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Thai yellow carry ( Gang Ka-ri)

Yellow curry came to Thailand from Southern India. The Tamil word " Kari " means curry or sauce. Hence Thai people call the yellow carry " Gang Ka-ri".

Thai Yellow Curry
Thai yellow curry

Turmeric powder, a common Indian spice, gives this curry its vibrant yellow colour. However, Turmeric powder or Indian spices in general were not commonly available in the kingdom in those days. So an Indian spice mix called " Ground Ka-ri spice Mix*" was made available. This spice mix consists of Fenugreek seeds, Fennel seeds, Coriander seeds, cloves, cardamon and Turmeric Powder. The Ka-Ri spice mix is then added to basic Thai herbs and spices to make a yellow curry paste. This is essentially and probably the first Thai-Indian fusion curry.

With a long list of strong spices, yellow curries work well with lamb, beef, game or leftover brown Turkey meat. Unlike other Thai curries, Gang Ka-ri is not sweet at all, one of a few Thai dishes that you don't need to reach for a blob of coconut sugar. Best served with rice accompanied by a cucumber and chilli vinaigrette.


Serve 4

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20- 40 minutes depending on choice of meat



500-800g meat of your choice. In the photo here I used leftover brown turkey meat from Christmas Lunch)

2 tins * 440ml coconut cream

1 red onion sliced

5 medium potatoes peeled and quartered

3 tbsp Thai fish sauce

2 tbsp yellow curry paste. Link below for a homemade homemade yellow curry paste.


  1. Slice the meat into bite size strips

  2. In a non-stick saucepan, heat 2-3 tbsp of vegetable oil on medium heat. Add the red onion and fry on until light brown.

  3. Stir in the curry paste and fry till fragrant. Pour in 1 cup of the thick part of coconut milk which usually sits on the top of the tin. Cook gently for a couple of minutes until a little curry paste starts to give out a little oil droplets.This is a sign that the carry paste has fully awaken.

  4. Add the meat and cook through.

  5. Pour in the rest of the coconut milk and a cup of water. If you use lamb or game, you want slow cook the meat at this stage until it is tender.

  6. Once the meat is cooked, add potato and simmer for 20 mins until the potato is cooked through

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