Universal Curry the Most Popular Seasoning over the Globe
Curryis the most popular and universal seasoning in the world. Meat, fish, vegetable or any other dish will only benefit when curry is used. In fact, this is a mixture of different spices and seasonings based on curcuma (turmeric), which originated from India. Throughout the country, they make a curry blend of spices from fresh ingredients, but outside India, curry contains only dry components.
Generally, the curry composition may include 4 or more spices, complementing each other. However, any spice gourmet can suit it to his own taste. Of course, you can buy some curry in a jar from the store, but it will contain glutamate (flavor enhancer) and various food additives, which prevent the mixture from spoiling. As a result, the quality of the curry gets worse. Just imagine how tasty, delicious, and aromatic the same mixture would be if you grind whole seeds and herbs yourself? Thus, curry is usually prepared in small quantities in order to preserve the aroma and taste of fresh spices.
In the preparation of seasonings, everyone uses individual preferences. They say, ‘So many men, so many tastes’. Therefore, if you want to make a mixture of curry spices, you can be guided either by taste preferences or ingredients for eating healthy.
Let’s consider the properties of turmeric, which is the basis of a curry mixture. This is bright yellow powder with a nice flavor. Its beneficial properties proved to be of great value to humans, since turmeric has both antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Its composition has been well studied, and turmeric properties are rather similar to those of ginger. This is not surprising, as this is the same family of plants. The beneficial effects of turmeric are associated with the improvement of immune and digestive systems, blood composition, as well as the consumption of harmful compounds that cause Alzheimer's disease.
A bright spice called coriander is added to the curry mixture too. The tastes of coriander herbs and seeds are quite different. In addition, coriander seeds have more useful effects on human health, due to its bactericidal properties and obvious benefits to the digestive system. Typically, the coriander gives a specific bite to turmeric spice.
As for the possibilities of fenugreek (sometimes it is called ‘trigonella’ or ‘shambhala’), its grass, sprouted seeds, and mature seeds are used. The curry contains the fenugreek seeds, which are fried in a pan first. Consequently, this enhances a pleasant nutty flavor and reduces the bitter taste. Due to its effect on the human body, fenugreek is considered an aphrodisiac, which increases potency. Diabetics are also strongly advised to eat Fenugreek. Since the ancient times of Solomon, Fenugreek has been regarded a sacred kosher plant. By the way, it is also useful for women who are nursing babies, because it helps improve lactation.
Curry is impossible without the critical component, black pepper. Actually, this spice needs no introduction. Every housewife all over the globe has aromatic black seeds of black pepper in the kitchen. Yet, not everyone knows that black pepper has numerous properties which help normalize the digestive and cardiovascular systems, metabolic processes in the body, and reduce the formation of thrombus in the blood vessels.
Red chili pepper
This is a very bright addition to curry mixture, but if you have any problems with digestion, it should be added with caution. Sometimes, this pepper is called ‘chili’. In fact, chili is the name of cayenne pepper. You’d better use red hot pepper, because it’s less spicy, stimulates blood circulation, and is an antioxidant.
You can try making a simple composition of curry yourself, following certain ratios and experimenting with different spices, which can be added to the main composition. For example, the basic ingredients of 50g curry mixture are:
Turmeric 44% - 22g
Coriander 35% - 17g
Fenugreek 9,5% - 5g
Black pepper 7,5% - 4g
Hot pepper 4% - 2g
(+ cardamom, cumin, cloves and cinnamon in small amounts, if desired).
Indeed,curryis a spice created to cater to individual tastes.