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Curry, Curry, Curry

Updated on June 16, 2011

What is Curry?

Curry, as it is known in the west, is generally taken from the South Indian word khari which is a gravy or sauce served as a side dish with meats or veggie in accompaniment of a main dish. It usually contains some variation of spices including Coriander, Turmeric, Cumin, Fenugreek and Red Pepper. Variations of these spice combination's can be found in most Asian cuisines to varying degrees as Curry sauces and/or rubs.

Curry itself is from the Curry Tree which has highly aromatic leaves, used much like the bay leaf in the west, aromatic flowers and berries. All are edible, though the berry seeds are poisonous.

Curry Spices

Indian Curry Dishes with links

There is so much you can do with the generic "Curry" spice assortment that it is hard to get a real grasp on it until you break it down by the region, so let's work within the Indian, and originating, culture.

Here are a few recipe links for traditional curry dishes I found sprinkled on the web that I have made and were really awesome. There will always be differences if you look into specific regions within India but these seem to be pretty typical all around dishes.

Sauces-

Chicken-

Lamb-

Vegetables-

India has a lot of different vegetable dishes and variations of vegetable dishes. Try some of these for a bit of a change from the norm. Great for you vegetarians and vegans out there.

Fish Curries-

I absolutely love the variety of fish dishes form India and how well Curry can go with fish.


The Spices of Curry

As you can see from the recipes above, the variety of spices go way beyond just Curry leaves, Cumin and turmeric. You'll find Tamarind, Ginger, lemon grass, Cinnamon, Gram masala and various chili's and levels of spiciness. These will vary depending on region but you should try all of them!

Heres a list of the variety of spices classically used in Indian Curries:

  • Cumin-Earthy and nutty flavor
  • Turmeric-Earthy somewhat mustardy and deep yellow color
  • Tamarind-Sour flavor used in place of tomatoes in Southern India
  • Chilies-Fresh/dried/Powdered (Cayenne Pepper)
  • Cardamom-Very strong flavor (used in Chai)
  • Cinnamon-Sweet, distinct and pleasing flavor
  • Clove-sweet, pleasing flavor
  • Ginger-sweet and spicy
  • Fenugreek-strong, bitter taste
  • Garlic
  • Pepper
  • Nutmeg-Sweet pleasing flavor
  • Mustard seed

The blend of these spices is what makes each regions version and each cultures versions so varied. Most of us have some of these in our pantry, get the stuff you don't have and give Curry a whirl!

Curry Video

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    • sabrebIade profile image

      sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Curry is also a great cancer fighter according to research.

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      jestone 7 years ago from America!

      Thanks Wingedcetaur, I wish I could get a cooking show too, that'd be awesome.

      J

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      William Thomas 7 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

      Good Day jestone

      I voted this piece up for awesome! I"ve always liked Indian food myself, and found your hub mouth-watering both figuratively and literally! You should have your own cooking show.

      Well done and good luck on your 'hubmob' go around!

      As tonymac04 would say....

      Love and Peace!

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      Loren's Gem 7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Very informative! I only knew chicken curry before reading this hub. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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      jestone 7 years ago from America!

      Thank you Internetwriter62 I learned a lot that I did not know about curry myself.

      J

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      Internetwriter62 7 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      That is fascinating, I didn't know much about curry. I like curry chicken very much. It is a spice I have use in some of my cooking and yes it does make food come alive. Excellent hub, rated it up.