I love curries. Yet, making my own takes time, and I don’t have a lot of it during the week. Thai curries are particularly delicious with their hot spice combined with cooling and soothing coconut cream.
There’s a problem though. I have never been able to find a Thai Green Curry Paste at the supermarket which wasn’t full of things I don’t want in my body: sugar, rapeseed oil, cornflour, sunflower oil, potato starch, fish powder and yeast extract (a flavour enhancer similar to MSG).
I’ve explained my aversion to rapeseed oil elsewhere. I think it’s terrible for my body. But these pastes contain a lot of sugar, carbs and preservatives. What is a diabetic supposed to do?
Enter Amazon and a quick search for Thai curry pastes. The first product that came up was the Mae Jum Classic Bundle. I had never seen this product before, but the lovely packaging caught my eye.
Things got better as a scrolled down the page. This was the company’s product claim:
- 100% Natural Ingredients
- No artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives
- Registered with the Vegan Society
- Fresh herbs and spices – Gluten Free
- Traditional family recipe – Authentic flavour
The ingredients support the claim above. This is what’s in the Thai Green Curry:
- Green Chilli
- Rock Salt
- White Pepper
- Coriander Root
- Coriander Seeds
- Kaffir Lime Rind
- Cumin Seeds
Total carbs from one serving of the paste? Something like 3g maximum.
How does it Taste?
This sauce has an amazing flavour. I whipped up a great dinner last night using the Thai Green Curry Paste and a recipe I found using chicken breast, fresh veg and coconut cream. It had a really lovely heat as well. That tends to be another problem with the bog standard supermarket versions: no fire.Not so with Mae Jum!
I was a little worried this morning given some of the blood spikes I’ve had in the past with curry sauces. Not so today. My glucose was a good 7.8 mmol/L.
If you like Thai curries and can get your hands on this wonderful product, I recommend getting it now. I’ll be trying the red and yellow pastes in coming weeks and will write a brief review for each.