Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

About Thai Curry

Chopstick Cinema

This Week's Film: Nang Nak (Redux)
Cuisine: Thai Curry

Nearly every Thai cookbook begins with basic recipes for three curry pastes: red, green, and yellow. These pungent and potent concoctions are featured in the ingredient lists for all kinds of recipes. Regardless of the color, the basic ingredients of Thai curry pastes include garlic, ginger, shallots, lemongrass, coriander, cumin, and shrimp paste.

Red curry paste includes lots of red chilies. Green curry paste gets its vibrant color from green chilies and cilantro. And yellow curry paste turns a brilliant shade of ochre with the addition of turmeric or curry powder. All are rich and spicy, and may be used in a variety of dishes.

My Thai curry recipe will be posted at the end of the week along with my film review of Nang Nak.