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Healthier Thai Green Curry
Thai green curry was the first dish I ever ordered at a Thai restaurant. I guess I associated my love of green chili from New Mexican food to green curry but I wasn't disappointed. It's not green chili by the way just to be extra clear. 🙂 There is a tree called curry which spice is taken from. The tree is from the southern part of India and is used in dishes there. It's interesting that curry may have originated from this tree but Thai curry is not.
Although Thailand obviously got a lot of it's influence from India, the kind we used is actually an already made store bought mixture of spices. We will likely be doing our own recipe for the famous Thai favorite soon so stay tuned.
The main ingredients for green curry are usually coconut milk, green curry paste, palm sugar, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves, and and a Thai basil. There are a few problem children here though.
Issues with green curry and what we did to correct it.
For one, coconut milk has quite a bit of saturated fat so you will want to always look for one with the title, reduced fat or lite. If you have cardiovascular issues you will want to just avoid this or use soy milk or something. This is because even reduced fat coconut milk has over 20 percent of your RDA of saturated fat.
You might also want to switch out the palm sugar for a stevia or something healthier. Even if you don't have diabetes, avoiding pure sugar can help you avoid getting diabetes.
That's pretty much the basics for any Thai green curry. Now that you know that you might want to check out all the ways you can use green curry. As I write this my wife just finished another new recipe I had never heard of. Consider your Thai curry paste a tool in your tool box. Learn it's properties and then you have a basis for knowing what it goes well with.
Different ways you can do it
Below are some ways we have tried green curry in the past. Check in often and or subscribe to stay abreast of new ways we come up with for cooking the wonderful mainstay of Thailand. As always, check with your doctor, dietitian or other qualified health professional if you have concerns about anything on our blog. Please also let us know if you think of any ways we can further make our recipes healthier! We do our best but know it wouldn't be as fun if there weren't constant innovation! 🙂