Curry - a healthy spice mixture

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It actually exists, the curry tree (Murraya koenigii), whose leaves are a compulsory ingredient to almost all curry dishes. However, this spice has nothing to do with the well-known curry, as this is not an independent spice, but a spice mixture.

Curry: A relic from the colonial era

The word "curry" and the curry powder are an English invention. The word "curry" originated in India during the colonial era, because "kaari" or "kaaree" is used to describe sauce dishes and stews with vegetables and rice.

In India, the various spice blends are used to prepare the curry "Masala" (= Mixture) called. The Indian curry dishes get their name from a combination of the main ingredient and the masala (for example Chicken Masala).

In the UK curry became a standardized spice powder, which was adapted to the European taste. The curry powder used since then, however, find no use in Indian cuisine, but are made in India only for export.

Sweet, spicy, mild or spicy: the art of curry mixing

In total, up to 36 different spices can be used in the curry. An important component of the curry blend is the turmeric root, which also gives the curry the intense yellow color. Other ingredients include:

  • mustard seeds
  • Fenugreek
  • ginger
  • cardamom
  • red or black pepper
  • coriander
  • cumin
  • cloves
  • Chilis
  • cinnamon
  • pimento
  • mace
  • calamus
  • celery seed
  • laurel

The Indian curries are regionally different in each household freshly put together. For this, the spices are usually roasted and then minced in a mortar or in the mill. The variety of these spice blends is extremely varied, and it is recommended for the creative chef of European cuisine to feel these taste experiences even once by the production of their own curry spice mixtures.

Curry: enjoy healthy

Curry not only serves as a tasty spice, it also has a positive effect on your health. So is the regular enjoyment of curry among others:

  • Prevent civilization diseases
  • Inhibit inflammation
  • stabilize the cholesterol level
  • have a positive effect on diabetes

Even cancer patients should not underestimate the healthy effects of Curry. The curry ingredient turmeric weakens the cancer cells and thus inhibits tumor growth. At the same time, healthy cells are strengthened and diseases are prevented.

Studies have also shown initial promise in using curry for diseases such as Alzheimer's or Kennedy's disease.

Dishes with curry - not everything is healthy

Curry's positive qualities, however, do not justify the regular enjoyment of Currywurst and Co. Instead of such fat foods, low-fat pasta sauces with curry or Thai curry dishes with vegetables and rice are much better suited to benefit from the spice's healthy effects.

5 facts about curry - © istockphoto, alicjane

Thai and Japanese curries

In Thailand, the curry dishes are called "Gaeng" or "Kaeng". They are usually dishes with lots of liquid, whose sauce is based on coconut milk. In contrast to the mostly powdered Indian curry, the ingredients in Thailand are rather put together in pastes.

Curry is also very popular in Japan, where it is considered a Western dish since it only reached India via the British from India. The spice mixture is sold there as a block in three Schärfestufen. They are usually served with rice as a "kare raisu" (curry rice).

Make curry yourself

Dare to mix your own curry yourself. The spice mixtures have an appetizing effect. However, since their flavor vanishes at the latest after half a year, you should not invest too large stocks.

If you want to achieve a particularly strong yellowing of your curry sauce, add a little saffron or turmeric. Because if you use too much curry powder, the curry sauce is not yellow, but bitter!

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