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Healthy Thai Cooking Tips

The world’s most popular recipes include the most aromatic spices and garnishes, which makes them stand out above the rest. However, many of the ingredients which go into their preparation unfortunately make the dish unhealthy.

Thai cuisine is famous for its traditional spices, some of which aren’t necessarily the healthiest ingredients in the kitchen. But we give you a few tips that will make your Thai dishes nutritious as well as tasty.

Use Coconut Milk

coconut milk
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Cream and starch are good thickening agents, but coconut milk is the best choice, simply because it brings in some fabulous authentic Thai flavour. It is also a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids which enhance heart health.

Make Smart Menu Choices 

Papaya Salad

Planning a menu takes time and thought. So, make sure you employ these two carefully. Thai cuisine includes dishes like sticky rice with mango sauce, lot of fried meats, and fried spring rolls, all of which are rich in calories and loaded with simple fats and carbohydrates. Substitute these with Thai salads and summer rolls.

Eat Satay Meats for Entrees

Satay Meats
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Prepared by barbecuing marinated meat on charcoal, Satay is a dish that takes in very little oil, making it an automatically healthy choice. If you’re using turmeric in the preparation of satay-based dishes, you’re on the right track!

Don’t Shy Away From Herbs and Spices 

Herbs and Spices
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Half the taste of a spectacular dish comes from its aroma, and when it comes to Thai food, the aroma depends heavily on the traditional herbs and spices. If used in the right amount, traditional Thai ingredients like phrik khi nu (chillies) and galangal (aromatic root)add great flavour to the dish, while maintaining the right balance of taste and nutrition.

By making use of these healthy Thai cooking tips, you can feast on a Thai platter without worrying about your calorie intake.

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