Where does the curry come from?
What is curry?
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Curry powder vs. curry dish
On the one hand there can be talk of curry powder and on the other hand of the dish.
The curry powder has its origin in India and is known as Garam Masala in Indian cuisine. The classic English curry powder is also a well-known and popular spice mixture in this country, but it always consists of different components, mostly Indian spices. Often the mixture consists of between 4-10 spices. Curry can also consist of up to 36 components. The best-known spices are, for example, coriander, cayenne and black pepper, ginger, fenugreek and turmeric. The last three spices are often responsible for the conspicuous yellow color of the spice mixture.
Curry as a dish
The dish has less to do with the curry powder, it is often not even an ingredient. The curry is an English term and is derived from the Indian "Kari". Kari means something like "stew" and is refined from vegetables, fish or meat and a creamy sauce made from a variety of spices, mostly in the form of a curry paste.
Curry is a versatile dish! There are English curriesthat are prepared with particularly mild curry powder or Nonya currieswhich are traditionally prepared in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. In this country they are a little better known and more popular Indian and Thai curries.
Curry dish: Thai curry
In Thailand every cook has his own recipe. What most curries have in common is the spice base of a curry paste and coconut milk. The degree of spiciness and aroma depend heavily on the selection of your curry paste and fresh ingredients.
Degree of sharpness
The classic Thai curry dishes are reminiscent of the colors of a traffic light: red, yellow and green. The green curry is the hottest and the yellow the mildest. In between are the red curry as well as the masaman and panang curry.
The flavors of Thai curry pastes are based on spices such as chilli, lemongrass, garlic, galangal and salt. There are also individual spices.
Curry dish: Indian curry
There is also no uniform recipe for Indian curries. As with Thai curries, the spice base has a lot in common. In addition to coconut milk and a curry paste, chopped tomatoes and yoghurt are often used as a base.
Degree of sharpness
No Indian curry paste is that really mild. Korma, Butter Chicken and Madras are among the most famous Indian curries and have a very spicy aroma. Jalfrezi and Vindaloo are the two hottest varieties.
Most Indian curry pastes are based on tomato paste, onions, ginger and various spices for the individual flavor.
Curry leaves and curry herb
Curry leaves are the dark green and oval leaves of the curry tree. They have nothing to do with curry pastes or curry powder, but are also mostly used in Asian cuisine for cooking - also for the curry dish. In addition, curry leaves should not be confused with the native curry herb
The curry herb, also known as Italian strawflower or curry shrub, is mainly found in southern Europe. The herb lives up to its name, because its smell and taste are very reminiscent of curry. However, it is not a typical component of the spice mix or pastes.
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