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How Do Thai Curries Differ from Indian Curries?


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Title: How Do Thai Curries Differ from Indian Curries?

Curries are the ultimate love. I believe that
this is for almost every other person on the
earth. If you are wondering about the reasons,
then there are plenty of them. Primarily curries
are liked because these are easy to savor, super
delicious in taste, and go well with anything
that you may like. For instance, Indian curries
of almost all sorts pair the best with rice or
Indian bread. The same goes for Thai curries
too. Curries are packed with flavors and spices,
and why to forget the immense dose of love from
our chefs in curries of Mint and Basil, the Best
Pan-Asian Restaurant in Hong Kong. Whether it is
a Thai curry or Indian curry, these both are just
another reason to enjoy the food with extra
deliciousness and joy. But first let us
understand the basic definition.
Today, curry is not just a curry. It is a large
term now, quite the opposite of the alphabets it
has. Curry is used to describe different dishes
in many different cuisines. There are many types
of curries but the famous of all are just two
i.e., Indian and Thai curries. Even though both
curries are broth-based dishes, these are made
with different ingredients and have entirely
different flavors. In this blog, I will talk
about the differences between the two. But
before that let us see curries in detail. Curry,
generally means any food that comes from Asia
(especially from India and Thailand). Curries
have a soupy or stew-like consistency and these
are often eaten with rice, noodles, or bread,
depending on the country of origin. You would be
surprised to know that for both Indian and Thai,
the word curry was referred by the British. It
is believed that the British anglicized the word
KARI- the name of a specific South Indian
gravy dish. The word curry now is used for almost
every Indian dish which has gravy. The same goes
for Thai cuisines too.
As already said above, the word curry has a wide
spectrum. There are a lot of dishes that are
covered under curries. Indian curries include
fish curry, chicken curry, lamb curry, veg
curry, and egg curry. Out of all egg curry and
chicken curry are probably the most popular
versions of the dish. However, both are cooked
differently depending upon the region. For
instance, in South, people add coconut milk,
tamarind, and even curry leaves to the curries.
In Goa and Kerala, fish curry is relished. Fresh
ocean fish is added to a spicy and flavorful red
gravy. In the Northern India, chicken curry while
in the rest of the country, egg curry and veg
curry are commonly served. When it comes to Thai
curry, there are green, red, and yellow curries.
Out of all these three curries, green curry is
often the spiciest. Thai yellow curry is often
the sweetest and mildest. Whereas, green curry
has a hot and bright flavor because of the
ingredients like chilies and fresh citrus
fruit. Red Thai curry is also spicy but at the
same time, it has a hearty rich flavor as
well. Needless to say, the taste of the two
dishes varies only because of different
ingredients used in the Indian and Thai curries.
Both Indian and Thai curries have broth or sauce.
But what differs is the base of the broth and
sauce. Basic Preparation Differences Thai curries
are cooked by using curry paste which includes
ingredients such as ginger, fresh chilies,
lemongrass, shrimp paste, lime, garlic,
shallots, and more. Then the curry paste is added
to a pan with some oil. Both are sautéed and then
coconut milk with vegetables, fish sauce, and
meats are added. In Thai curries, red chilies are
used whereas in Green Thai curry, you will find
green chilies. Chicken and fish are also added
as common meats In Indian curries, the base is
often made from tomatoes and onions which are
sauteed until soft. The gravy is then seasoned
with dry spices such as cumin, coriander powder,
turmeric, red chili powder, and cinnamon. In
South India, people in some areas also add
coconut milk to their curries, while most other
regions many people dont. Rather they add
yogurt, water, cream or even butter. Indian
curries are either vegetarian or non-vegetarian.
Vegetarian curries include a lot of veggies and
non-veg curries often include chicken, fish, or
both Thai and Indian curries use different
ingredients, these will obviously will have
different flavors. But let us see, how and what
makes both the dishes different. As both the
dishes are called curry and are made in Asia,
these have flavors that couldnt be more
distinct from one another.
These curries often have a thinner consistency
and a brighter flavor. When you eat Thai curry,
you will get to taste fresh herbs and bright
citrusy hints from lime leaves and
lemongrass. When you eat Indian curries, you will
get a velvety flavor with thick consistency. The
Indian curries are best known as stew. Thai
curries are light and bright. Indian curries are
heavy and savory. In Indian curry, you are most
likely to get the taste of rich Indian spices
like cloves, cinnamon, cumin, and turmeric.
Many Thai curries contain coconut milk whereas
very few Indian curries do so. Coconut milk is
used as a base liquid. For a good Thai curry, it
is important to use the right and good quality
coconut milk. Although coconut milk adds a slight
thickness yet it helps in keeping the soup-like
consistency of the dish. In India it is not very
common to add coconut milk but in North India,
people often only add water or a small amount of
cream, ghee or butter. To thicken the consistency
of the curry, most Indians also use blended
onions or tomatoes. South Indians are more
likely to include coconut milk in their curries
to give a hint of sweetness. Spices to Start
Indian Curry and Paste to Start Thai Curry Indian
curries are made by heating oil in the pan and
then adding a combination of dry spices. Those
are toasted until fragrant. The spices like
cumin seeds, coriander powder, cinnamon,
turmeric, and red chili powder are used. Many
people also use widely used spice called garam
masala it is the mixture of around 10
spices. Thai curry, on the other hand, is made by
using coconut milk. For both Thai curry and
Indian curry, spices and masalas are available in
the grocery store but at the Best Pan- Asian
Restaurant i.e., Mint and Basil, chef make these
spices all by themselves. Thai curry paste is
made by mashing ingredients like fresh
lemongrass, shrimp paste, ginger, and garlic in a
  • Indian curry is creamier than Thai Curry. This is
    not to say that Indian curry is not spicy. It is!
    But in comparison to Thai curry, Indian curry is
    less spicy.
  • If you do not like hot foods, then it is
    suggested to go for Thai yellow curry. It is mild
    and sweet whereas both Red Thai and Green Thai
    curries are hot.
  • Dairy products like clarified butter, ghee is
    used. These are added to the spices which are
    usually dried up. Indian curries may also use
    ingredients like cream and yogurt to thicken the
  • Thai curries on the other hand do not use dairy
    products. Thai food is usually cooked in coconut
    oil and peanut oil.
  • Indian Curry is Eaten with Basmati Rice and Thai
    Curry with Jasmine Rice
  • The heading itself explains. I would like to add
    here. Indian curries are also eaten with cooked
    Indian breads like roti, naan, etc.
  • Curry leaves are sometimes used in Indian
  • This is the last and one of the major differences
    i.e., the use of curry leaves. Surprisingly,
    curry leaves are not used in all Indian curries.
  • On the other hand, Thai curries almost never use
    curry leaves. Instead, these use lime leaves and
    lemongrass for a tangy flavour.

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