Curry is a sauce seasoned with spices that are mainly associated with South Asian cuisine. The herbs commonly include turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, and chili pepper. In the southern side of India, leaves from the curry tree are popular. There are many varieties of curry.
Curry Spice Levels
What you might think of as mild to medium spice is one of three levels of spice — spicy, medium, and very mild. Spicy foods are preferred for people who are familiar with the people in India. These people can tolerate the spice level.
Some types of vegetables are usually very spicy; others are generally mild. Some types of food may be spicy if the spice level is too much for a particular palate. Read out list below to know the different kind of curries from milk to hot.
What Does Curry Taste Like?
Curry tastes just like it smells, spicy and potent. Most Americans imagine a curry to taste like a blend of chili pepper and garam masala. However, there are different flavors of curry. With uniqueness being a characteristic, curry can truly impress the guests.
The Secret To Making Great Curry
Curry is a tasty and nourishing meal. Curry uses several different ingredients such as onions, sweetcorn, spinach, potatoes, and chickpeas. Still, you can always add more if you prefer. A good curry is flavourful and served with lovely dahl, rice, or naan bread, adding even more goodness.
What Is Dahl?
Dahl is an Indian lentil dish and is often paired with curries. It is usually served with curries as a side dish and is highly nutritious. Dahl contains reasonable amounts of protein, calcium and contains vitamin A and vitamin C. However, curries are also high in calories and fat, so make sure you monitor the portions. You can eat the dahl with your curry, as a separate dish, or just alongside if you want a bit more flavor.
Homemade Curry Recipe
You can have a balanced meal with a tasty salad that doesn’t compromise on your favorite foods. Learn our homemade curry recipe to really find the taste that fits your tastebuds.
Here is our recipe for basic spinach and chicken salad:
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- A handful of fresh rocket
- A handful of mint leave
- A handful of coriander leaves
- 1 red onion, sliced thinly
- 1 red pepper, sliced thinly
- 150g of low-fat chopped chicken
- 50g of low-fat crumbled feta cheese
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss together to combine.
Serve and enjoy!
Curry Seasoning vs. Curry Powder
While curry powder is an option for those who want to add a kick to their favorite curries, its popularity comes with several health worries. Miles Hartley, the founder of Healthspan, said: “We all know that adding curry powder to a dish does add a nice flavor. What you don’t know is how much of a negative impact it can have on your health, especially when it’s so easy to go overboard and eat too much in one go.”
Recent research has suggested that you can boost the enzymes in your blood by over-frying your curry. Eating too many calories is linked to heart disease. Plus, there is evidence that a high-fat curry can cause indigestion and even make you feel sick. Hartley continues, “Thankfully, there are plenty of delicious, health-conscious ways to eat a curry.”
- 1 cup brown rice rinsed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1¼ tbsp ginger grated
- 1 cup onion chopped
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 red bell pepper sliced into strips
- 1 orange bell pepper sliced into strips
- 1 cup carrots sliced
- 2 tbsp curry paste
- 14 oz coconut milk
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups kale sliced
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp lime juice
- ¼ cup basil fresh
- Bring a large pot of water to boil, add rice and boil for 25 minutes.
- Turn off heat. Remove rice and drain, return to pot and cover for 15 minutes.
- On medium heat, use a deep skillet and add oil once it's hot. Add onion and salt, stir, for 3 minutes.
- Add ginger and garlic, cook until fragrant. Add in bell peppers, carrots, and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add in curry paste and stir / cook for 3 minutes.
- Add the coconut milk, water, kale and sugar. Stir to combine and bring the skillet to a simmer on medium heat. Cook for 7 minutes, stir occasionally.
- Remove from heat and season with soy sauce and lime juice. Add salt, and more seasonings to taste.
- Serve curry in bowls and serve rice. Garnish to your liking.
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