Thai curries are an essential part of Thai Cuisine. They make simple gatherings and family meals full of flavor and color. A typical Thai curry dish comprises fruits or vegetables, meat, coconut milk or water, seafood, herbs, and of course, curry paste.
There are three main categories of Thai Curries – yellow, red, and green. Each paste’s tinge depends on the chilies mixed in it. If you want to have a spicy curry, red curry paste is a great option. For a mild flavor, a green curry paste would suit best. 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
Those who crave spice would love to have this hot red curry. However, if your tolerance for chili is low, you can always reduce the amount of paste you put in your food to achieve your desired taste.
Preparing your own red curry paste at home is also quite simple! You’ll just 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 that confident about 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! The green curry paste is another variation of curry in Central Thailand and is the most popular one in preparing Thai dishes.
The paste’s green color comes from the pounded green chilies and other ingredients of that hue. 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. It is neither very oily nor spicy, making it the best choice for those who want just the right amount of spiciness in their meal. The history of yellow curry can be traced back to the times of 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 ones. These include garlic, salt, lemongrass, cumin, and coriander. However, to make it distinct from the two curries, it has to have less chili. Some other compositions are fenugreek, bay leaf, cayenne pepper, mace, cinnamon, and ginger.
A typical yellow curry dish is made up of filling ingredients such as potatoes, beef, or chicken. Nevertheless, shrimp, tofu, fish, duck, and other vegetables are also used by some. To make the perfect meal, it’s best to pair this dish with steamed rice or Khanom Chin (also known as round rice noodles).
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 right after it’s baked. The Thai Red Curry Sauce makes the salmon more savory, and your taste buds 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 mixed with the curry, the creaminess and spiciness of this dish will make you enjoy each bite, especially when you garnish it with fresh kaffir lime and Thai basil. Pairing it with rice upon serving also brings out the Thai Green Curry’s flavors further.
Thai Fish Curry
Fish curry is among the most popular Thai curries in the Land of Smiles. It mainly contains fish fillets and is 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 whichever flavor you choose, your taste buds will be thrilled upon tasting the dish.
To make each serving more colorful, you can also add some vegetables like potatoes and bell peppers.
And that’s everything you have to know about Thai’s 3 best-loved curries. Now the real question is, which curry dish do you crave the most?
Share it with us and who knows? We may just be able to satisfy that craving! Just don’t forget to call your friends, colleagues, or your family members as you drop by to the nearest Thai restaurant and have a bite of these deliciously made Thai curry dishes.
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