Curries are an important part of Thai cuisine and refer to both the dish as well as the curry paste used to make the dish. There are three main types of Thai curries—red, yellow, and green—which are categorized by the color of the curry paste. The color of the chilies and other ingredients gives each curry its distinct hue.
Traditionally, all Thai curries were made with the same ingredients except for one thing: the chilies. The red curry was made with several red chilies for a fiery hot dish, while the green curry was made with green chilies and the yellow curry was made with yellow chilies. In Thailand, chilies are not only for coloring the food, but also adding the taste. Over time, however, other ingredients have been added to the curry pastes to enhance each recipe, making them more distinct from one another. Although all three colors may be spicy-hot depending on the chef, normally green is the mildest and red the hottest with yellow falling somewhere in between.
What is Green Curry
Green curry is considered the most popular curry in Thai cuisine. The green color of Thai green curry sauce has become more vibrant over the years with the addition of fresh coriander (cilantro), makrut lime leaf and peel, and basil. These herbs are combined with fresh green chilies and several other ingredients such as lemongrass, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, and shallots.
Two common recipes featuring green curry paste (kreung gaeng keo wahn) are Thai green curry with chicken or beef and fish dumplings. Green curry may be the most distinct Thai curry as it is the most different from other countries' curries.
Source: Darlene Schmidt - thespruceeats
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