When you get the chance to tour around Asia, chicken curry is mostly served in many restaurants. In fact, this tasty spicy dish comes in many variants with different cookery style. But you can not miss its distinct aroma and that addictive hot and spicy burning sensation. From Vietnamese to Indian cuisine, chicken curry can be found in the menu. So which country brought it into its existence first?
Somewhere In Asia
Many would testify that curry originally came from India. But some would say that it came from Northern America, but others would claim that it was from South America specifically, Trinidad and Tobago.
Concerning the Indian origin, before it was made into a delicious chicken curry, the ingredients of this mixture were used as Ayurverdic medicine, a traditional form of medicine by Hindu. The Ayurverdic medicine is akin to alternative medicine that uses herbs and other spices.
The word curry is simply the English term of the process of seasoning the meat with different spices. In India, it was termed as Garam Masala. The powder in Tamil is called sambar, but the word curry has its counterpart in Tamil which is termed as kari, that means to sauce.
From those part of Asia (India and Sri Lanka), the chicken curry was spread all over Europe.
The Usual Concoction
The curry in the chicken curry dish is a mixture of herbs and spices. The basic spice is the turmeric. Other herbs and spices that are combined with the turmeric are the cayenne, coriander, fenugreek, and pepper. The mixture depends on the people.
What is usually available in the market is the curry powder. This powder is what is commonly in cooking chicken curry. But a curry paste is also made available in some countries.
The Variants of The Dish
The chicken curry comes in different cooking style. The curry powder itself has been added with other spices like clove, ginger, nutmeg, caraway, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, cardamom (black and green), and many more. Others would add cinnamon in the concoction.
Instead of chicken, others would use other meat like duck meat, pork, goat meat, and even Tofu. Aside from the combination of the meat and the sauce, some would include vegetables like eggplant, green beans, cauliflower, and others. Regardless with what is added in the curry dish, people learn to love this dish and would always crave for more.