how to eat thai curry

How to Eat Thai Curry? Meals That You Can Enjoy With Thai Curry

Thai curry is a paste that is used to makes dishes. Dishes that are made with Thai curry are also called Thai curry. All Thai curry dishes are made with curry paste. The dish also includes meat, coconut milk (you can also use water), fruits, vegetables, herbs and seafood. Thai curry originates from Thailand, hence the name. Thai curry dish is usually eaten with rice. You can add other ingredients to the dish to enhance the taste. Not all Thai food contains coconut water; like kaeng som and kaeng pa. Thai foods are spicy because of the kind and amount of chili used in making the curry paste. There are ways you can learn how to eat Thai curry.

Some Thai Curries That Are Widely Known

Thai curry, known as Kaeng is usually a watery substance but its thickness varies depending on what it is used for; for broth or for stew or even completely dry. There are different popular Thai curries. They include: 

  • Kaeng kari: is also known as yellow curry 
  • Kaeng khiao: wan also known green curry 
  • Phanaeng: phanaeng is a creamy and mild curry. It gets its name from an island in Malaysia.
  • Kaeng pa: this is known as jungle curry. It uses everything in nature. 
  • Kaeng khae: it’s a northern Thai curry cuisine
  • Khao soi: this is a curry noodle soup originating from the northern part of Thailand.
  • Kaeng som: this is sour curry
  • Phat phrik khing: this is known as stir-fried chili ginger but it does not actually contain ginger.
  • Kaeng matsaman
  • Kaeng phet: also known as red curry; it is really spicy because of the chili pepper used in making the paste.

How To Make Thai Curry? 

The Kaeng phet, which is the red curry, is the commonest Thai curry; the green curry and the phanaeng are also popular. Thai red curry can be eaten as dinner and can also be used for breakfast. Making homemade curry paste is one step closer to knowing how to eat Thai curry. You probably wouldn’t even want to buy an already made one once you learn how to make your own. Red curry paste is good for different curry dishes; like beef curry, chicken curry, fish curry, seafood curry, and even curries for vegetarians. You can also include it in your noodles or soups. 

Ingredients needed to make a Thai red curry paste:

  • Chopped purple onions
  • 2 red chilies
  • Lemon grass
  • Garlic
  • Peeled and sliced ginger
  • Soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Eggplants
  • Tomato ketchup
  • Shrimp paste
  • Coconut milk
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar
  • Chili powder
  • Ground coriander, cumin, white pepper and cinnamon

Ingredients needed to make a Thai green curry paste:

  • Palm sugar
  • Green and red chili
  • Green eggplants
  • Pork
  • Coconut milk
  • Basil leaves
  • Sliced lemon grass (make sure you slice of the roots and remove the outer leaves)
  • Galangal
  • Garlic
  • Shrimp paste
  • Lime leaves
  • Salt
  • Black peppercorns
  • Shallot

Ingredients needed to make a phanaeng curry paste:

  • Sliced lemon grass
  • Lime leaves
  • Coconut milk
  • Chopped beef or pork
  • Galangal
  • Salt
  • Fish sauce
  • Dried chilies 
  • Coriander seeds
  • Cilantro roots
  • Shallot
  • Garlic
  • Cumin seeds
  • Shrimp paste
  • Roasted peanuts

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend it well to create a smooth Thai red curry paste. If it is too thick, you can add more coconut milk.

How to make Thai chicken curry dish from the paste


  • Ginger and garlic paste
  • Vegetable oil
  • Coconut milk
  • Red curry paste
  • Chicken thighs (boneless and skinless, cut into large sizes)
  • Fresh lime leaves
  • Brown sugar
  • Thai basil
  • Basil
  • Fish sauce
  • Chopped ginger
  • Sliced red chili
  • Cooked jasmine rice


Step 1: heat vegetable oil in a large saucepan and fry the ginger and garlic pastes for some minutes. 

Step 2: add the red curry paste and allow to sizzle for some seconds. Add the coconut milk and allow to boil.

Step 3: reduce the heat and leave the mixture simmer for a while. Wait for the oil to move to the surface of the pot.

Step 4: add the cut chicken thighs and the lime leaves; allow it simmer for some minutes until the chicken is cooked.

Step 5: add brown sugar and fish sauce to your taste.

Step 6: allow the content boil and take it off the heat. Add basils to the prepared curry.

How to serve curry and rice?

Dish the curry into bowls and add red chili, the chopped ginger and some basil leaves. Serve with the rice and enjoy your Thai chicken curry. Do you ever get confused on how to serve curry and rice? It still depends on your preference. Some people prefer to serve the curry and the rice in separate bowls while others like to serve them side by side in one bowl.

How to make phanaeng curry?

Soak the dried chilies and remove the seeds. When the chilies are soaking, place the cilantro seeds, cumin seeds and roast them over heat for five minutes (ensure you stir them as they being heated so all sides can roast). Also roast the peanuts in the pan after roasting the seeds. After roasting the seeds, place all the ingredients for the curry paste into a food processor and blend till smooth.

Put a large sauce pan on a stove and put on the heat. Add coconut cream to the pan and let it boil, add the phanaeng curry and stir with a spatula. Fry the curry for some minutes. If it becomes too thick, you can add more coconut cream. Add the chopped meat and continue frying for about 5 minutes. Then, add coconut milk as you like (it’s better not to use water). Add the palm sugar, lime leaves and the fish sauce and stir them together. Cook for another 5 minutes. 

Add the lime leaves, stir and remove from the heat. Add the basil leaves and serve the curry hot. The phanaeng curry is thicker than other types of Thai curry.


Do you really know how to eat Thai curry? Thai curry is rich in nutrients and full of flavor; each bite leaves happy taste in your mouth. It can be enjoyed with different types of meat; it depends on your preference. You should add chili to suit your tolerance; there’s no crime in using a smaller amount of pepper if it would be too spicy for you. Green and red curries are spicier than the phanaeng curry. The best way to eat Thai curry is by serving it with rice.

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