What does Thai green curry sauce taste like?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “What does Thai green curry sauce taste like?”, and tell you the difference between Thai green curry and Thai red curry. We will also give you tips on how to make Thai curry less spicy and which side dishes go best with Thai curry.

What does Thai green curry sauce taste like?

Thai green curry sauce tastes spicy but not too spicy and it has a fresh, earthy flavor from the coriander, fresh basil and lemongrass. Some people also say that it is a bit sweet.

The spiciness from green chilies, freshness from abundant aromatics and cilantro, paired with richness from coconut milk make it a very popular dish.

What is the difference between Thai red curry and Thai green curry?

Thai green curry is primarily made with green chilis and has fresh basil, cilantro and lemongrass which further give it a vibrant green color. It is spicy yet mild as compared to Thai red curry. Thai green curry goes very well with seafood.

On the other hand, Thai red curry is super spicy as it is made with red chilis which also give it the red color. Some people also add chili powder or tomato sauce/puree in it to give it a brighter red tinge.

Although generally, Thai red curry is spicier, Thai green curry can also be very spicy. It just depends on which recipe you are following and what ingredients you are adding as every recipe differs. 

If you like spicy food then Thai red curry would definitely be the right choice for you.

How do I make my Thai curry less spicy?

In order to make your Thai curry less spicy, you need to:

  • Add lemon: Lemon brings acidity in the curry while making it less spicy. Squeeze out a tablespoon or two of lemon juice and add it to the curry.
  • Add vinegar: Vinegar works in a similar way to lemon juice, by increasing the acidity it decreases the spiciness.
  • Add sugar: Sugar always works really well by balancing out the spice levels. Keep adding sugar until you believe the spiciness has been reduced significantly.
  • Add sweeteners: Alternatively, you can use honey or brown sugar as well.
  • Add coconut milk: A lot of Thai curries use coconut milk in their recipes anyway so if your curry is too spicy, consider adding more coconut milk. It will make the curry mild while not changing the flavor a lot.
  • Add cream: Adding cream is another great way to reduce spiciness especially if your curry also contains tomatoes.
  • Add more vegetables: Adding a bunch of vegetables will help with the spiciness because vegetables that are abundant in starch soak up all the flavors.
  • Add yogurt: Yogurt is used in a lot of Indian curries. Feel free to add as much yogurt as you need to bring down the heat levels of curry.
  • Serve with a cooling condiment: You can also use a cooling condiment to go with a curry so that it feels less spicy and is easy on the stomach. In particular, mint yogurt raita goes very well with curries.
  • Use ketchup: Ketchup can be used in tomato based curries as ketchup has sweetness to it.

Learn how to make Thai chicken green curry at home here.

Which side dish goes best with Thai curry?

You can use a variety of side dishes while having Thai curry. You can eat plain steamed white rice. Plain rice goes very well with Thai green curry.

You can also have roasted vegetables such as roasted asparagus, broccoli, baby carrots and cauliflower. Drizzle them with some oil and sprinkle some salt, pepper and oregano and roast them.

If you love potatoes, then eat roasted potatoes with Thai curry. Alternatively you can eat mashed potatoes too. 

Well, Thai curries can also be eaten on their own. Just grab a spoon and a fork, and dive in!

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “What does Thai green curry sauce taste like?”, and told you the difference between Thai green curry and Thai red curry. We also gave you tips on how to make Thai curry less spicy and which side dishes go best with Thai curry.

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Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.