Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday's Cupful: Background on Thai Curry

An effervescent spicy wonder

What makes a real Thai curry different from all the others?  Typically, Thai cooks like using fresh and aromatic leaves versus powders or dry mixes.  This means that most Thai curries are made from a traditional Thai curry paste, which is gooey in texture.  The Thai people refer to curried dishes as kaeng or gaeng.  The Mixed Stew crew, in this instance, used a conveniently packaged powdered seasoning mix as a short cut towards authentically-flavored Thai curry.  Remember that a large number of Thai curries may call for one defining ingredient – coconut milk.  The spiciness of any Thai curry usually depends on the type of chilli pepper that’s been incorporated into the curry.    

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