2 Authentic and Healthy Thai Dishes You Can Cook at Home For Your Diet Cautious Family
Everybody loves a good plate of mouth-watering and a flavorsome Thai food once a while, right? But, how difficult is it actually to cook one yourself at home? Apparently, it is not as hard as many people may believe. In fact, with the right ingredients, you can cook up a decent plate of Thai food in your kitchen without having to depend on your favorite Thai restaurant to provide you with one.
Here are 3 easy and diet-friendly Thai recipes that you can cook for your family at your own cookery or kitchen.
1. Thai Shrimp and Coconut soup with Cucumber Mango Salad
This dish combines two classic Thai food elements – shrimp and coconut soup, giving the dish an authentic taste. Also, the Mango and Cucumber salad acts as a perfect side dish with a healthy mix of fruit and vegetable.
Ingredients for shrimp and coconut dish
- A pound of fresh shrimp
- 1 ½ cup natural coconut milk (unsweetened)
- 1 onion (finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoon of Olive oil (can also use canola oil)
- 3 ounces of rice noodles
- 3-4 pieces of lemongrass (finely chopped)
- 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 4 ounces of mushrooms
- 1 teaspoon each of ginger and curry paste
- 2 ¾ chicken stock
- 2 tablespoon lime juice, and brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon fish/soy sauce
- 1 piece of red chilli (sliced) and some cilantro leaves for garnish
- 1 large or 2 medium mangoes (chopped)
- 1 piece of cucumber (sliced)
- ½ tablespoon salt and chili paste
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon vinegar
- First, prepare the salad by mixing all its ingredients (except for the mango and coconut) and giving them a nice shake after. Then use a separate bowl for coconut and mango and drizzle them with vinegar.
- Clean the shrimps and set them aside. Meanwhile, cook the rice noodles, and drain the water.
- Take a separate stockpot and medium heat it. Add lemongrass, and onions and stir fry for about 3 min. then add curry paste, garlic and ginger and fry for another minute
- Now pour the chicken stock to the mixture, and bring it to a boil. After 5 minutes, add the shrimps and mushrooms. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes
- To serve, you can splash lime juice over it and garnish it with cilantro leaves.
- Serve hot with the salad and the rice noodles.
2. Steamed fish with chili and lime
It is one of the simplest, yet one of the most intriguing Thai dishes out there. The simple process of steaming the fish and transforming its taste entirely gives it its unique characteristics.
- 1 piece of rainbow trout or any other type of fish that may be available (Note: the taste may differ).
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 4 cloves Garlic (crushed)
- 2 tablespoon cilantro leaves and stems
- ¼ tablespoon black pepper
- 1 piece red chilies (chopped)
- 2 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoon chicken stock
- 1 lime (for garnish)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Steamed rice (depending on how much you consume)
- First, make the sauce by pounding the garlic, cilantro stems, and chillies to a paste form. Then add another 2 tablespoon lime juice, pepper, sugar, and fish sauce to the mix and set aside.
- Now take a large plate and place the fish on it. Then, dress the fish with the sauce made earlier.
- Take another big pot that can accommodate the entire fish and add water (about 1”). Bring it to a boil (note: you are not to add the fish until the water boils)
- Now, put a steamer above the pot and transfer the fish to it. Now, pour chicken broth over the fish, and steam cook for about 13-15 minutes.
- Garnish with cilantro leaves and lemons and serve it with steamed rice.
These are two of the dishes that perfectly represent the authentic taste of Thai cuisine. Of course, you can always choose to visit your favorite Thai restaurant and find out more about their traditional food culture as well.