Thai Lemongrass Salad: Yum Ta-Krai

Learn to make Cucumber & Lemongrass Salad

Lemongrass is a Thai herb that is popularly used in cooking and is commonly grown at home. It originates from India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand.  Lemongrass contains vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to the body, such as vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, iron, etc.

The Bergamot is also called Kaffir lime. There are also some other different names used in the local area. Bergamot is a small hardwood tree. It has a similar citrus taste to lime, but has a rough outer skin and is very fragrant because there are essential oil glands beneath the skin. Therefore it is popular to make the food more fragrant.
Bergamot is a plant in the citrus family originating from Laos, Malaysia and Indonesia.  Helps to relieve coughs and reduces bruising. Kaffir lime leaves are also rich in beta-carotene, which is thought to help slow down the growth of cancer cells.

Parawan’s Thai Home cooking class will show you an easy way to cook this food. This dish can be made with tofu or vegetables, other types of meat or seafood and not just chicken. This dish is good for a light healthy snack.



The History of Cucumber & Lemongrass Salad

Yum Ta-Krai is a traditional Thai dish that features lemongrass as the main ingredient. It is believed to have originated in the southern region of Thailand and is commonly served as a spicy and tangy salad. The dish is made by mixing sliced lemongrass with chili peppers, lime juice, fish sauce, and other seasonings, resulting in a refreshing and flavorful dish. Over time, variations of Yum Ta-Krai have emerged, incorporating different ingredients such as shrimp, seafood, and herbs. The dish continues to be a popular part of Thai cuisine and is frequently served as an appetizer or a side dish.


 Lemon Grass Salad


Ingredients you will need if you are taking an online class

● 200 g Marinated chicken breast/Pork/Tofu
(Marinade with salt, pepper, sugar and soy sauce)
● 2 or 3 stems of Lemongrass
● 1 Cucumber
● Fried Cashew nuts or other nuts for example peanuts.
(much as you like)
● 1 or 2 Shallots
● 2-3 cloves of Garlic
● 1 tablespoon kaffir lime leaves (if you can’t find this
then you can exclude it and just add extra mint)
● Spring onion, Mint (As much as you like)
● Lime or Lemon juice 3 or 4 tablespoons
● Fish sauce 2 tablespoons
● Sugar or Palm sugar 2 tablespoons
● Black pepper, salt
● Thai Hot Chilies (amount depends on how spicy you like),
chop. If you don’t like spicy at all then use a large red pepper