The word "curry" is derived from the Tamil word kari which means 'sauce,' which is usually means vegetables, meat cooked with spices with or without a gravy. Other school of thought says it has been derived from a Sanskrit word "Kari" which means " to prepare ". Curry is the word used to describe anything cooked with gravy and is analogous to the soup or stew. Curry can be made with any ingredients but mostly has three spices present which are turmeric, coriander and cumin. There are a variety of other spices in a curry depending on the food being cooked and the geographic region from where the curry belongs.
Curry is also used as a generic description used in the Western culture to describe a variety of dishes from Asian cuisines whether it be from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thaior other South and South east Asian country.
Chicken Curry is a common Indian dish which is popular all over the world. A curry has chicken in a sauce containing basic ingredients onion, yogurt and tomato this is then flavored with numerous species like ginger, chillies, cinnamon, garlic, cardamom to name a few. Chicken curry can also be prepared with market bought curry powder. One can even use curd and milk to reduce the spiciness. This will also add a little bit of sourness in the curry too.
Indiahas a diverse variety of recipes for chicken curry just the way as it has diverse languages, culture, climate and regions. In the past, India has been ruled by many invaders, each rule provided India with its culture and food habits like mughlai dishes have milk and cream in them. Every major region has its own uniquechicken curry recipes with slight variations to popular recipes.
The spices used in Indian chicken curry have not only the taste value but they also smell so good and also have the great health benefits. Some studies have shown that spices in the curry may help to prevent some diseases including colon cancer and even Alzheimer's disease. Some studies concluded that the reaction of pain receptors to the hotter ingredients in curries leads to the body's release of endorphins.
Readymade chicken curry masalas are available in India as well as in foreign countries. Masala refers to combination of spices in the right proportion. Curry powders or pastes produced and consumed in India are extremely diverse; some are red, some are yellow, some are brown; some with five spices and some are with as many as 20 spices or even more. These masala contain turmeric, often coriander, cumin, mustard, chili, fenugreek, black pepper and salt. Besides these spices, other commonly found spices in different chicken curry recipe powders in India are allspice, white pepper, ground mustard, ground ginger, cinnamon, roasted cumin, cloves, nutmeg, mace, green cardamom seeds or black cardamom, bay leaves and coriander seeds.
Not only Indian recipes for chicken are consumed but Pakistani, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other south Asian countries chicken curry recipes are also quite popular. Depending on the region, the chicken curry can be cooked in ghee (butter), ground nut oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil and many others. The chicken curry can be consumed with rice or can be eaten with chapatis or rotis or bread or can be prepared with rice known as Biryani.
There are so many books which give the recipe for delicious chicken curry and also these recipes are easily available online on the internet. So, you can easily enjoy the aromatic and delicious flavor of a chicken curry sitting right at home with your family or friends and serve it the way you relish.