Fine Indian Food
The Magnificent Seven – Curry Facts & Myths!
The internet is a wonderful tool, as we all know. Here are seven interesting facts and myths about curry that I have come across in my googling.
1. The earliest known curry is believed to have been made in Mesopotamia in around 1700BC.
2. The word ‘curry’ is thought to have derived from the Tamil word ‘kari’ meaning spiced sauce.
3. Korma is probably the most misunderstood curry in the world. The word means slow cooked or braised rather than the British understanding of it as a mild curry. Indeed, it can be very mild or fierily hot, depending on the ingredients used.
4. Chilli is recognised as the most popular spice in the world. It is especially revered for its medicinal uses. It helps combat strokes and heart attacks and is known to increase the time needed for blood to coagulate, thus helping prevent blood clots.
5. There are more than 9,000 Indian curry restaurants in the UK employing over 70,000 staff. London actually has more Indian restaurants than Bombay and Delhi combined.
6. Two-thirds of all take away meals in the UK are Indian making the industry worth an estimated £3.2 billion per year.
7. ‘Curry’ hasn’t always been applied to food. Originally it described a way of preparing leather or parts of an animal slaughtered in a hunt that were given to the hounds.
All fascinating stuff to whet your appetite I’m sure you’ll agree!