Thai Vegetables and The Health Benefits
Thai food will not be complete without the vegetables. They are an important part of Thai cuisine, and there are many delicious Thai foods with vegetables as the main ingredients. Vegetables make Thai foods healthy and nutritious.
Packed with vitamins and minerals
Thai’s use many green vegetables in their foods, which are a good source of Vitamin B2 and Vitamin A. Yellow vegetables are also rich in betacarotene. Other vegetables have Vitamin C and E, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, fiber, and folic acid. All these ingredients can help lower blood sugar levels, reduce obesity, maintain a healthy weight, and lower cholesterol.
Moreover, it is easy to turn Thai food into vegan dishes because they use many vegetables, rice, and noodles as the base. There is no milk, butter, or cheese normally, and meat is only a fraction of the recipe, so altering them will not change much of the taste.
Aside from vegetables, herbs, and spices add great flavors, as well as nutritional and medicinal values. The unique flavors of Thai food earned them international recognition. Among the herbs commonly used in Thai cooking are lemongrass, galangal, garlic, turmeric, kaffir lime leaves, chilies, and coriander seeds.
Galangal adds a delicious aroma to Thai dishes, such as curry. Other stir-fry vegetables get their aroma from sweet basil, holy basil, and tree basil, along with ginger, garlic, and chilies. In seafood dishes, herbs, and spices, such as ginger, basil, and long-leaf coriander, help mask the fish odor.
Top Thai vegetable dishes
There are lots of Thai vegetable dishes that will make you easily fall in love with them. The top dishes you should try include laab jay (vegan laab), tao hoo song kreung (mixed tofu), pad khak (stir-fried vegetables), pak boong (stir-fry morning glory), pad thai (stir-fried noodles), som tum (papaya salad), and gang jay (vegetarian curry).
How to cook Thai-style veggies
Cooking vegetables in Thai style involves slicing up vegetables such as shallots, broccoli, bell peppers, eggplant, bean sprout, carrot, cabbage, and kale.
Be generous with lemongrass, which gives Thai food an incredible aroma and a zesty and lemon flavor.
Stir-fry your vegetables in high heat for a short time to make sure that they stay al dente.
Add warming spices that Thai food is known for such as chopped garlic, and chilies, and diced ginger.
Add lime juice and Kaffir lime leaves.
Pour vegetable stock for more flavor and moisture. Thai food is also known for soup-like consistency.
Add coconut milk and chopped coriander for more aromatic flavors.
Garnish with Thai basil, which has a distinct peppermint flavor.
Vegetables are an integral part of Thai cuisine. They bring out the flavors, colors, and aroma in Thai food, and are incredibly healthy for the body. Vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals that can help in maintaining a good weight, reducing cholesterol, and lowering blood sugar levels. Cooking vegetables in Thai style involves stir-frying them in high heat quickly and adding spices and herbs that enrich the flavors.
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