Curry in Indian Cuisine

by sheilamarie

Curry is a mixture of spices used in Indian cooking and in many other recipes. Come see how curries are made from the raw ingredients. Find some recipes in which you can use curry.

Indian food cannot be imagined without the sweet, spicy flavor of curry. Curry as an ingredient also finds its way into many other world cuisines.

Curries are made from a combination of ingredients. Each addition offers its distinctive character to the final mixture.

This article will take you on an exotic tour to discover the origins of that very special flavor that is curry.

Indian Cuisine Is Unthinkable Without Curry

Spice Mixture

Whenever I think of Indian cuisine, the first thing that comes to mind is that savory combination of spices we call curry. Although many of us purchase a little spice bottle with the label "curry powder" and stick it into the cupboard where it can sit for months or even years without being used, any self respecting Indian cook would look aghast at sprinkling such a stale mixture into a freshly prepared combination of vegetables with or without meat. Some of these videos I have added to this article show what exactly curry powder is made from and how to ensure that the curry powder you use is as fresh as can be. You will see people preparing the mixture in an Indian spice factory and pressure sealing it so that it comes to us with its flavors intact. You will also see Indian chefs preparing their own curry mixtures that they then add to their flavorful dishes. You will be delighted to learn some new recipes along the way. Come along with me into the wonderful world of Indian culinary delights. 

Spice Factory

Pune, India

Do You Make Recipes Using Curry Powder?

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Yes, I love curried dishes!
AngelaJohnson on 10/14/2014

I love curry dishes in restaurants, but haven't made my own.

MikeRobbers on 07/03/2013

I do but mostly use it in chicken dishes.

ologsinquito on 06/05/2013

Yes, I use curry at least once a week.

jan111 on 04/26/2013

Indian cookery is one of my favourites. When I've time, I create dishes from scratch - otherwise I'm afraid I use a jar of sauce.

Tolovaj on 02/11/2013

Most of my dished with chicken are made with curry powder.

The Spice Factory

An Inside Look

In the Indian Spice Factory

I found this tour of a spice factory in India fascinating. Working with the colors and the fragrances of the spices must be a very sensual experience. The next videos focus more on the eating side of things. Grinding your own spices -- which some of us may find daunting -- and using the spices in recipes are shown in these videos. You will be led on these culinary journeys with some interesting guides. Ready to come along?

Chicken Biryani

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Spices Are Beautiful, Too

How to Make a Curry Powder Recipe

Making Garam Masala Spice Blend

With Whole Spices

Spices on Spoons

Ready for the Grinder
Epices at Cuilleres
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Show Me the Curry

Indian Cooking Show

Although I've only recently discovered this Indian cooking duo, I find them delightful to watch. They are lovely and interesting. They would be fun to spend time with in the kitchen or even just at a social event. Most importantly, they are wonderful cooks and they inspire confidence in the viewer that, yes, Indian cooking is something we can tackle. It requires many ingredients we already have at hand. For those ingredients that appear to a European or North American audience as exotic, such as banana leaves, these two ladies offer alternate options. They also emphasize the importance of using fresh spices, the lack of which is probably the main reason so many of us who attempt cooking Indian dishes end up with lacklustre results. I have included a video of their cooking show and have also added links to some of their recipes that you can print out and use.

Steamed Coconut Fish

Recipes from Show Me the Curry

Steamed Coconut Fish
The printed recipe from the video. You can link to many other recipes from this page, too.

Soup Recipes from Show Me the Curry
A list of delicious, comforting, homey soups from which you can choose your favorite.

Delicious Curry Recipes
From Show Me the Curry

Daals and Bean Recipes
Another scrumptious list of recipes.

Pickels and Chutneys
A little pizazz for your meals.

Chicken Curry Recipe

with Coconut -- Here's Another Easy-to-Prepare Recipe

Thanks for Coming on My Journey of Indian Cuisine

I Hope You've Enjoyed the Ride

These recipes make me eager to get into the kitchen and start chopping. I'm thinking of trying to grind a few spices in my kitchen, too. How about you? Have you been inspired to try one of these recipes at home? Please leave me a message below to share your thoughts and experiences with Indian cooking.

Updated: 06/06/2013, sheilamarie
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sheilamarie on 01/02/2015

@katiem2 I add it freely to many of my dishes, too, Katie, for health reasons and because I just like the taste.

katiem2 on 01/02/2015

I infuse and include curry into my Scottish and American dishes because it is delicious and amazing for the brain. Great to learn more about its original intent.

sheilamarie on 11/03/2014

I hope you do. Curry adds a nice variety to cooking.

AngelaJohnson on 10/14/2014

I experiment with a lot of types of cooking, but have neglected curry. I'll have to remedy that.

sheilamarie on 09/26/2013

Experimenting is part of the fun of cooking, at least for me.

Rose on 09/25/2013

I love Indian food. You need to experiment with the spices to find the mix that works best for you though.

sheilamarie on 07/03/2013

Yes, I love cooking with curry.

MikeRobbers on 07/03/2013

Great and informative article and some nice suggested dishes with curry.

sheilamarie on 06/06/2013

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it, ologsinquito!

ologsinquito on 06/05/2013

What a great page!

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