Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Curry ~ A Journey

Experiencing curry is a journey that starts in numerous kitchens, homes, and restaurants all over the world, with each starting point bringing a new flavor, cooking style, and aroma to the voyage that consistently excites and warms the final destination: our taste buds.

The journey begins in India, Southeast Asia, Pakistan, Britain, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, or the Caribbean with a blend of dried cumin, turmeric, and coriander that has been ground together to create a spice combination also known as curry powder or paste. Depending on where the tasteful jaunt begins, the cooking technique will vary with the addition of chicken, pork, beef, seafood, and vegetables which creates complex, flavorful curries that reflects the region and culture preparing the cuisine. The addition of spices such as black peppercorns, chilies, ginger, galangal, and ground cardamom pods play an integral part in transforming the tasteful voyage. Adding to the ever evolving edible path, some areas add cream or coconut milk to transform curry powder into hearty sauces and stews, while other areas add clove, mustard seed, or cinnamon to add an inventive dimension to each bite.

Wild GInger incorporates various styles of curry into the menu, while being mindful of the various combinations of fresh aromatics and ingredients used in each cuisine. Over the next few weeks, we'll explore the different flavors and styles each region brings to the curry journey.

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