Thai cuisine is quite popular and focuses on the texture, colour, taste and fineness of the dish. Thai curries are made of various curry pastes. They can be vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The non-vegetarian ones can also be made up of seafood or chicken and meat. Thai curries are typically cooked in coconut milk with a curry paste which is made up of chillies, onions, garlic and lemon grass and a good mix of herbs that are responsible for the enticing aroma. Some of the most loved and ordered Thai curries are the red Thai curry and the green Thai curry. But, whether to order red or green Thai curry at a restaurant, is always a topic of confusion for many of us. Which one should you order? Do you know the difference between the two variants of the popular Asian curry? Here's how you can decide which one is more appropriate for your taste.
Red Thai curry is made of 20 red chillies that give it a beautiful red colour. It is cooked with dried red chilli that is soaked to remove the harshness and the heat from it. Soaking the chillies also lends an excellent flavor to the dish. Thai red curry is very soupy as the chilli paste is mixed with coconut milk or water. The curry varies from region to region. In Thailand, the red chillies can be hotter than they are in India or vice versa, depending on where the chillies were grown. Hence, the taste of the curry prepared in the subcontinent is a little different from what it tastes in Thailand. However, the ingredients remain the same.
Green Thai curry is more or less similar to the red Thai curry, except that it gets its signature colour from the green chillies. Thai green curries also have basil, coriander and lime leaf added to them, to enhance the flavor and green tinge. In South Thailand bird's eye chillies are added in green Thai curry, which makes it spicier and hotter than the red Thai curry.
Thai green curries have basil, coriander and lime leaf.
You can add vegetables, seafood, chicken, meat or anything else to both these Thai curries to customize them as per your taste. There is a yellow Thai curry as well which lies somewhere in between these two, in terms of spiciness. The yellow curry contains turmeric which lends it the beautiful yellow colour that it has. It often looks like an Indian curry but the presence of the coconut milk gives it that typical Thai flavor.
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One should not confuse the Indian and the Thai curry. Indian curries are characterized by their mixture of a lot of different spices, including chilli powder, turmeric, coriander, garam masala etc. We hope this piece helps you decide which Thai curry you would want to order at a restaurant the next time!
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