Thai curry recipes originated from Indian and Chinese influences. However, Thai chefs also created different types of curries which better reflected the Thai palate and taste preferences. Many people know that curry usually has a soupy consistency, much like a gravy.
The curries of Thailand are entrées with a rich hearty texture, typically served over rice or noodles. Thai people love to add fried egg on the top with sliced chilies in fish sauce. That sounds delicious, doesn’t it? You have never really experienced curry until you have tried the Thai variety!
Types of Thai Curry Recipes
I guarantee that all the Thai curry dishes are awesome. However, that promise only holds true for fans of spicy food, since cautious palates may be greatly intimidated by the smells and tastes. The herbs and seasoning from the curry paste take you to an exotic flavor destination which seems otherworldly. Here are some of my personal favorite curry recipes:
- Thai green curry is a greenish colored gravy composed almost exclusively of green ingredients (surprise, surprise). In this dish, the chilies need to be used when they are green, rather than red and mature. This entrée is very famous among Thai people and can be blended with any kind of meat and/or vegetables. This curry recipe is very delicious and unique.
- Thai red curry is a reddish colored gravy which is made using red chilies. The red curry ingredients are similar to those in the green curry formula, with a few slight changes. There are many menu items that you can create using red curry paste.
- Thai yellow curry is also known as Gang garee. This curry is quite similar to a traditional Indian curry recipe. The curry ingredients are enhanced by many common herbs and spices borrowed from Indian cuisine. However, the Thai curry version uses coconut milk instead of yogurt. You can really smell the curry powder in this finished recipe. Thais like to serve yellow curry with cucumber salad for a wonderful flavor.
- Thai Panang curry is also a reddish colored gravy. This dish embodies a rich lime leaf flavor and aroma. The consistency of the gravy will be thick and less soupy than other curries.
- Thai Massaman curry is a brownish colored gravy. The curry paste is produced with cinnamon as the main ingredient and often combined with meat, potatoes and peanuts. This curry recipe has a distinctive fragrance and has a huge fan base amongst Thai food fanatics worldwide.
- Thai duck curry is an alternative meat preparation for a special treat at home. Additional ingredients make a red curry sauce becomes more exotic. This dish would encourage you to enjoy this bird even more.
Thai Curry Recipes Preparation
Thai curry cooking methods include boiling and sautéing the ingredients in most cases. I actually detail all of the crucial preparation processes you will need on my page entitled Thai cooking techniques. After you pick out the type of curry you want to make, don’t forget to choose a side dish, as well. Jasmine rice is always the perfect compliment for any kind of curry.
In Thailand, chefs usually prepare gravy with coconut milk that they squeeze fresh. The secret of the every curry dish is to simmer the ingredients until they are tender and fully absorb the sauce. Do not forget to balance the flavors, in order to make awesome and interesting curry.
Thai Curry Recipes Summary
There are many varieties of Thai curry recipes to choose from and all can be modified to suit your own tastes. All kinds of Thai food curries are spicy and savory. However the degree of heat and spice can be easily toned up or down. These curry recipes can be adapted for vegetarians and vegans, as is common with many Indian style dishes. The fish sauce should be left out in these cases and substituted with salt or soy sauce. Thai food is always flexible and easily modified for a variety of purposes.
My dad is such a big fan of curry dishes. He likes to have Thai green curry mixed with chicken, bamboo shoots and Thai eggplant the most. I enjoy green curry a lot, as well, and make this entrée quite often. The spiciness of the curry paste really brings out the hot flavors of the dish, balanced by the taste of the coconut milk. However, I still cannot decide what my favorite curry dish is, since I love them all. Starting to get hungry? I am so starving right now talking about yummy curries. I gotta get cooking!