Weekend Menu Planning: Try Making Homemade Curry
Curry has to be one of the most widely-used words in cooking -- but it can be confusing, due to different meanings of the word depending on where you are. In some places, curry is synonymous with Indian food, as in "Let's go out for curry." Of course, there are also curry dishes in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand, where curry paste is used as a flavoring. In U. S. grocery stores, you'll find curry powder, usually a blend of the various spices used to flavor Indian food. Actually, though, pre-ground curry powder is rarely used in India, where most cooks prefer to grind spices right before using them or pre-ground spice mixes might be called masala or garam masala. To add to the confusion, there's also an ingredient used in Indian cooking called Curry Leaves, which are flavorful but not a necessary ingredient for most curry dishes.
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