Curry powder can be so many different combinations of spices. The last curry powder I purchased had cumin, turmeric, coriander and tomato powder. It was a very simple one, I suspect some people buy that as a base to make their own mix. I read up on the terms “curry” and “curry powder” on Wikipedia. I was surprised by what I found…

Curry /ˈkʌri/, plural curries, is the generic English term primarily employed in Western culture to denote a wide variety of dishes whose origins are Southern and Southeastern Asian cuisines,

and

Curry powder, a commercially prepared mixture of spices, is largely a Western notion, dating to the 18th century.

So, some of the curry dishes we make aren’t even the original, as they are “commercial mixtures” — most likely prepared to be more palatable for a wide audience! Makes me wonder what a real curry dish would taste like in Thailand or India. Do read the articles on wikipedia, it’s good info.

yum!
yum!

I started to look up “curry powder” because I ran out of my curry powder mix, but I had the individual spices (except tomato powder). I wanted to know what the proportions were so I could make my own. But after reading that on Wikipedia I realised that maybe it didn’t matter so much. Seemed to me that I could just experiment, I think that’s the best way to learn in the kitchen anyway (^_^)  

this much garlic and ginger, grated
this much garlic and ginger, grated

I started with onions, the plan was to caramelise them first. Well, I burned them (-_-) That’s what happens when you are watching the baby and cooking at the same time. It was evening and I was home alone with her. Anyway, I left the fire on too high.

then add the meat (already cut to bite size pieces) grated ginger and garlic
then add the meat (already cut to bite size pieces) grated ginger and garlic

I didn’t have time to chop more onions and start over, so I continued with them.

then add 1tsp turmeric, 3tsp coriander, 3tsp cumin powders, 1/2tsp ground black pepper 2 bay leaves. Stir,....
then add 1tsp turmeric, 3tsp coriander, 3tsp cumin powders, 1/2tsp ground black pepper 2 bay leaves. Stir,…
Add three chopped tomatoes, stir, add a cup of stock,... Simmer on low heat to reduce
Add three chopped tomatoes, stir, add a cup of stock,… Simmer on low heat to reduce
reduced and thickened.
reduced and thickened, cook slowly on medium to low heat to do the reduction so that the meat cooks well

When it thickens, take off the fire and add 6 tablespoons of sour milk/natural yoghurt.

add yoghurt
add yoghurt

Stir in, put back on fire to warm up. Done!

finished! Ready to serve!
finished! Ready to serve!
served!
served!

I have have an old post of a different lamb curry, you can check it out on the link below.

Old post: Lamb curry and rice

It was very good. But I think this new one is better. Much simpler to prepare too. Though I have no rating to prove it (-_-) I was rocking the baby to sleep while he was eating.

Speaking of curry, have you ever heard of “curry leaves?” Have you used them?
Where did you get them?

 

About aika

Making, eating and sharing good food are a splendid way to start, brake and end a day! I post good eats on www.pendolamama.co.ke. Life is a feast, eat up!

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