Little Who’s Who of Spices: Curry

Curry is not a spice in the true sense of the word, but rather a mixture of spices that can contain more than 30 different ingredients. After the British colonised India in the 18th century, they brought a simplified spice mix for a typical Indian stew back home with them. This is how curry came to Europe. This spice mix gets its vibrant yellow colour from curcuma, also called turmeric. Other common ingredients are chili, coriander seed, cloves, cumin, fennel seeds, pepper, cardamom, ginger and mace. Whilst in India, almost everyone mixes their own “masala”, the mixtures are sold pre-mixed here and are now used in typically German creations such as the currywurst.

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