BAL­ANCE OF THAI COOK­ING

A TRA­DI­TIONAL CURRY HAS FOUR MAIN EL­E­MENTS: HOT, SWEET, SALTY AND SOUR, BUT GET THEM RIGHT

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | ESCAPE - WORDS: VICKI TAY­LOR

The taste of tamarind is like sweet and sour. It’s used in In­dian and South-east Asian cook­ing, es­pe­cially in Thai food. Think cur­ries, tra­di­tional dishes and chut­neys. What tamarind does, other than add a sour note to dishes, is bal­ance flavour. For ex­am­ple, when you are mak­ing, say, a Thai curry, it is im­por­tant to get the four main el­e­ments right: hot, sweet, salty and sour.

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