The cuisine of Thailand works effortlessly to lure food lovers into its aromatic spell. Its rich and creamy curries, fragrant sauces, flavourful snacks and sinful sweets are bound to make you go back to indulging in them time and again. The key to cooking any Thai dish lies in perfectly balancing the five key flavours - sour, bitter, salty, sweet and spicy, which takes skills to master. Each Thai dish is therefore never dull, always bringing in the much needed punch to your palate.
According to Chef Irfan Pabaney of The Sassy Spoon, Mumbai, "The fresh and strong ingredients used in Thai cuisine are what make it very different from other cuisines. I think lemongrass, Thai chillies, galangal, ginger and kaffir lime leaves are the most important ingredients in Thai cooking."
Thai food has been influenced by other Southeast Asian cuisines such as Indian and Chinese, but it still manages to be completely different from them. Originally, Thai cuisine used to be a lot spicier than it is today, but over time, the hot elements were reduced and other flavour boosters like lemon grass and galangal were introduced to the cuisine. One also commonly gets to see the use of minced or sliced meat in the dishes. Some of the popular Thai dishes include Thai curries, Som Tam Salad, Tom Yum Soup, Pad Thai noodles, Satay, among others.
Want to cook Thai dishes at home? Here are our 11 Best traditional Thai recipes for you -
1. Chicken Satay
A classic and downright delicious Thai appetiser, served with a chunky peanut sauce. This delicious delight is sure to be loved by kids and adults alike. If you happen to be a chicken lover, then this is sure going to be paradise for you.
2.Tom yam soup with mushroom
Tom Yum or Tom Yam is a spicy Thai soup. It is a type of clear hot and sour soup. This vegetarian version is made with mushrooms and Thai spices. You can savour it in winter months. Pair it with roasted bread and you're done for the day.
Pad Thai is a fried noodle dish commonly served as a street food in Thailand. Flat noodles beautifully entangled with tofu, eggs, beansprouts and sauces.
4. Thai Green Chicken Curry
Chicken cooked in coconut milk with onions, lime leaves, basil leaves and an aromatic Thai green curry paste. If you have a thing for coconut, then this Thai green curry is sure to tantalise your taste buds.
5. Som Tam (Papaya Salad)
Som Tam is a green papaya salad that combines all four tastes - sour, chilli, sweet and salty. This salad is not only pleasing to the eyes, but to the palate as well.
6. Thai Fish Green Curry
Fish fillets simmered in coconut milk with freshly made Thai green curry paste and aromatic spices. Best served with steamed rice. You can even add veggies of your choice.
7.Khao Klukh Krapi (Rice with Shrimp Paste)
'Khao Klukh Krapi' is a traditional Thai fried rice made with shrimp paste, garlic, lemon, prawns and cucumbers. It is an interesting recipe that can be made on any occasion.
8. Massaman Curry
Chicken cooked in coconut flavors, tamarind, potatoes and an aromatic massaman curry paste. This Thai Muslim curry is made using a variety of flavours, so get ready for a flavourful blast.
9. Khao Pod Tod (Corn Cake)
Enjoy these hot fritters on a bed of cool cucumbers. The succulent corn patties absorb the seasoning well and you would be left craving for more. You can pair these delights with dip of your choice.
10. Gka Prow Gai (Basil Chicken)
Chicken mince tossed in mild oriental flavors with aromatic basil leaves. If you are planning to host a party at your place, then this should definitely be on your party menu.
11. Thai Pomelo Salad
The tomatoes and scallions balance the sourness of the fruit and the peanuts sprinkled on top adds a layer of crunch in the salad. You can add a bit of your favourite dressing too in the salad.