The sheer variety of curries from the Indian subcontinent is amazing. All kinds of curries provide the depths of flavour that foodies want. The very idea of the curry has undergone a metamorphosis while spreading across the globe. The spices that are used to create that perfect curry dish all have their origins on the sub-continent – but regional variations provide that extra spice.
So what is about curry that makes it the perfect dish?
So where does curry come from? An examination of the curry leaf tree (Murraya Koenigii) would be instructive. This plant belongs to a family called Rutaceae and is used in South Indian cuisine. However, what we now know as global Indian cuisine – and curry – is the result of conquest and trade. In fact, the very word ‘curry’ was an invention of the British Empire – and its long reach across its colonies. But, be that as it may – curry is now a global phenomenon.
The first ‘curry house’ opened in Britain in 1810. The first British recipe appeared in a cookery book called ‘ To Make a Curry the India Way’. It featured such mainstays as coriander and black pepper, but later editions included turmeric and ginger. Sound familiar?
So how does one make a curry?
The process and ingredients of making the perfect curry can be almost as varied as the countries where it is now prepared. From the curry houses of London to the Cape Malay curries of Cape Town, South Africa there is today not one authoritative recipe. However, there are some basic spices that allow the taste to shine through. Turmeric – giving that wonderful aroma and hue to all kinds of curry. Cumin and coriander, ginger and cardamom all combine to provide that essential foundation.
Curry, no matter how mild or fiery, is best consumed with some sides. Naan bread is essential. Rice (of many different types) is the perfect platform to explore the nature of the spices you are using. Daal is perfect. Lime pickle and chutney provide a great counterpoint when served with all kinds of curry. A yogurt-based accompaniment is an absolute must for some of the more fiery variants of curry.
So how do you start on your curry journey?
There’s no set way to enjoy curry, but one thing is for sure; Southeast Asia is one of the best regions on the globe in which to find your perfect curry. There are variants from Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, China and Korea, as well as wonderful snacks like samosas and other treats. It’s a cuisine that is yours to explore.
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