The Most Delicious Indian Food

By: Rishi Chaddha

Did You Know?

Did you know that there are about 9,000 curry houses in England, which employ about 70,000 people?

Did you know that curry can be addictive? Every bite makes you want more and spicier curry.

Curry's history

Most people think of curry and India, but curry actually originated in Babylon in Mesopotamia. After India the next country to use curry was England in as early as the 1300's. The word comes from “Kari” which is from the Tamil language. Then it was changed to "curry", which comes from the Hindi language. While a lot of people think of curry as spicy and made with chilies, when curry was originated it did not contain any chilies because chilies were not in India, so it was not spicy. It was not until Christopher Columbus got chili seeds from America, and traded with India, that Indians' used chili in their curries. Because of curries long history, curry can look very different (including color), and can taste very different. For example there are hundreds of different types of chicken tikka masala (chicken curry).

Health Benfits of Curry

Curry is very, very delicious but it also has some health benefits. One health benefit is it stops inflammation of the joints. The reason for this is because of the turmeric, an Indian spice, inside of the curry. In fact turmeric has been used at hospitals to help cure inflammatory diseases. The next health benefit that curry has, is that the curcumin (also an Indian spice used in curry) can turn the genes off that help spread breast and many other types of cancer. Many doctors hope that curcumin will help them discover how to stop cancer. The final major health benefit curry has is it helps prevent Alzheimer’s. Once again the curcumin in the curry helps clear protein deposits in your brain which is said to cause Alzheimer's.

Phaal Curry

The spiciest curry on earth is the phaal curry. The phaal curry does not take any out of the ordinary ingredients to make. The ingredients include of one and one half pounds of meat, One large onion, eight pieces of garlic, one ounce of ginger, three tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter), fourteen ounces of tomatoes, one tablespoon of ketchup, one tablespoon of tomato pury, and finally the ingredient that makes the phaal curry spicy, 12 chili peppers. This curry can also includes spices like cumin, coriander, chili powder, dried fenugreek leaves, and garam masala. The phaal curry is not the most authentic curry as it was originated in Indian restaurants in England. Surprisingly in English, phaal means fruit. Many restaurants in the United States and England have phaal curry challenges (because it is extremely spicy), where the challenger has to eat a phaal curry dish in a matter of time, and if the challenger does, (s)he get a free prize.


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