Can you put Thai Curry on a pizza? You already know the answer—of course you can. And we did. And we know you’re gonna like it!
This culinary masterpizza is chock-full of savory, zesty Thai flavor. (Well, our best Western-imitation of those flavors...) And, Healthy Pizza Freaks rejoice: this beauty is a Whole30 AND Paleo pizza! Leave out the chicken, and you’ve got a vegan pizza. No Pizza Freak is left behind on this one.
So get acquainted with curry, learn to respect food like a Thailand native, and get to eating up this dang delicious pizza.
What's The Curry?
Most people today hear ‘curry’ and think of the vibrant gold seasoning, bringing the savory-spicy flavors from Southeast Asia right to your local grocery store. Unlike your jar of garlic powder or ground cinnamon, curry powder doesn’t come from a particular ‘curry plant’ or herb. Every jar of curry powder contains a blend of spices—usually some combination of turmeric (which gives it that vibrant color), cumin, coriander, fenugreek, and chili peppers, but there are plenty of different variations. BUT, curry powder as most of us know it isn’t even a thing in India, Thailand, or other Southeast Asian countries!
Thanks to British colonialists, the term ‘curry’ has been insanely overgeneralized and has become a pretty un-legit Western imitation of the real deal. Back in those colonialist days, a British official who was leaving India didn’t want to leave the delicious foods he’d been eating behind. So, the official ordered one of his servants to whip up a mix of Indian spices that he could take home and, bada-bing bada-boom, the mish-mash of dry spices known as ‘curry’ spread across Europe. In reality, authentic curry is actually a dish that’s made with a blend of dry spices, OR a spiced sauce/paste.
A true curry is more like a sauce that’s used to give dishes (like our Thai Curry Pizza) major flavor. Even the word ‘curry’ comes from the Tamil word khari, meaning “sauce” or “relish for rice.” It’s not always insanely spicy, and the flavors change depending on the region, the chef, and the dish that it’s used to make. And, cooks and chefs in Southeast Asia aren’t using a pre-packaged bottle of curry powder—they make their own spice mixture from scratch every day. Don’t get us wrong, we still love knockoff curry powder, we totally used it in our pizza—but don’t be duped into thinking we’re legit curry artists.
Fun Facts: Thai Food 101
- In Thailand, food is so important that, instead of saying "Sawadee Ka" (which means "hello"), friends usually greet one another with, "Gin khaw rian,” meaning "Have you eaten yet?"
- Eating a meal is treated as a celebration in Thai culture, with large groups of people eating together. The more people at the table, the better—and Thais actually consider eating alone to be bad luck! It’s rare that any dish or meal belongs to one person, like Western culture is used to. Meals are traditionally shared with the group, with many different dishes that everyone serves themselves from.
- Most Thai dishes are considered unsatisfying unless they combine five main tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy.
- What are now known as ‘Thai chilis’ actually are NOT native to Thailand—they were brought there from South America!
- Nowadays, there’s pretty much no such thing as baking in Thailand, and most Thai households don’t even have an oven! Fried and grilled foods have pretty much taken over, making baked goods almost nonexistent.
- Contrary to popular belief, Thai people DON’T prefer to eat with chopsticks—they use a fork and a spoon!
- It is VERY uncool to waste food in Thai culture, and leftovers are never thrown away. In particular, it’s very looked down upon to waste rice that’s left on the plate (or even to step on rice) because rice is considered sacred. It’s believed that every grain of rice has a divine element in it, and the Thai “goddess of rice” will unleash her fury if it’s wasted! This female deity watches over the Thai people, making sure everyone has enough to eat—but she will bring bad luck or even widespread famine if food is disrespected by being thrown away.
Curry Up And Eat This Pizza
Time to raid the spice cabinet and get to making your own curry blend! Or, just use curry powder like we did. The choice is yours! Either way, making this Thai Curry Pizza means you’re destined for deliciousness—Whole30- and Paleo-approved, as well as approved by our own taste buds. So curry up and get in the kitchen so you can get to Eatin’ The Pizza, alright?!
Whole30 Thai Curry Pizza Ingredients:
Curried Chicken & Veggies:
- 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into 1″ pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 zucchini, cut into ½” x 2″ pieces
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 cup green onions, chopped
- ½ yellow onion, sliced
- 1 tsp ginger paste (or 1″ piece of fresh ginger, grated)
- 1 tsp garlic paste (or 2 cloves of garlic, grated/finely minced)
- 2 Tbsp red curry paste
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 can coconut cream
- salt and pepper
- red pepper flakes, optional
Paleo Pizza Crust:
- ½ cup blanched almond flour
- ¾ cup tapioca flour (or arrowroot starch) + 2-3 Tbsp for spreading/kneading dough
- 3 Tbsp coconut flour + 3 Tbsp after adding the egg
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- ¾ tsp fine grain sea salt
- ⅓ cup warm water
- ⅓ cup light olive oil
- 1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 egg at room temperature
*Thanks to Paleo Running Momma for this Paleo pizza crust recipe!
Red Curry Sauce:
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp red curry paste
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp curry powder
- pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
- salt, to taste
To make your Curried Chicken & Veggies:
- Heat a wok over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp coconut oil. Sauté chicken breast until cooked through, stirring regularly, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Add another Tbsp of coconut oil. Add all veggies. Season. Cook until they start to brown and crisp, 6-8 minutes.
- Add garlic and ginger, cooking about 1 minute until fragrant.
- Add red curry paste and curry powder. Stir to integrate.
- Add coconut cream and mix well to combine.
- Add chicken back into mix and stir to coat. Cook until heated through. Turn to low and simmer until liquid has reduced down to your liking. (You want more liquid left in a curry, but less for topping a pizza!)
To make your Paleo Pizza Crust:
- Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C).
- Line a pizza pan with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, tapioca, 3 Tbsp of the coconut flour, onion & garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt. Stir well to combine.
- In a measuring cup, combine water, oil, and vinegar. Pour into the dry mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms.
- Stir in the whisked egg to combine well. Once you have a sticky mixture, slowly add the remaining coconut flour. (Add a Tbsp at a time and mix well, allowing the dough to sit a bit after each Tbsp to absorb the liquid, until you have a dough that's still a bit sticky yet able to be spread out. Don't add more than 3 additional Tbsp of coconut flour in this step, even if the dough seems sticky to work with! You can use extra tapioca to help spread it out.)
- Sprinkle extra tapioca on your parchment lined baking sheet, transfer the dough to the sheet and sprinkle with more tapioca.
- Work the dough into a 10-inch circle (or 12-inch, for a very thin crust).
- Bake for 10-15 minutes. (We baked ours for about 10 minutes before adding toppings, then baked again. Bake time will depend on the toppings you plan to add, how crispy you want the crust, and how thinly you spread it out.)
- Remove crust from oven once done and allow to cool slightly.
To make your Red Curry Sauce:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all sauce ingredients.
- Use a hand mixer to whisk everything together and create a fluffy texture.
To assemble Thai Curry Pizza:
- Spread Red Curry Sauce onto Paleo Pizza Crust that’s cool to the touch.
- Using tongs, grab the chicken and veggies (but leave most of the liquid behind) and pile onto pizza crust.
- Return to oven for about 10 minutes.
- Slice, serve, and Eat The Thai Curry on a Pizza!
Yields 1 currytastic healthy pizza.