combine with a little milk or cream to form a delicious Smarties glaze--perfect for topping sugar

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