26 Foods That Start With TH – Ultimate Guide

When someone asks about food, in our head we have a different list of food based on ingredients, flavors, cuisines, menu sections, or holidays. And creating a list of food starting with the same letter does not occur to a lot of people. Well, today we will change it since you will open a whole new world of food that starts with th. Some of those you have already tried, and some will be completely unknown and perhaps surprising to you. The article will guide you through different food, regions, and flavors.

Food That Starts With Th – Full List

You may be surprised but there is quite a lot of food – salads, berries, herbs, desserts, main dish or soups, starting with th. And it is not only Thai food as you may think. These foods are thumbprint cookies, thyme, Thai fried rice, Thuringian dumplings and sausages, Thermador, and many others.

Here is the list of foods that begin with th: 

  1. Thumbprint cookies; 
  2. Thin mints; 
  3. Thistle; 
  4. Thyme; 
  5. Thimbleberry; 
  6. Thousand island dressing; 
  7. Thuringian dumplings; 
  8. Thuringian sausages; 
  9. Thoshky; 
  10. Three bean salad; 
  11. Thin crust pizza; 
  12.  Thai fried rice; 
  13. Thai green curry; 
  14. Thai rice stir-fry noodles; 
  15. Thieboudienne; 
  16. Thali; 
  17. Thosai; 
  18. Thermador; 
  19. Theeyal; 
  20. Thukpa; 
  21. Thengai sadam; 
  22. Tharid; 
  23.  Thenthuk; 
  24. Thong yip; 
  25.  Thalipeeth; 
  26. Thalassery biryani; 

Thumbprint cookies

The name of cookies says for itself – they are made with thumbs, or rather they are made using a thumb to deepen a hole and fill it in with jam. In Sweden, where cookies originate from, they are called Hallongrotta. Which means raspberry cave. It is a traditional dessert for such holidays as Christmas or Easter.

An easier recipe is hard to imagine. The traditional recipe includes flour, butter, sugar, salt, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Once the dough balls are made you can use your thumb or spoon to make an indentation in each ball to fill later with jam. Thumbprint cookies are also very fast to bake, it takes only around 15 min. So, those cookies are the perfect option for an easy, fast, and tasty dessert.

Thin mints

Thin mints or girl scout cookies are one of the most popular cookies in the world. It is a perfect combination of the sweet taste of chocolate and the fresh taste of mint. The cookies are made with flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, softened butter, white sugar, egg, mint extract, and chocolate. When all ingredients are mixed and the cookies are baked for 15 min, they are covered with chocolate. Those cookies are for sure disappearing from a plate like mad.


If you think that thistle is not edible, you are wrong. If the plant is stripped off the spines, it is quite edible. The plant is native to the European region, North America and Asia. You can eat thistle raw, boiled, or steamed. However, the options are not limited by that. There are quite a few recipes with thistle – thistles au gratin with truffles, thistle soup with chicken, peasant pasta with thistle stalks, vegan greek salad, and even sweet chili thistle.

The most delicious part of the plant is the stalks. They are juicy, crisp, and with a mild flavor. Spiny flowerheads are also tasty if you have enough patience to take away spikes. So do not judge the plant by its appearance and try it out.


Another plant extensively used in cooking is thyme. Thyme has a lemony, earthy, and a bit of mint flavor similar to rosemary or oregano. The plant grows in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean. Ancient Greeks added thyme to bathwater. Thyme is used mainly in meat dishes, soups, stews, and sauces. Besides European cuisine, it is also commonly used in Thai dishes. Also, thyme has a range of health benefits.


If you cannot imagine your life without berries, then you will be glad to discover another berry starting with th – thimbleberry. Native to Northern America and Southern Canada it not only has a sweet taste but also possesses health benefits. Thus, thimbleberries have a high level of Vitamins A and C which can treat scurvy. Tea made from leaves and roots has the property of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting treatment.

Thimbleberries are good to eat raw or in jam. Interestingly, thimbleberry jam contains less sugar than other jams. Also, if the season has already passed, you can enjoy frozen berries. They still have their taste and medical properties.

Thousand island dressing

Thousand island dressing is one of the most popular dressings in the United States. The name of the dressing originates from the chain of islands scattered in the North of New York and Southern Canada on the Saint Lawrence River. And it was first served in the hotels located in that region.

Thousand island dressing is made with mayonnaise, ketchup, tomato puree, olive oil, lemon juice, chili sauce, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika. The dressing goes well with basically everything but is good with salads, burgers, fries, and chicken.

Thuringian dumplings

Thuringian dumplings is another food that starts with th that probably you have never tried. Now it is time to fix it. Thuringian dumplings as one may guess from the name come from the German state Thuringia. It was even recognized as a state dish in 1997 by the state government. Those medium-sized softballs are made with a mix of potato, flour, butter, milk, eggs, and salt and they are often filled with meat. They are especially tasty and fulfilling in the cold winter season.

Thuringian sausages

Another dish starting with th Thuringia is proud of is Thuringian sausages. Moreover, you will never try them outside Germany, since they have protected status under European Union Law. Very often sausages are served alongside the above-mentioned dumplings. Thuringian sausages are made with a selection of meat – beef, pork, or even veal, seasoned with spices and garlic and smoked. With this dish, you have the chance to go back in time, because the first known recipe dates back to 1613.


Seems like we have other dumplings on the list – thoshly. Thoshky is a traditional Czech dish – dumplings filled with cheese or fruits. They are very light and fluffy. Traditionally the fruit is plum, but you can find any fruit you like. Thoshly is usually served as a side dish, snack, or even main dish.

Three bean salad

Three bean salad is called that for good reason – it consists of three different bean types – red kidney beans, wax, and green beans. Usually, beans are dressed with vinegar, olive oil, and a bit of sugar. The salad is extremely healthy since it has almost 20 % of fiber daily norm, which reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. The salad is perfect as a side dish and as a light salad for picnics.

Thin crust pizza

Time for the most popular food in the world – pizza! There is no single recipe for thin crust pizza as it refers to any pizza with very thin dough. Thin crust pizza is also known as pizza Neapolitana since it originates from Naples. The filling can be different, but the secret of pizza lies in the dough. For the dough, you will need dry yeast, white sugar, warm water, flour, and salt. Baking takes only 8-10 min, so in 15 min you can make tasty, warm pizza for dinner.

Thai fried rice

Funny enough, all Thai food starts with th. This time we will talk about Thai fried rice. It is a very rich and tasty dish. Thai fried rice is usually cooked with jasmine rice, chicken or shrimp, onion, garlic, egg, tomatoes, and of course, different seasonings such as salt, soy sauce, or fish sauce. The rice is boiled and then fried with all other ingredients. Thai fried rice is easy, tasty, and with Thai flavors.

Thai green curry

You do not need to go to Thailand to try Thai green curry. All the ingredients are easy to find in local shops. For the dish, you will need green curry paste. You can find it in the shop or make it at home. The Thai green curry recipe includes chicken, snowpeas, curry paste, kaffir lime leaves, sugar, fish sauce, coconut milk, eggplant, sugar, chicken or vegetable broth, Thai basil, and lime juice. First, you need to fry the green paste, then add chicken or vegetable broth, coconut milk, and kaffir lime. Then you add chicken and put it on fire for 10 min. Then put eggplant and snow peas and finish with basil and lime juice. Overall, it takes only 30 min to make Thai green curry.

Thai rice stir-fry noodles

If you are craving noodles, you can try Thai rice stir-fried noodles. The dish is made with fried rice noodles, vegetables, chicken and shrimp, and dark soy sauce – the most standard ingredients in Thailand. The best thing about Thai rice stir-fried noodles is that the main ingredient is rice noodles and sauce (soy sauce, fish sauce), anything else you can add based on your preferences. The secret is rinsing noodles in cold water to prevent them from sticking. All other ingredients of your choice are fried in a wok and then mixed with noodles and sauce. And the delicious meal is ready to be served.


Now we are traveling to Africa to try another food that starts with th. Thieboudienne is a traditional dish of Senegal. The ingredients include fish (fresh or dried), rice, vegetables (carrot, pumpkin, cabbage, eggplant), parsley, tomato paste, onion, garlic, and peppers. The dish is a symbol of hospitality since it is eaten from a large dish with hands, a spoon, or a piece of bread.


Our road leads us to South Asia – India and Nepal. The main ingredients of the dish are rice and dal (thick lentil soup). The dish is served on a big round plate with rice in the middle and small bowls with vegetables, curry, traditional bread, and other sauces. Interestingly, in restaurants the portions are not limited, the waiter will serve you the dish until you are full.


Thosai is a traditional Indian pancake. This dish is not an appetizer, snack, or dessert – it is everything. Thosai can be eaten sweet with sugar, spicy with chili, or savory with potato curry. It can be anything you want. But they are the best when they are fresh and hot. Thosai pancakes are made with rice flour and shredded coconut. Then thosai are served with tea or coffee.


We are going to the beautiful country France with its tasty dish Thermador. Thermador is a style of cooking lobster. Lobster meat is removed from the shell and cut into pieces. Then the meat is stuffed back together with cream sauce and cheese and broiled for up to 10 min. It is easy and extremely delicious.


Theeyal as one may understand from the name originates from India. The main ingredient is roasted coconut which gives that rich brown color to the dish. Other ingredients include shallot onion, tamarind, dried red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black pepper, sugar, salt, and oil. The dish is traditionally served with rice.


Now we are traveling to the mountain region of Tibet and Nepal to try another food that starts with th – thukpa. Thukpa is a thick noodle soup with chicken. It is made with a generous amount of spices and coconut milk. In the bowl of thukpa noodle soup, you will find rice noodles, chicken, carrots, lemon juice, onion, garlic, tomatoes, and different spices. The flavor varies from mild to spicy depending on the number of spices in the soup. Thukpa soup is traditionally served during Tibetan New Year.

Thengai sadam

Thengai sadam or coconut rice originates from Thailand. The dish consists of coconut, rice, spices, and curry leaves. Rice is boiled while other ingredients are fried slightly in a pan. Then served with yogurt and vegetable salad.


Tharid is a traditional Turkish and Arab dish. It is made from bread pieces in vegetable or meat broth. The bread is simply put into the broth and eaten with meat. The dish is especially popular during the holy month of Ramadan. Throughout different countries, the recipe differs. Thus, in Morocco, the meat is layered with thin pastry dough.


Thenthuk is another Tibetan noodle soup. It is the Tibetan version of Nepalese thukpa soup. The distinguishing feature of the soup is dough flat pieces – noodles. They are thrown into the boiling broth. Thenthuk soup can be vegetarian as well as with meat, usually chicken.

Thong yip

Thong yip is one of the traditional Thai desserts. The name means gold and symbolizes prosperity and wealth. Thong yip is made with rice, coconut milk, egg yolks, and jasmine-flavored water. The dessert has a symbolic meaning and usually is served during weddings and other celebrations to wish luck, success, and prosperity. If you happen to go to Thailand, search for a golden star or flower-shaped Thong yip dessert.


Thalipeeth is a spicy flatbread typical of India and other Asian countries. Thalipeeth has quite a lot of ingredients that you would be able to find easily at the local store, but basically, it is a combination of flour and a mix of spices. Thalipeeth is healthier than usual bread due to its high levels of fiber and protein.

Thalassery biryani

The last food that starts with th for today is thalassery biriyani which originates from India. It is another rice dish with chicken and spices, but the specialty of this dish is that it has green chilies, which cannot be found in other biriyani variations.


In this article today we made a mental world tour to get to know different food that starts with th – appetizers, soups, main dishes, and even desserts. Your food wish list for sure was supplemented by a couple of the dishes mentioned in the article. Many dishes are not only rich in flavors and tastes but also with nutritious values and health benefits. But there is so much more to discover in the world. Always stay hungry, not only for food but also for discoveries.

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