Like in many other countries, Indian dishes don’t have just one way of being cooked. Every region in India has its preferred way of making a curry dish, which is largely based on the most available ingredients in each region. But despite the recipe variations, the essential flavours that make a curry, a curry, always remain.
Exploring curries with their varied cooking processes and blend of ingredients can be an exciting journey of palatable experience for you. You may also start to have your own personal preferences in curries, which can help you determine which type of curry or curries you would love to try and cook in your home.
Here are the most popular curries that you can try at your local Indian restaurant or experiment with making at home:
Tikka Masala involves cooking chicken or other meats on skewers in a tandoor or traditional Indian clay oven. The masala is the creamy sauce the meat is smothered in.
Korma curries are spiced, not for heat, but for flavour. Unlike other curries that commonly use cumin and black pepper, korma uses Indian spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Meats are slow-cooked and marinated in yogurt, and butter and cream are used with the sauce. This blend of spices and variety of dairy products results in a rich-flavoured and zesty curry.
Dhansak is generally sweet and sour in taste. The pineapple ring served as a garnish adds sweetness to this dish, but will be used depending on the chef’s preferences.
Saag is mainly characterized by spinach, mustard greens and other leafy vegetables. It’s definitely up there on the heat scale, compared to other curries.
A dish that is moderately hot due to the presence of green chillies, it is perfect for those who want a bit of heat to their curry, but not necessarily the overpowering kind. Jalfrezi is an Anglo-Indian curry that dates back to the time of the British Raj.
This curry is definitely for the true spice aficionados. Vindaloo uses only a few spices, but in larger quantities to produce an outstandingly hot dish.
Now that you have a good idea of the different characteristics of various curry versions, you may try out those that interest you and drop others that probably won’t appeal to your palate (like extra hot curries, for example, if your heat tolerance isn’t that high to begin with).
You may also want to try our freshly-made and home-cooked authentic Indian curry dishes at Curry Corner. You can choose between our chicken, lamb and vegetable options on the menu. With over a decade of service to Australians, we’re well-known for offering some of the best Indian curries around. If you’d like to experiment with your own curry at home, we are also a one-stop grocery for Indian food ingredients. Visit our store in Melbourne today or shop online for ultimate convenience when you visit our website.