Do you use stock in Curry?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Do you use stock in Curry?”, list down different types of Thai curries, and also provide a few homemade curry powder recipes.

Do you use stock in Curry?

Yes, you can use stock in curry. You can use beef, lamb, or chicken stock to make curries. However most people prefer chicken stock.

Stock not only adds a great deal of flavor to the curry but also gives the curry a thinner consistency for it to be poured over any protein or vegetables.

Although, vegetarians like to add water to their curries rather than stock for obvious reasons. A lot of people also use coconut oil to make the curries rich and smooth.

You can easily make chicken stock at home from leftover chicken and carcass or just add stock cubes. They are easily available in every grocery store. The taste might differ but they serve the purpose.

Apart from flavor, chicken stock is very nutritional. It contains a lot of essential fatty acids and protein which are healthy for your body. Chicken stock also contains selenium which helps maintain good heart health. It lowers down cholesterol and prevents cardiovascular diseases.

So using stock in a curry instead of water is a healthy choice.

Learn more about chicken stock here.

Different types of Thai curries

In Thai cuisine, curries are very famous. Essentially there are three most popular curries that people like: yellow, green, and red. They differ not only in color, but also some ingredients. Let’s have a look:

Green curry: The main ingredient in thai green curry are green chillies. Green chillies mixed with fresh coriander give the curry its vibrant green color. The other ingredients that are usually added are lemongrass, vegetables, and sauces. It is one of the most popular curries. Proteins such as beef, chicken, or prawns are also used. 

Red curry: The main ingredients in red curry are red chillies or red chili powder. It is distinct because of its spiciness from the red chillies. Alternatively, red chili paste can be used. 

Paprika and cayenne pepper are also used. It is mostly served with chicken or salmon. Vegetables like peppers, onions, ginger, and garlic are added to enhance the flavor and also to add more color.

Yellow curry: Yellow curry gets its color from ground turmeric. Coconut milk is added to give the curry a nice texture. Fish sauce, curry paste, and chili peppers are also used. Chicken usually goes best with thai yellow curry. Other ingredients like ginger and garlic are also added to further enhance the taste.

Massaman curry: Massaman curry is a bit milder than other types of curries. It contains ingredients like those used in Indian style curries for example cardamom and cinnamon.

Panang curry: Panang curry is different from other Thai curries because it has ground up peanuts in it. The peanuts give it a very nutty, earthy flavor which is distinct from other curries.

How to make homemade curry powder?

Whether you’re planning on preparing a small batch or going for the special Thai curry powder, we have both the recipes for you. Read below and follow the respective recipe for best results.

Small batch of homemade curry powder


  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Ground coriander seeds 1 tbsp
  • Ground black pepper ½ tsp
  • Cumin 1 ½ tsp
  • Chili powder ½ tsp
  • Ground ginger ½ tsp


  1. Mix all the spices together thoroughly in a small bowl.
  2. Use immediately to keep the flavor intact and fresh.
  3. Store it in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

Thai curry powder


  • Turmeric 1 tbsp
  • Coriander seeds 3 tbsp
  • Chili flakes 2 tsp
  • White pepper 1 tsp (powdered)
  • Ginger powder 2 tsp
  • Bay leaves 3
  • Cumin seeds 2 tbsp
  • Whole garlic cloves (crushed) 2


  1. Dry roast bay leaves, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds.
  2. Add all the other ingredients to the roasted seeds and leaves.
  3. Add the mixture in a blender and blend them thoroughly.
  4. Use immediately.
  5. Store them in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.

Other FAQs about Curry that you may be interested in.

How do I make my curry less tomatoey?

How Can I Make My Curry More Flavourful?

Are curry leaves safe to eat?


In this brief guide, we answered the question “Do you use stock in Curry?”, listed down different types of Thai curries, and also provided a few homemade curry powder recipes.