The Ultimate Guide to Thai Curries

December 06, 2019
IN Thai Cuisine

Trying some of the best Thai curry dishes is a must-do for anyone traveling to Thailand. But the entire experience can be quite confusing because curries come in different varieties, such as green, red, and yellow, as well as the popular Panang and Massaman varieties. To help lovers of Thai cuisine, we’ve explained these curies in detail.

Sweet Green Curry

Apart from being the hottest of all curries, the sweet green curry is delicious as it uses copious amounts of coconut milk and lime juice. Usually, it may consist of green chilis and eggplant in a green curry sauce. The sauce is made from Thai basil, green chilis,  lime leaves, blue ginger, kra chai, shallots, garlic, and turmeric.

Red Curry

The red curry is also referred to as the “spicy curry.” The fiery dish originates from central Thailand. It draws its color from the excessive amounts of red chilis used, which are crushed with shallots, garlic, blue ginger, and lemongrass. The red curry paste is then mixed with coconut milk to produce a curry sauce.

Yellow Curry

Yellow curry comes in different varieties in Thailand, with the most common form being very rich because it contains coconut cream. Other yellow-colored varieties include the orange curry, gold curry, and the elephant curry. The gold curry is a spicier version of the yellow curry. The elephant curry is very spicy but made without coconut milk, while the orange curry is very sour and made without coconut milk. Importantly, all three varieties of yellow curries are made with a lot of turmeric. They can also include yellow mustard seeds, cumin, and kaffir lime leaves.

Massaman Curry

The Massaman curry is extracted from Indian curry and is a favorite in central and southern Thailand. Massaman curry paste is made using red chilis, garlic, lemongrass, blue ginger, shallots, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, coriander, cumin, and cinnamon.  Kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk are then added to create the sauce, topped off with potatoes and peanuts.

Panang Curry

Panang curry traces its roots to Laos and is a favorite in central Thailand. It is more subtly flavored and milder than other Thai curries. It is made from dried chilis, coconut milk, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, garlic, blue ginger, shallots, cilantro, cumin, and some paste. Occasionally, it can contain peanuts.

Getting authentic Thai cuisine can bring significant flavor to your taste buds, especially when the appropriate Thai curries are used. At Thai Ginger Restaurants, we utilize authentic Thai curries to give you an unforgettable dining experience.

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