Thai food is considered as one of the best and healthiest foods across the globe. The reason being is that, quite similar to Indian foods, the herbs and spices that are used to prepare Thai food are rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Thai cuisine is often very tasty and spicy and that is what attracts the food lovers even more. What makes Thai food more delicious and appealing is its aromatic ingredients that give Thai food a unique and fresh sense of taste. When it comes to healthy foods, we cannot spare Thai foods out of this list. All thanks to some of the main ingredients that are used in Thai foods such as coriander, coconut milk, chillies, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, lemongrass and turmeric etc. These ingredients not only possess healing properties for the human body but also strengthen our immune system. So, today, we would like you to tell two of the healthiest Thai dishes that are very delicious and boost our immune system.
Tom Yum Goong
Tom Yum Goong is one of the most popular Thai dishes that is served all across the world. It is a hot and sour traditional Thai food that is, by and large, made of the shrimps along with some other healthy and commonly used Thai ingredients such as the kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, fish source and lime juice etc. Tom Yum Goong ingredients and recipes are varied based on what ingredients people love to have in their Tom Yum Soups. There are other similar Tom Yum Soups called Tom Yam Nam Sai, which is made of clear broth and Tom Yum Po Taek, which is made of various seafood.
Tom Yum Goong Ingredients and Their Health Benefits
Lemongrass is one of the most common ingredients that is used to make a number of Thai dishes and Tom Yum Goong is one of them. Lemongrass contains multiple essential vitamins including Vitamin A, B1, B2 and B3, which are very good for health. It also helps in reducing inflammation, cough and digestive problems.
Galanga is originated from Southeast-Asian countries and possesses antibacterial properties that help in dealing with stomach related issues. It also helps in reducing cough and fighting heart related diseases.
Coconut milk helps to tone down cholesterol in the body and improve our immune system. It also helps get rid of wrinkles with its anti ageing properties.
Coriander contains antioxidants and micronutrients that cleanse metals from our body and helps reduce swelling that is caused by kidney problems.
Chilli pepper is one of the main ingredients of Tom Yum Goong that not just adds spiciness to the soup but deals with congestion and inflammation related problems. It contains Vitamin A that boosts our immune system. Tom Yum Goong is one of the most nutritionist Thai dishes that contain multi vitamins and healing properties that are good for our health.
Mango is among the most popular fruits in Thailand and is used to prepare many Thai sweet dishes. When we talk about Thai food, we cannot miss mentioning the healthy sweet dishes that are widely preferred in Thailand. Yum Mamuang is one such sweet dish. To be specific, it is a mango salad. Mangoes are known to boost the immune system. Many researchers suggest that mangoes also improve the digestion system and lowers the cholesterol in our body. Yum Mamuang is also known as the Vegan Mango Salad that is very easy to prepare. Let us take a look at the ingredients and recipe of Yum Mamuang.
Yum Mamuang Ingredients
- One green mango
- A half or three quarters cups of toasted peanuts (1/2 or ¾)
- A half teaspoon of sugar
- A pinch of salt
- One chilli pepper
- One lime
- One or two shallots (wild onion)
Yum Mamuang Recipe
- Put the peanuts in a pan and toast them for 15 to 20 minutes on medium heat.
- Once the peanuts toast thoroughly, put them aside and let them cool.
- Shred the peeled mongo using the shredder and then slice pepper and shallots finely.
- Now, put all the ingredients in a bowl large enough to mix it properly.
- You can add lime juice in it if you feel the need for making it sourer. However, the sourness depends on how raw and green the mango is.
- You can add seasoning and chillies to make it spicy as per your taste.
- Once done with the seasoning, serve it with your regular meals to make it healthier.
You can also have Yum Mamuang as an appetizer. Adding mangoes in your daily routine is said to increase the memory and concentration power as well. Mangoes contain Vitamin A and C and both of these vitamins are known to produce collagen. Collagen helps to form the connective tissues found throughout the body, which ultimately prevents body ageing.
Along with these two healthy Thai dishes for boosting immune systems, there are some other Thai dishes that are very good for health.
Some of such Thai dishes include:
Summer Roll is an appetizer that is made with various veggies such as carrots, cucumber and lettuce. You can also add shrimps in Summer Rolls. The Summer Roll is wrapped in thin rice paper skin and contains around 140 calories.
Papaya Salad is another healthy Thai dish that is made of shredded papaya, green beans, tomatoes and peanuts. It contains fibre and Vitamin C.
Chicken Satay is a grilled and marinated meat that is rich in protein. Chicken Satay is usually served with spicy-sweet peanut sauce, two teaspoons of which contains up to 80 calories.
Pad Thai is made of rice noodles that are sautéed with bean sprouts, peanuts, egg and spices. You can add shrimp, tofu, chicken and extra veggies to get more fibre and vitamins. Thai food is believed to be one of the most nutritious foods in the world. Along with the ingredients that are commonly used to prepare the Thai dishes, the cooking methodology also plays an important role in preserving the minerals and vitamins.
Moreover, the herbs and spices that are generally used to prepare Thai dishes are also good for health. When all’s said and done, we can assure you that, other than boosting the immune system, Thai foods have other health benefits too.