Kitchen Tips

Guide to Healthy Thai Ingredients

Think Thai food is all fried fish cakes and indulgent curries? Think again. The cornerstones of Thai cooking are incredibly healthy, with nourishing herbs and spices and vitamin-packed fruit and vegetables. Our handy guide to healthy Thai ingredients will help boost your immunity to help you sail through winter.


Aromatic lemongrass has many benefits – it can help relieve stomach aches, lower blood pressure, reduce fever and has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, making it perfect for this time of year when there are so many bugs flying about. Try it in this restorative lemongrass tea, or discover five zesty recipes using lemongrass.


Fiery ginger and its fragrant cousin galangal are packed with medicinal benefits that are ideal for winter. Gingerol, the active ingredient in fresh ginger, can help fight infections, particularly respiratory infections (goodbye winter colds!). Plus it’s great for treating nausea and is a powerful antioxidant. Try this fortifying dinner of stir-fried ginger chicken or a warming cup of ginger and lemongrass tea.

Stir fried Ginger Chicken Recipe


We often reach for an orange when we want a vitamin C hit in winter, but did you know that chillies contain seven times more vitamin C than your favourite citrus fruit? This tom yum soup with 10 bird’s eye chillies will pack the vitamin punch you crave.

Tom Yum Soup with Prawns Recipe

Kaffir lime

The Tahitian lime’s ugly cousin, kaffir limes are a must-have ingredient in Thailand. Not only do they add zesty flavour and fragrance to curries and salads, they also have a host of health benefits, cleansing and strengthening the gums, and soothing the digestive system.

Coconut milk

Once you’ve discovered the eight amazing health benefits of coconut milk, you’ll want to add it to everything! For starters, why not try this red curry with prawns and pineapple?

Thai Red Curry with Prawns and Pineapple Recipe

Tropical fruits

We all know fruits are a must-have when trying to stay healthy in winter, and Thailand is blessed with a range of virtuous, vibrant fruits. Choose dragon fruit for its anti-inflammatory properties, mangosteen for its healing powers and healthy antioxidants, pineapple or guava for their abundant vitamin C, and rambutan for its ability to hydrate the skin, essential during the cool, windy months of winter.

For more healthy Thai cooking tips, discover four light and healthy southern Thai dishes, or read about five Thai dishes with great health benefits.

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