The history of the word curry
In their search for pepper and other spices, the Portuguese conquered Indian Goa in 1498. They soon caught the words that sounded like khari or caril referring to a kind of sauce that could be spicy as well as not spicy. When the Spaniards took over the power, the word was corrupted into the current curry. But it would take a long time before the curry as we know it now also became known in Europe.
Strangely enough, the invention of curry .is assigned to the English who took over power after the Spaniards. Even though curry, or what we now call curry, had been a traditional Indian dish for centuries, the English are said to have invented it. This is probably because English Hannah Glasse was the first to include curry in her cookbook in 1747.
How many types of curry are there?
Curry is a collective term for all sauces that are made from a powder that consists of at least several basic ingredients. Almost every curry contains coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, cumin and chili peppers. But because you can supplement this with spices as you see fit, there are as many curries as there are chefs. Raghavan Iyer wrote a book in 2008 called 660 Curries.
What are the most famous curry dishes?
The most famous curry dishes come from India, Thailand and Japan are green, orange, or yellow and are eaten with rice. The 4 most famous dishes are:
- Chicken Curry
- Pigs Curry
- Turkey Curry
- Vegetarian Curry
Because here, too, the cook and the region where it is prepared are essential for how the dish tastes, there is an infinite number of variants of the above four popular dishes.
Is curry healthy for everyone?
Provided you don't eat too many of it; the basic ingredients are very healthy as long as they are fresh. Below are the positive effects attributed to the basic ingredients of curry.
Chili peppers contain capsaicin. This is a substance that has a blood pressure-lowering effect. It also releases endorphins, making you feel happier. Capsaicin also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cumin is an antibacterial and antioxidant that promotes detoxification.
Coriander seeds and cinnamon help to lower blood sugar levels
Turmeric has an anti-inflammatory effect on muscles, tendons, and joints.
Cumin improves digestion and reduces the risk of food-borne infections
Fenugreek has a positive effect on testosterone levels and blood sugar levels.
Often also added is:
- Garlic lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels and fight against viruses.
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