scientists cannot agree over the subject "curry". Where does it come from,
what are the main ingredients, and so on. Most think it originates in
India, but is now part of the menu in many
countries like Malaysia,
Bangladesh. The Thai insist, however,
that their curry is totally different from the other curries.
The curry has been imported into Europe
by the British colonialist and consequently
shipped onwards to the United States. Nowadays,
curry is popular all over the world. The preparation has changed also over
time. When I was a young girl, if someone prepared curry (which was quite
exotic back then) it would be a stew of chicken breast cubes, curry powder
and raisins. Nowadays, it is moving towards a stir fry with vegetables,
fish and or/meat and fresh spices. Sometimes, coconut milk is used, and
also fresh herbs like coriander. Even the turmeric (the ingredient, which
makes curry powder yellow) you
can find fresh from time to time. Actually, Thai recognize the curry as
part of their menu, but Indians and Bangladeshi deny, that it is something
they would ever eat. According to them, it is an invention of the British,
who just put meat, a spice mixture and
something wet, and then say it is curry. My own impression is, that they
do eat something that looks like my curries, but give it a different name
sometimes. But indeed, the first versions of curry did not look remotely
like what is eaten in India or Bangladesh.
The word curry is said to come
from "Kari", which means "secondary dish" (next to rice) in Tamil. The
curry may contain curry powder, but also other spice mixtures are possible,
like korma or garam masala.
The recipes on this page may not be named "curry" by all cooks, as the definition
appears to be hazy. But whatever their name may be, they taste delicious.
The recipes come from nine different countries, namely