Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Indian curry

It is an enlightening experience for me to find out what Westerners and other Asians think about the Indian curry. For the uninitiated, Indian curry is just anything that an Indian (me in this case) eats in her meal- which may be even fried rice/ pulao! For some who know a little more, know that curry is liquid in form. And those who know a little further, know that it is yellow in colour.

So everyday during lunch when I take out my lunch box, the first question that is thrown to me with immense excitement is: "Is that curry?" with all the hopes of the guess being correct. To be honest, now I am myself not sure of what Indian curry actually is. I describe it as something liquid that looks yellow because of a particular spice called "turmeric" and is made of curd/yoghurt. This is the basic version and it can be made more intricate by adding other stuff like dumplines (pakore)/ potatoes/ onions/ beans/ pulses/ vegetables. I know this definition can be refuted by Indians also as different cultures in India have different ways of cooking curry.

But whatever it is, they all love seeing, talking and eating Indian curry- depending on whatever they define it to be!!!

7 comments:

Ashen Glow said...

Pulauv with the good ol curry yeah... Yum...

If one starts counting the myriad kinds of curries made in India, the list would easily run into millions... Just a dash of a new spice, add a new ingredient, and poof!.. there sits a new curry in front of you... The pleasure of being an Indian.. Sigh!!! :)

So.. the bong mai meets the mallu mai.. and together they cook the most delicious blog curry ever made... Right?.. Heh

p.s.: i assumed the bong roots.. sorry if thats a folly!

Niedhie said...

Hey! I was left wondering as to what made you guess the bong roots!!! Yes I have spent my toddling and schooling days in West Bengal :-)

Cool indeed! I am sure the most delicious curry is on its way!!!

Ashen Glow said...

:) The bong assumption? Read your posts.. a conversation with a friend in bangla... thats how..
Way to go dudette!

Niedhie said...

Right... I see :-)

Cheers!!

Ashish Gupta said...

Watery, little spicy, and at its best when hot--like not-so-viscous soup. Amazingly soothing in winters! Myriad of tastes depending on amount/kind of spices.

I've been thinking of making it since a week! Now that the maid is on leave and you've tempted me enough to think of its taste so accurately, I think I am having it tonight itself :) Thanks.

Niedhie said...

Hey Ashish!! Thanks for dropping in...

I am sure you must have had a great curry??!! :-)

Uta said...

Great work.