Making perfectly crispy and golden brown fried shallots can be a challenge. So many of our Thai recipes call for fast cooking or high heat, but to make your shallots come out just right you need to keep the heat low, and fry them for at least 5 minutes.
Tamarind Paste (Makaam Piak) is a soft, thick, and creamy paste made by reconstituting dried tamarind fruit. Once fully dried, tamarind can be kept in a tightly sealed container in your kitchen pantry for a long, long time. If you do a lot of Thai cooking, we highly recommend that you take some home the next time you see it, and keep it on hand so you can make a little fresh paste as you need it.
Prik Kaeng Panang is a lovely Thai curry paste that is used to make Panang Curry dishes. You'll know it from its golden orange color and the flavors of mace, cardamom, and toasted seeds. You can always buy a packaged curry, but if you are serious about Thai cooking there is no better way to really learn how to customize the flavor than by starting with all the raw ingredients.
You can always buy a packaged curry, but there's nothing more satisfying in Thai cooking than making your own from all the raw ingredients. Kaeng Matsaman is a southern style curry that is rich with the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cumin, and coriander seed.
The most common red curry is probably Prik Kaeng Ped, the one that most people are talking about when they say Thai Red Curry. But there is also Massaman and Panang, which are also red in color. So what's the difference? Just a a few extra spices added to this basic red curry recipe and you'll have a whole different flavor.