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Great Curries of India: How much do you know about them?

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There are perhaps, a very few countries in the world that are as diversified as India is. Culture, population, cuisine, demographics, art – you name it and the country has it. While for Indians, their land remains a half-read book whose mysteries can never be unlocked fully in an entire lifetime, for others it remains a land of wonder. As a foreigner, no matter in which part of the country you set your foot on, you’ll unmistakably find yourself being embraced by the warmth of its people- no matter how diverse their backgrounds are.

The same warmth is exuded by the dishes cooked in Indian homes and restaurants as well. Today, within the scope of this write-up, we will discuss one of the most talked about aspects of Indian cuisines and that is curry.

The versatility of Indian chefs and chefs specializing in Indian dishes is still gauged by the different types of curries he/she can produce. However, it is better to clarify from the very beginning that as against the popular myth that “all Indian dishes contain curries”- it is actually not so. In fact, it is a small part of the “great Indian palate”. Additionally, it is also not true that the curry powder is used in all the Indian dishes. Indian homemakers are experts in creating their own unique spices to add to the appeal of the dishes prepared by them.

A blend of soup consistency and spices, the Indian curry generally presents an assortment of ghee (clarified butter), chickpea flour, different spices and yoghurt. Though it represents only a little fraction of the Indian dishes, the curry can actually represent the diversity of Indian dishes at their best. For instance, while Malay would prepare a curry with bay leaves and coconut milk, someone from Tamil Nadu would include dried spices, fish or meat and vegetables. A Bengali, on the other hand, would present you something with turmeric powder, chilly powder, fish or chicken or mutton, onion paste, ginger paste teamed with or without potatoes.

The chicken curry deserves special mention among the great curries of India as it serves as an unmistakable favorite of Indians- no matter in which part of the world they reside in. The chicken curry blends generally include turmeric, ginger, garlic, pepper, chilies, cinnamon, coriander etc.

As curry is an almost an inseparable part of regular Indian palate, different companies today have come up with the readymade mixes so as to facilitate and hasten up the entire process of elaborate cooking. One of the names that definitely has made a mark in this regard is Food Solution India Limited. Their brand, Karamat has made its way to a number of Indian kitchens with products like different soup mixes, pastes, mixes in its offing.

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