With its balmy climate, tropical fruits and zesty cuisine, Thailand conjures up images of an endless summer… which may seem out of place in the midst of our long-winded winter. But, with a bit of imagination you can take those Thai flavours you crave and translate them into the perfect winter warmers.
It may not be time to bust out the bikini just yet, but you can bring some sunshine to your dinner table, thanks to these five easy ways to warm up with Thai food.
The easiest way to incorporate summery Thai flavours into your winter cooking regime is to turn the heat up to 10 – in the chilli department, that is. Put some pep in your step with this pad prik kapow recipe, an authentic Thai stir-fry with chicken, basil, chilli and green beans. Or, zero in on the spiciest Thai curry of them all. This fiery jungle curry doesn’t contain any soothing coconut milk, so the chilli levels are off the charts!
Another surefire way to celebrate the sunshine-bright cuisine of Thailand in the depths of our grey-sky winter is by using a raft of tropical ingredients. Include lashings of coconut milk, such as this fragrant chicken coconut soup, or reach for luscious fruits, like the pineapple in this red curry with prawns.
Robust curries and slow-braised meats make perfect bedfellows in winter. For a Thai twist on lamb shanks, try your hand at this massaman curry, a rich and indulgent main dish that’s perfect with a bottle of cabernet sauvignon. If you’re craving those slow-cooked flavours but time isn’t on your side, have a go at this speedy green curry beef or roasted red duck curry – no one will know they only took 30 minutes to make!
Leave the herb-packed salads for the summer months and reach for sturdy winter vegetables instead. We’re talking about the season’s bounty of carrots, pumpkin and potatoes in dishes such as this vegetarian Thai red curry, and this main course of yellow curry bugs with sweet pumpkin and tomato. Serve it with a bottle of riesling at your next dinner party.
Now’s the time to use carbs for comfort. In the winter months, you can go to town on your favourite noodle and rice dishes, such as this creamy khao soi curry with noodles and chicken or a pad Thai with prawns.
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