Situation - You receive a phone call saying your husband's Uncles and Aunts are visiting for a couple of days. Sometime back, your knowledge base was updated that they love trying out different cuisines, provided the food is spicy. Alright, so here's your chance to impress them.
Solution - To your rescue... comes Thai cuisine....hot and spicy just like we Indians love, yet a distinct flavour, easy to make and hence easy to impress ;-).
But let's play safe...the closest cousin of Indian Chicken curry is the Thai Chicken Massaman Curry. Massaman is just an old word for Muslim, cause that's where the origins of this curry are. This curry is heavy on spices and just like other Thai curries uses coconut milk to tone it down. Chicken can be substituted with beef, mutton, lamb or tofu. Spices like - Red chillies, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, coriander seeds, black peppercorns is what makes this curry hot and spicy. Now you will say, 'That is exactly what we use in Indian curries'. But wait, there are some Thai cuisine - specific ingredients like Galangal, Fish sauce, Lemongrass, Cassia leaves and shrimp paste that sets this curry apart from the Indian curries.