The British reigned over the Indian Subcontinent for well over a century, bringing the elements of English to the rich culture. However, the British took various forms of the culinary arts with them when they left India and one of these was named “Curry”.
What the west knows as Curry is just the start of the subcontinent’s delicious, aromatic cuisine. Recognizing what the Indian Cuisine carries with it and generalizing it to be termed as curry, Chaheti Bansal from California, took to the internet and voiced her views. She reflected on the idea that curry as a word is correct in its essence, whereas its utilization by those unaware of the meaning behind the word should refrain from using it.
The claim was backed up by the statement that over the course of the expansive subcontinent, culinary art varies as much as the culture does to the extent that for every 100 km travelled, you are bound to encounter new flavours. To simplify all this under the term curry is an insult to the diverse culture and prevents people from exploring the full lengths of amazing flavours of the world’s spice hub.
The misconception is so widespread that even chefs of the South Asian community have to fight their way through it every day in an effort to explain how one “curry” is different from another “curry” at points where neither of them is a curry.
The origin dates back to the colonizing British times when an EIC official misheard the Tamil word Kari which means sauce and inspired the English word Curry meaning entirely different from what it is originally referred to.
Just as everything is different in British and American kitchens, the same goes for Indian kitchens where the variety exceeds boundaries and the flavours are surreal.