Curry powder

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Curry powder
Curry Ist.jpg
Place of origin South Asia
Main ingredient(s) Spices (coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, and chili peppers)

Curry powder is a spice mix 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,[citation needed] and the word "curry" is derived from the Tamil word kari meaning "sauce, relish for rice", or from the Kannada word karil or from the Telugu word kuura.[1][2]

Ingredients[edit]

Most curry powder recipes include coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, and chili peppers in their blends. Depending on the recipe, additional ingredients such as ginger, garlic, asafoetida, fennel seed, caraway, cinnamon, clove, mustard seed, green cardamom, black cardamom, nutmeg, long pepper, and black pepper may also be included.[3][citation needed] However, the Portuguese importation of the chilli pepper from Brazil and their mixing of other Asian spices enabled the development of 'curi'.[clarification needed][4]

Nutritional information[edit]

1 tablespoon of curry powder contains the following nutritional information according to the USDA:[5]

  • Calories : 20 kcal
  • Fat: 0.87 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3.66 g
  • Fibers: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "curry, n.2". OED Online. June 2013. Oxford University Press. Retrieved: 2013-08-29.
  2. ^ Harper, Douglas (November 2001). "Online Etymology Dictionary". Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.mccormick.com/Spices-and-Flavors/Herbs-and-Spices/Spices/Curry-Powder
  4. ^ Page, Martin (2007). The First Global Village: How Portugal Changed the World. Casa das Letras. p. 148. ISBN 978-972-46-1313-0. 
  5. ^ "NDL/FNIC Food Composition Database Home Page". Nal.usda.gov. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 

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