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Your Ultimate Guide to Different Types of Curry Paste

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You can find curry paste in almost any grocery store these days. Unfortunately, that means you probably have to read the labels to make sure you’re choosing a brand that has the curry flavor you want and doesn’t have a ton of extra sodium or unnecessary additives. Curry paste comes in lots of different varieties. Some are made with tomatoes, and others are made with coconut milk and other ingredients. Depending on whether you like your food spicy or not, there’s probably a type of curry paste that will suit your palate. Curry paste is very easy to use and definitely an essential kitchen pantry item. This blog post will give you all the information you need about these delicious seasonings so that next time you’re in the mood to make curry, you’ll know which one to go for!

Thai Curry Paste

In Southeast Asian cuisines, Thai curry paste is very common. It usually has a yellow color that comes from the turmeric in it. This type of curry paste is made from a mixture of spices, chili peppers, garlic, lemongrass, and more. If you like your curry sweet and mild, then Thai curry paste is a great option. Although Thai curry paste is the mildest kind of curry paste, it can be used to make other types of curry by adding extra chilies or hot sauce. Thai curry paste is best in dishes like stir-fries and curries with coconut milk like red or green curry. You can also use it to make tom yum soup which is a Thai favorite.

Malaysian Curry Pastes

Malaysian curry pastes are also made from a mixture of herbs and spices, but they’re a bit more intense and spicier than some of the Thai curry pastes. The dominant flavors are turmeric, galangal, and lemongrass. Malaysian curry pastes are great for dishes that need a little extra heat with a balanced blend of spices. The intense spiciness helps to balance out rich and creamy dishes like curries and soups. A Malaysian curry paste would be a great choice if you like your curries and stews spicy.

Indian Curry Pastes

Indian curry pastes are made from a blend of lentils, spices, and occasionally tomatoes. They’re usually a bit thicker and chunkier than other curry pastes and are often labeled as “Madras” or “Korai” curry pastes. Indian curry pastes are great in curries and stews that have lots of vegetables in them. Some Indian curry pastes don’t have a lot of heat and are great for people who don’t like their food to be too spicy. If you like your curries and stews with a strong flavor, Indian curry pastes would be a great choice.


All in all, there are lots of delicious curry pastes out there, each with its own unique flavor and spice level. It’s best to experiment with different types until you find one that you really like. That way, you’ll know exactly what to buy for your kitchen next time you go grocery shopping! You can use these pastes in various dishes, so you’re sure to find a way to use them up and not have too much leftover once you’re done cooking!