If you are new to Thai food, you may be wondering what the difference is between the different colored curries (Red, Yellow and Green) that are in many of the dishes. We are going to explain this to you so you can choose the one you think would best suit your taste buds and tolerance to spice.

The color of the curry paste—green, red, yellow comes from the color of the chili pepper (as well as other ingredients) used to make the paste. Each color paste has its own unique flavor and level of spice, green is usually the milder of the curry pastes, while red is usually the hottest and yellow falls somewhere in between.

Green curry is usually the brightest colored and the more popular curry used in Thai dishes. It is also the most distinct flavored curry from that of other countries. Nowadays, chefs will add other ingredients with a green hue to enhance it’s color and not rely just on the color of the green chile, such as fresh cilantro, basil, and kaffir lime leaf. If you would like to try a common green curry dish, try Thai green curry usually offered with the choice of chicken, beef, pork or seafood.

Yellow Curry uses Turmeric as the main ingredient, similar to Indian curry but still with its own unique Thai flavor; mildly sweet and slightly spicy. Other ingredients you will find in yellow curry paste are coriander seeds, lemongrass, cumin, garlic, dried red chilies, and galangal, all blend together to give traditional dishes such as Thai yellow curry chicken their unmistakable flavor.

Red Thai curry paste has stayed pretty much the same over the years. Thai chefs use to use around 20 red chilies in order to obtain the spicy and color to give it that traditional red color and spice. Modern chefs have elected to use chili powder instead of large numbers of red chilis to achieve a deeper flavor while still keeping the dark red color. Thaiphoon @ Pentagon Row uses red curry in our Duck Curry, mild spice but full of flavor.

If you would like to try some of these delicious dishes for yourself and taste how Thaiphoon @ Pentagon Row in Arlington, VA delivers flavor and spice with our curry pastes, come in today or give us a call at 703-413-8200 for an order to go.