Eight Common Types of Curry and its Differences
There are many different types of curry that have a vast variety found all over the world. Curry is commonly found and eaten in India, Thailand, China, Japan, Malaysia, South Africa and other countries. Curry has a vast range of recipes, and can be prepared and cooked in many ways in many places. Even the same kind of curry can taste different depending on the cook’s tastes and available ingredients used in preparing the dish.
Curries often contain flavors of meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, tofu, and legumes. Indian curry dishes generally use legumes like chickpeas and lentils, called dhal. A few main types of curries are: green, red, yellow, massaman, and panang. Of course, there are so many more varieties of curries available. Green curry can pack the hottest spice to it and yellow the least, but again, that’s not always true.
Today we will be looking into a few types of curries and their unique features: –
1. Red Curry Paste
- Red curry paste is made with dried long red chilies, cilantro root, coriander, cumin, garlic, shallots, kaffir lime rind, white peppercorn, lemongrass, shrimp paste, sea salt and galangal.
- The basic ingredients in the simple red curry paste consist of dried red chili peppers, whole cloves of garlic, sea salt, fresh lemongrass, fresh turmeric for color, and shrimp paste.
2. Massaman Curry
- Massaman curry is a Persian-influenced curry dish and originates in southern Thailand on the border with Malaysia, where many Muslims live, so this curry is often prepared with lamb or beef as the Islamic religion forbids the consumption of pork.
- Massaman curry paste is a rich combination of dried red chilies, cloves, white pepper, shallots, garlic, galangal, lemongrass, shrimp paste, coriander, cumin, and salt.
- The dish itself includes peanuts and cinnamon, white cardamom, and nutmeg, which is uncommon for Thai curry.
- Massaman curry is thick and stew-like with a mild, with a slightly sweet taste.
3. Green Curry Paste (Also known as Kreung Gaeng keo wahn)
- Green curry paste is a blend of fresh green chilies, shallots, lemongrass, white pepper, coriander root, garlic, kaffir lime rind, shrimp paste, and salt.
- Sweet basil leaves, round green eggplant, and kaffir lime leaves are add to the overall lovely green hue in the final curry dish.
4. Cauliflower Green Curry
- This is a type of curry that vegans, vegetarians and lactose intolerant eaters will surely love.
- Cauliflower green curry is green curry paste mixed with soy sauce, cauliflower, chickpeas, green beans, Thai basil leaves, and lime juice.
- This creates a very filling and flavorful meal.
5. Japanese Chicken Katsu Curry
- Think of the Japanese chicken katsu curry as chicken schnitzel with Japanese gravy and ‘taters’.
- The chicken is pounded thin, breaded in panko and fried in a pan, and the gravy is a curry made with mild yellow curry powder, ginger, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, onion, honey, chicken broth, coconut milk, and thickened with flour.
6. Indian Chickpea Curry with Spinach
- This is a quick and easy dish to prepare for a weeknight meal when you’re tired and tempted to order delivery or takeout.
- The laid-back vegetarian stew has chickpeas, spinach, tomato, fresh ginger, coriander, paprika, and cumin give it some delicious Indian personality.
- This curry is often served with rice and, if you’re feeling a little ambitious, homemade naan also tastes good with indian chickpea curry with spinach.
7. Thai Red Chicken Curry
- This curry contains moist, juicy chicken thighs simmered in Thai red curry with coconut milk, basil, onion, bell pepper, and garlic.
- This curry dish is rich in spice and flavor, that will surely sate your appetite.
8. Yellow Curry Paste
- Yellow curry paste is mellow with a sweet and spicy taste.
- This curry paste blend consists of turmeric and curry powder pounded together with coriander, cumin, lemongrass, galangal, shrimp paste, dried red chilies, sea salt, ginger, garlic and shallots.
To conclude, curry is widely cooked and very popular. There are a lot of different types of curry dishes available, each with its own unique way of preparing the dish and ingredients.