What is Curry?
Curry is not one thing but an assembly of spices, herbs and much more!
The word' Curry' is the Anglicization of the Tamil word ‘Kari’, which means a secondary dish/eaten with rice, where rice being the primary dish. Over the years the secondary dish has replaced its position with the primary. Now curries are the main dish served with rice or naan/roti.
Today Curries are a global fare with variations across the globe.
The main ingredients needed for a Curry are basically Onions, Tomatoes, Ginger and Garlic. Then the other things like the spices and herbs are added to make it complete.
These are not just fresh vegetables but have many health benefits attached to them.
A few of these are listed here-
For a small vegetable, Garlic has a big well-deserved reputation. Affectionately it’s called 'The stinking rose’, in light of its therapeutic benefits.
Garlic is a wonderful seasoning to add aroma, taste and added nutrition to our dishes.
Its rich in a variety of powerful sulphur containing compounds like Allicin and Dithins.
Sulphur is a key part of our health and in addition to sulphur related compounds; garlic is a good source of Vitamin C, Manganese and Selenium.
Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties. From medical history stand point the antibacterial and antiviral properties of garlic are perhaps its most legendary features.
Native to Central Asia, garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. Currently China, S. Korea, India, Spain and the US are among the top commercial producers of Garlic.
Native to South Eastern Asia, ginger is mentioned in ancient Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern writings and has been prized for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties.
Ginger is the underground rhizome of the ginger plant. It has an aromatic, pungent and spicy flavor.
Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress; in herbal medicine ginger is regarded as an excellent 'carminative'-a substance that promotes the elimination of intestinal gas.
Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including anti-inflammatory effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
Ginger's anti vomiting action has been shown to be very useful in reducing nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.
The word ONION comes from the Latin word 'Unio' which means 'single'.
Onions like garlic are members of the Allium family and both are rich in sulfur containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent adores and for many of their health promoting effects.
Onions are an outstanding source of polyphenols.
Today China, India, the US, Russia and Spain are among the leading producers of Onions.
Tomatoes are a treasure of riches when it comes to their anti oxidant benefits. Tomatoes don't have to be deep red to be an outstanding source of 'lycopene'.
They are well and widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content and Vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin E also.
French sometimes refer to the tomato as pomme d'amour, meaning 'love apples' and in Italy tomato is sometimes referred to as "pomodoro" or golden apple.
Although tomatoes are fruits in botanical sense, they don't have the dessert quality sweetness of other fruits.
The largest tomato producing country is China followed by the United States, Turkey, India and Italy.