What is a Curry ?

What is a Curry ?

Fascinating for me that not everyone knows what a Balti or Chicken Tikka Masala is or Butter Chicken or Beef Vindaloo is ! I suppose thats because in my youth when I finished working in one of the Local Bars or Clubs all of the staff were then off for their down time . And more often than not this would end up in an Indian restaurant having a curry. Another big factor is that I come from an area in the UK where the Balti originated from.

So lets find out more .

What is a curry ?

What is your take on what is a curry  ?  In fact I would love to know as this would really help me find out what different people from around the world know about Curry. So please mail me or PM me or put a comment on my site to let me know.

Mine understanding was some meat or poultry and a few spices thrown together and cooked in a large sauce pan…..cos basically thats what I’ve usually been given. But when our ancestors started to make them Saucepans were few and far between. However the basics are there ….A curry is a dish made with meat or vegatables cooked in an Indian sauce with spices. Vague I know and probably what you expected but as you will see in future posts that a Curry is not always Indian and not always Hot !

How Old Is It ?

There is no real definative date or recordings of when the first ever Curry was made or invented however there has been archaeological evidence that Mortar and pestles were found in the 2600BCE making it approximately 5000 years old ! Blimey thats old !

Where is it From ?

The obvious answer is India and again going back to the pestle and mortar theory that was discovered in the province of Sindh in Pakistan on a site called Mohenjo- Daro meaning Mound of the Dead men (You wouldn’t want to be born THERE as a male thats for sure ! ) This was called the Indus Valley Civilisation and believed to have been one of the Worlds earliest cities.

What about NOW ?

Today Curries are made in most countries throughout the world and many of the popular dishes in the UK and Europe are not heard of in India and Asia as they had been specifically designed for the not so brave ……in other words they are extremely hot in Indian and Asia . In India alone there are hundreds of recipes and variations of these recipes not just your average Chicken Korma or Beef Madras or King Prawn Phaal. You find curries like Bunjai Goat ,Achari Chicken ,Saoli Chicken Curry ,Kadai Paneer,Chicken 65 ,Kerala Prawn,Pork Balchao to name just a few.

Some of the new upper market restaurants have even taken Curries to a totally different level. Producing dishes even at Michelin Star level.Indian cuisine offering Rabbit,Seabass Scallops and Crab cooked in all different ways but unless you want to spend lots of time and Money on specialist equipment and the finest produce its best left to the chosen few.

Conclusion

So from humble beginnings using just some firewood or stones to cook on to the latest Steamers and Tandori Ovens our journey from the beginning starts right here.

A total new insight to preparing,cooking or just tasting curries is here for you,your family and friends to enjoy .

Welcome to your beginning of LOVE YOUR CURRY.COM

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    Stefania

    Wow, I love Indian food, but didn’t know this about curry. I first tried something like this 2 years ago and loved it, even though it was a bit spicy. Since then, I try to find curry everywhere! Didn’t know it was originated from Pakistan!
    Thank you so much for the great article!

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      admin

      Hi Stefania you should try and cook some as you can adjust the spice to your liking and you will just be amazed at some of the flavours you will find. Thank you for your feedback and good luck in 2019

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    Britney

    Hi! I love that you talked about the history of curry and where it originated from. This is very interesting because it explains how other countries have started making curry. It is such a diverse food that has many different versions in different parts of the world.

    Thanks for sharing!

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      admin

      Thanks for your feedback Britney much appreciated

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    Rachel

    Hi Sean, this is a very interesting post you have here. I’ve always heard of curry but didn’t know what they were. honestly I thought they were some sort of spices. I’m surprised to learn that it’s an entire dish. This is very informative. Thank you

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      admin

      You’re welcome Rachel if you like cooking then its always worth trying one as you’ll be amazed at the different flavours you can create . Thanks for your feedback wishing you a prosperous and Healthy 2019

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    Ava

    This was so interesting- I never knew curry had such a long history. Thanks for sharing!

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      admin

      Thanks Ava I with you all the best for 2019

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    Mira

    Hey !

    Thanks for this info! I didn’t know most of these facts about curry.

    I haven’t use curry in my food for a while, I will definitely use it soon 🙂

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      admin

      Thanks Mira its also very good for your health especially the spices like turmeric and also garlic and ginger great for your body…Thanks for your feedback.

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    Luka

    Hi Sean,
    very interesting article about Curry! I like this spice but till now I didn`t know so many facts about it, I just knew that it is from India and that it has some special taste.
    People should discover in which food it will be good to add curry, I think there are many options. I added it once in a pasta anb believe it or not it was good 🙂
    Thanks for sharing with us!

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      admin

      Thanks for your feedback much appreciated

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    Braden

    What a great site! I don’t get the chance where I live to eat curry very often, so now I can get in my own kitchen and start testing out the recipes. Thanks so much.

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      admin

      You’re welcome braden I’ll be adding a few more recipes on over the next few days I hope you’ll enjoy them. Thanks for your feedback

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    Nate

    This is really useful. My only experience with curry was made by someone from India…it was HOT!!! I haven’t tried it again, but am now convinced they will have some more my temperature. I will try it again.
    Cheers!

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      admin

      Cheers Nate . When you’re out next time having a curry just ask them to turn the chilli heat down as if they are cooking it fresh its easy for them to do…I started on the mildest of the mild and worked my way up. Thank you for the feedback

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    Amanda Blaine

    I guess I’ve been very misinformed. The first time I had curry I went on a sail boat for the first time. It was curry soup and I assumed that it was just a spice, I really had no idea it was made from vegetables or even meats. I like the taste in moderation but I find it hard to eat if its too over powering.

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      admin

      Thanks for the reply fortunately you will see how you can really have mild curries like Korma and then build up to the hotter ones like Dhansak or Bhuna if you like them .

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