TO THAI FOR
Thai food is widely regarded as one of the best cuisines in the world and for good reason too. Thai cuisine has a unique taste, that you will never be able to get enough of. It has influences from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and royal culinary traditions. A unique, complex flavour profile that is brought by the combination of herbs and spices sets it apart from the rest. Thai food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world and is liked for its distinct and strong flavours. Authentic Thai Food relies upon the careful balance of sweet, salty, spicy and sour. Thai dishes, somehow balance perfectly all the above flavours, to dish out some mouthwatering delicacies. It is both healthy and tasty. Its health benefits flow from the various herbs and spices used in its special way to add flavour and taste to its recipes.
Thai food is healthy; a lot of green vegetables and herbs are used in it. There is a vast menu to choose from. The recipes are quick and simple. From healthy salads to tempting curries, you will surely be left craving for more. Thai food has a lot of variety for sharp, pungent flavour lovers and it cannot be imagined without chilli. There are several Thai staples that everybody should try at least once in their life. Pad Thai (Thai style fried noodles), Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup), Massaman curry (Thai curry), and Som Tum (spicy green papaya salad) are only a few.
Herbs and Spices are an essential part of Thai cooking. Used in combination, they help to achieve a balance of the essential Thai taste. Thai cuisine relies on the generous use of herbs in its dishes more so than many other cuisines. They use dill, parsley, culantro, cilantro, lemon basil, sweet basil, holy basil, cha-om, and many more herbs.
The major flavours are influenced by strong, pungent, powerful ingredients. Thai chilis are incredibly spicy, lime leaves and lemongrass add intense fragrance and citrus to dishes. Kaffir lime, tamarind, and lime juice add lip-smacking sourness to many dishes. Fish sauce and pla ra (a traditional Thai seasoning) add a funky salty taste to dishes that is unlike in any other cuisine.
A very unique aspect of Thai cuisine is the seasonings used to enhance the flavour of the dishes. Enjoy Thai dishes with a good serving of prik nam pla, or fish sauce with chilis and lime. Elevate the flavour of your favourite Thai dish to another dimension by choosing one of the many condiments: sour vinegar spike with chilli, chilli flakes, sugar, and fish sauce, all representing the unique fundamental blend of flavours that is Thai cuisine. The intricacies come in combining and balancing of these powerful flavours to deliver dishes that will blow your mind.
CUISINE WITH THE WEALTH OF HEALTH
Research has proved that Thai food is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. They ensure that maximum nutrition is preserved while cooking. The ingredients used are healthy with many having medicinal values that can help ailments like cholesterol and gastrointestinal problems, etc. Many Thai dishes are either steamed or stir-fried which also help retain their nutritional value. Most of the dishes are rich in fibre. Fibre helps to regulate the body’s use of sugar, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check.
If you are health conscious, Thai cuisine has a huge variety to offer in salads. Thai salads have healthy dressings with fresh fruits and green veggies. This fresh produce is garnished with chilli and lime. The soups are also healthy and make a fibrous diet. They are a blend of savoury and sweet ingredients.
SAVOUR THE FLAVOUR
Any number of Asian stir-fries begin with garlic cooked in oil. But if you add chillies, kaffir lime leaves, sugar, and fish sauce, the stir-fry takes on a delicious, unmistakably Thai flavour. The result is an explosion of flavours that sparkles on the plate. Indeed, the art of Thai cooking is combining ingredients at opposite ends of the flavour spectrum–chilli paste and coconut milk, palm sugar and lime juice–and balancing them to create vibrantly flavoured food.
Nearly every Thai recipe begins with a paste. A paste made with shallots (or onions), garlic, and green or red chillies. Added to this may be a variety of other spices and herbs, including dried or fresh coriander, Thai chilli powder, galangal, green peppercorns, lemongrass, and turmeric. Kaffir lime leaves are also a common ingredient, lending a uniquely Thai flavour to pungent pastes or simmering curries.
In the Thai kitchen, pastes were traditionally made using whole spices and herbs (some fresh, others dried) pounded together with a pestle & mortar.
The rhizomes like Galangal- a relative of ginger, and fresh turmeric add valuable nutrients and depth of flavour to many Thai dishes.
They also include lemongrass and coconut milk extensively in their dishes. Lemongrass is close to being the ‘signature’ ingredient of Thai cookery. Chopped and pounded, or simply cut into long pieces and “bruised” lemongrass stalks are used to release the scent and flavour in soups and curries. Coconut milk adds magic and plays an essential role in Thai Cuisine. It adds creaminess to its curries and brilliantly accentuates the piquancy of the Thai dishes. Thai Jasmine Rice, the fragrant long-grain rice from Thailand is prized for its aromatic and nutty flavour.
The “Land of Smiles”- THAILAND truly brings a smile to every food connoisseur for its globally renowned scrumptious cuisine, offering a delightful palate pleaser that is simply irresistible and leaves its diners craving for more.
At CalorieSmart we serve a variety of dishes from the Thai Cuisine. Som Tum Salad, Exotic Vegetables in Green Thai Curry, Chicken/ Fish in red Thai Curry, Khao Pad (Fried Rice), Noodle Soup to name a few. Kindly visit www.caloriesmart.in to check our menu options and order your favourite Thai delicacy.
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