Thai Curries are essential parts of Thai Cuisine, may it be a dish or the curry paste used in preparing it. A typical Thai Curry dish comprises curry paste, fruits or vegetables, meat, coconut milk or water, seafood, and herbs.
There are three main categories of Thai Curries – yellow, red, and green – and each paste’s tinge depends on the chilies mixed in the paste. If you want to have a spicy curry, red curry paste is a great option. For a mild flavor, choose a green curry paste, and if you prefer the taste between a light and a bit spicy savor, yellow curry paste will be an excellent choice.
Let’s take a look at the composition of the three main types of Thai Curries.
Thai Curries: Red Curry
Spicy cravers would love to have this hot red curry (though it’s not as spicy as the green curry). However, if you can’t eat too spicy curry, you can reduce the paste’s hotness by reducing its amount to achieve the taste you want to have.
And suppose you want to make your red curry paste at home, preparing a red curry paste is doable. In that case, you’ll need red chili peppers (which is the most vital ingredient), galangal, shrimp paste, coriander roots and seeds, shallots, garlic, cumin seeds, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, salt, and peppercorns. But if you are not confident in making it from scratch, you can drop by at any Thai store and buy the ready-made powder or the paste in a jar.
Thai Curries: Green Curry
When you hear the word “curry,” what color comes to your mind? Indeed, it’s green curry! Green Curry paste is another variation of curry in Central Thailand and the most popular paste in preparing Thai dishes.
The paste’s green color comes from the pounded green chilies and other ingredients in the paste. Other elements needed in making the green curry paste are shallots, coconut milk, garlic, cumin seeds, lemongrass, kaffir lime peel, galangal, cilantro roots, shrimp paste, salt, white peppercorn, and cumin seeds.
Thai Curries: Yellow Curry
This curry is the mildest among the three main types of Thai Curries because it is neither very oily nor spicy. It is the best option for someone who is not a fan of too spicy and too oily curry. The yellow curry’s taste comes from British influence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Asia.
The ingredients in making this curry are almost similar to the red and green curry like garlic, salt, lemongrass, cumin, and coriander. However, to make it distinct from the two curries, it has less chili. And other compositions are fenugreek, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, mace, cinnamon, and ginger.
Potatoes (a root crop with a high amount of starch), beef, or chicken are a typical yellow curry dish. Nevertheless, shrimp, tofu, fish, duck, and other vegetables can be an alternative. Pairing this dish with steamed rice or Khanom Chin (also known as round rice noodles) will be a perfect meal.
Mouth-watering Thai Curry Dishes Worth Tasting
Allow me to name a few of the mouth-watering Thai Curry dishes that will make your palate feast upon tasting them and crave these savory Thai Curries.
Baked Salmon in Thai Red Curry Sauce
One of the famous Thai Curry dishes is the Baked Salmon in Thai Red Curry Sauce. This deliciously aromatic, flavorful food is best served after baking it. Adding Thai Red Curry Sauce will make the salmon more savory and make your tastebuds party.
Thai Green Curry with Chicken or Shrimp
Do you love green curry with chicken or shrimp? This dish is just for you! With the right amount of coconut milk that you mix with the curry, the creaminess and spiciness of this serving will make you enjoy each bite, especially when you garnish it with fresh kaffir lime and Thai basil and pairing it with rice upon serving.
Thai Fish Curry
Fish curry is among the popular Thai Curries in the Land of Smiles. It mainly contains fish fillets and cooked gently with yellow, red, or green curry paste (you can take your pick). The taste is distinct according to what curry sauce you’re going to use. But it guarantees that whatever flavor you choose, your tastebuds will be thrilled upon tasting the dish. To make each serving colorful, you can add some vegetables like potatoes and bell peppers.
I hope you had a blast reading about the different varieties of Thai Curries! And if you do, call your friends, colleagues, or your family members and drop by to the nearest Thai restaurant near you and have a bite of these deliciously made Thai Curry Dishes.
Thanks again for taking the time to read The Ultimate Guide to Thai Curries. Let us know soon what you think about Thai Curries.
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