Curry

Ingredients

  • Organic Coriander, Organic Turmeric, Organic Mustard, Organic Cumin, Organic Fenugreek, Organic Paprika, Organic Cayenne, Organic Cardamom, Organic Nutmeg, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Cloves

Origin​

  • Country of origin differs for each spice and is listed on that ingredients page

Form

  • Powder

Certification

  • Organic, Kosher

Typical Use

  • All Year

Background

  • Our organic curry powder is a mixture of many different spices and herbs. As is true for many spices or herb mixes, they were composed of commonly used spices for simplified use by "foreigners". In Curry's case, the origin is traced back to Southern India where they were mixed for use by the British Colonial government. It found its way to Great Britain and has become a main staple of food in England. The history of curry-style cooking (a combination of spices and herbs, typically composed of at least coriander, cumin, turmeric with regional variations and additions) reaches back to 2,500 BC. The use of curry leaves, surprisingly, is only prevalent in Southern India. Given the size and climate variation across all of Southern Asia, there are many variations in the use of spices, ingredients, meats/seafood, vegetables, starch, etc. Along the trade routes, through the political influence of India and Indian migration, curries have been adopted by many different cuisines, ranging from Japan, SE Asia, South Asia, the British Isles, to the Caribbean.

Cooking

  • There are probably as many curry mixes as there are households and restaurants in South and SE Asia. Our organic curry is a mild, Indian-style mixture of 11 organic spices. It is very versatile and aromatic. Add heat with our cayenne pepper or tone it down with coconut milk. 

Cultural​

  • Curries greatly vary based on local customs, available and acceptable ingredients and starches. For example, in India's Kerala, curries can be made with pork, which would not go over well in most parts of Pakistan. Similarly, there are dry and wet curries, curries with rice, potatoes, or bread, curries made with water, broth, tomato puree, or similar. The local culture will be reflected in its curries.

​Spiritual

  • While there is little mention of curries and spirituality, there are many beliefs that assign spiritual importance to food and eating. For example, braking bread and eating together in Sikhism is a fundamental part of the religion. It communicates equality and openness to every member. It is well known that at the Golden Temple in Punjab, the holiest place for Sikhs, 10,000 Sikhs and guests are eating together after service. 

Medicinal​

  • Curry powder is believed to have a number of valuable health benefits, including cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s prevention as well as pain and inflammation reduction. Curry also improves bone health, boosts immunity, and increases the liver’s ability to remove toxins from the body. Turmeric as one of the main ingredients of curry is considered to be one of the most widely used and beneficial spice for health purposes.

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