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. 20 Cooking Tools You Need to Be Healthier in 2016

    Thu, 31 Dec 2015

    painlessly shed 3 pounds! Resolutioners, take note: Here are 20 cooking tools that will make it easier to make even more nutritious meals. Release even more herbal flavors by crushing them in a mortar and pestle before adding to your recipe.

  2. 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

  3. 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

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  1. 4 o'clock No-bake Energy Bites

    Thu, 23 Jun 2016

    effort. I also like chia seeds here, and tend to use them as my seed of choice, but I first beat them up in a mortar and pestle a bit before adding them to the mix. Also, feel free to swap things up a bit - trade in alternate seeds, use whatever

  2. Lemongrass Turmeric Curry Paste

    Fri, 8 Jan 2016

    and intensely flavored. I tend to wing it a bit when it comes to pastes - throwing whatever I have on hand in the mortar and pestle (or, if I'm feeling lazier, the food processor), but I love a generous shallot base - and that's what you

  3. 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

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