FAQ what is, why and how… food & recipes related answers
What is Garam Masala?
Garam Masala is a mix of various whole seeds, pods and sticks.
A basic version is Cardamon pods, Cinammon sticks, Cloves, whole Black Pepper and dried bay leaves. Of course you can add to the mix Mustard seeds, fennel seeds and so. Garam Masala is its whole version is typically used at the start of many curries to add the first flavour to the oil or ghee.
There is also several ground versions of this must have curry mix.
What is Ghee?
Ghee is is a clarified butter used in many Indian and other close regions cooking.
To make ghee is very simply. Taking your normal butter, melt it slowly in a pan.
It will form a white frothy mixture that sits on the top. This once removed leaves you with ghee. It can be stored and used or even spiced. A good example of this is in Ethiopian cooking. Niter Nibbeh is a widely used form of spiced ghee used is much of Ethiopian cooking.
What is Red Curry?
Red curry is a popular Thai dish consisting of curry paste to which coconut milk is added.
Main items are –
chicken, beef, pork, duck, shrimp or tofu (bite-sized pieces)
kaffir lime leaves
What is Green Curry?
Green curry is a variety of curry in Thai cuisine. The name “green” curry derives from the color of the dish. Green curries tend to be as hot as red curries, both being hotter than phanang curries. However, green curries, regardless of heat, have a definite and desired sweetness that is not usually associated with red curries.
What is Curry Powder?
Curry powder is a mixture of spices of widely varying composition based on South Asian cuisine. Curry powder and the contemporary English use of the word curry are Western inventions and do not reflect any specific Indian food, though a similar mixture of spices used in north India is called garam masala. Curry powder is actually closer to the Tamil sambar powder, and the word curry is widely believed to be a corruption of the Tamil word kari, variously meaning something like sauce, cooked vegetables or meat.
What is Jamaican Curry Powder?
Jamaican curry powder is mild if compared to many Indian powders.
It is a little sweeter than the average Indian powder as it has nutmeg and allspice in the mix.
What is Japanese Curry?
Curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. It is commonly served in three main forms: curry rice, karē udon (thick noodles) and karē-pan. Curry rice is most commonly referred to simply as ‘curry’.
A wide variety of vegetables and meats are used to make Japanese curry. The basic vegetables are onions, carrots, and potatoes. For the meat, beef, pork, and chicken are the most popular. Katsu-karē is a breaded deep-fried pork cutlet with curry sauce.