If you’re looking for something different yet familiar at the same time, I advise you to try Indian food. This is because the Indian Cuisine encompasses many different types of food from various regions of India and it uses many different spices. You might be surprised just how many spices go into one dish in India. You might be able to smell a spice familiar to you, such as ginger, and then be blown away by multiple flows of striking flavors such as turmeric, cardamon, and clove. Although there are many different kinds of dishes from India that are famous, curry is probably the most well-known and most loved dish among Indian food. It’s also famous for having many different ‘forms’. So how was today’s curry created?
<Origin of Curry>
Well, according to BBC foods, the word curry first originated from the “Tamil word kari, or spiced sauce, which was originally a thin, soup-like, spiced dressing served in southern India, amongst many other stew-like dressings for meat and vegetables.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/0/24432750)
Since India has a giant landmass, each sector of India developed a different style of curry, resulting in multiple and diverse recipes for the dish.
Modern curry can be characterized as either one of the two big types of curry: western and eastern curry. The biggest factor that caused this change was world trade. Western curry started it’s journey to fame in Britain. It was first served at an English tea house, where it was very popular. What started off as a sauce poured over rice gradually evolved into an English type stew with a small amount of rice. It became well known and was served in many different countries. This curry has a soothing flavor and a silky texture.
The second type of curry, eastern curry, was developed in India after chili peppers, originally only available in the Americas, were available in India as well. This curry may be an ‘iconic’ curry. It is hot, has chunks of meat and is often eaten with naan, an Indian style flatbread. Some examples of this eastern curry include Thai curry, Japanese curry and obviously Indian curry.
Curry has gone through many stages of evolution. Some say there are more than 1 million types of curries out there in the world. Next time you taste the dish, you might want to appreciate just how historical the food is.