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 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 !
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 !
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.
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.
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 .
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