What is Curry? Is it a Indian Word?
Some curry powder ingredients are: black pepper, bay leaf, red chilli, cloves, coriander, fenugreek, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, ginger, turmeric, mace and nutmeg. It may have become the symbolic British word for Indian dishes that could be eaten with rice. In India curry means gravy. Many believe curry to be an Indian spice, which is actually a blend of spices (mainly garam masala) mixed with coriander powder, chili powder and turmeric. These dishes are cooked in steps with the following seasonings which are called masalas:
- A base of spices sauteed in ghee or oil.
- Herbs and seasonings like bay leaves, Cumin, curry leaves or fenugreek may also be added.
- Secondary levels of seasonings are added and include all or some of the following-a mixture of onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes.
- A third level may include coconut milk, poppy paste, almonds, cashews or cream (which are the thickening agents).
All curries have hot and sour taste which may be achieved by red or green chilli powder or paste, black pepper, lime juice, tamarind, mango powder, kokum, pomegranate seeds or yogurt.
There is a plant, however, that has leaves called curry leaves or in Hindi, meethi neem or kadhi leaves. They look like small lemon leaves and grow wild in most forest regions, and are grown in the kitchen gardens of India. It may also be used as a seasoning.