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Indian Curry Vs Thai Curry: What's the Difference?

Indian Curry Vs Thai Curry: What's the Difference?
The word curry originates from the 'kari' leaf which is an ingredient found in many Indian curries. However it has come to describe a wide range of dishes from diverse cultures and it can often be difficult to know what is meant by the word curry. So if you're craving a curry but you're not sure whether to choose a Vindaloo or a Kaang Daeng, find out the fundamental differences between Thai and Indian curries before making up your mind.

Base Flavours
As India and Thailand have very distinct cuisines, they also have very different flavours which make up the base of many of their dishes. Thai curries usually start with a paste containing chillis, lemongrass, galangal root, garlic and shrimp paste. An Indian curry on the other hand, starts with a base of onions, garlic and ginger which are browned before adding a spice mix which is unique to each curry.

Consistency
Indian curries are usually much thicker than Thai curries, as a result of the thickening ingredients commonly used in Indian cuisine such as onion, tomato and potato. Thai curries are usually much thinner, similar in consistency to soup.

Liquid
Most Thai curries contain coconut milk whereas India curries generally add just a little water to moisten the curry.

Meat and Vegetable Content
Indian curries are usually either exclusively a single type of meat or exclusively vegetables, the two are rarely mixed together in one dish. Thai curries however usually contain a combination of both meat and vegetables.
While there are a few significant differences between the two, both Thai and Indian curries are delicious healthy meals that can be mastered be even the least experiences cooks. At Asian Home Gourmet, our range of Indian and Thai curry pastes makes it quick and easy to create your own curry at home.

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