Green curry is a variety of curry in Thai cuisine. The name “green” curry derives from the color of the dish. Green curries tend to be as hot as red curries or hotter. The green color comes from fresh green chillies. The “sweet” in the Thai name refers to the particular color green itself and not to the taste of the curry. As this is a Thai curry based on coconut milk and fresh green chillies, the color comes out creamy mild green or, as this color is called in Thai, “sweet green”. The curry is not necessarily sweeter than other Thai curries.
The main ingredients for the sauce consist of coconut milk, green curry paste, eggplant (aubergine), pea aubergine, sugar, fish sauce, and Thai basil leaves. The consistency of its sauce varies with the amount of coconut milk used. Thai green curry can be made with all kinds of meat. However, the more popular ones are made with beef, pork, chicken, and fish ball. The green curry is usually eaten with rice as part of a wider range of dishes in a meal, or with round rice noodles known as khanom chin as a single dish. It can also be served with roti, an Indian style flatbread, similar to the roti canai in Malaysia.