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What Curry Powder Is
How this website came to be, why we're touting curry powder as something that may have the most profound influence on health and well-being
Every store has it, everyone has heard of it, but what is it? Amazingly, some say it is a Western creation!
This extract of turmeric (one of the main ingredients in most curry powders) is getting lots of scientific attention. See the medical indexes of the voluminous research on curcumin.
India produces nearly 100% of the world's turmeric, and consumes 90% of the total amount produced. It stands to reason that if India is unique in its low Alzheimer's Disease incidence, and it is unique in its consumption of turmeric, there may very well be a connection between consuming turmeric and preventing Alzheimer's.
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Ways to add curry powder to your food, your life; salt shakers that work; buying curry powder
Real curries are irresistable; basic recipes for cooking with curry powder; great online curry recipe sites; recipe books to own
Curry powder toothpaste and other things you can make yourself to add the benefits of curry powder to your life
Effects & Benefits
What some people are experiencing after adding curry powder to their diet
History of Curry
A very ancient tradition in the curry spice trade has shaped the political and economic nature of the world.
The motherland of tropical spices, India produces nearly all of the world's turmeric, and consumes 80% of all they produce.
Curcumin especially is the focus of much research that bears on many different maladies, including HIV, cancer, Alzheimers, wound healing, and much more. Here we list the research articles, with as much discussion as we can gather.
Ingredients in Curry Powders
Curry Powders contain many spices, usually including cardamom, turmeric, fenugreek, and chilli, plus many more that can vary. Here we list the ingredients on the labels from many brands of curry powder, and discuss the spices themselves.
Excerpts from online articles relating to curry powder and the related topics of this website
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Chilli: Red chillies; if ground into powder, called Red Pepper or Cayenne Pepper in America
Chilli Powder: In Asia/Europe, the powder of pure red chillies -- this would be called Red Pepper or Cayenne Pepper in America; American "Chilli Powder" is a very different blend of spices, including lots of cumin and with very little red chilli in it, used in chili con carne, barbecue and "Texas" style cooking
Cumin: A small, warm-climate annual plant of which the seeds are used; often mistranslated as "caraway" in curry recipes due to similarity of the Indian words for both cumin and caraway, jeera, as well as nearly-identical appearance of the seeds; assume that "caraway" means "cumin" in curry recipes; "Cumin" has nothing to do with "Curcumin" (see above)
Curcumin: Confusion exists in present usage of this word; Curcumin is the name for turmeric in many countries; however, expensive products called "Curcumin" are now being sold with the vitamins at health food outlets, and research on curcumin abounds in current medical literature. Some say that curcumin is the yellow oils that give turmeric its yellow color, and which are also used as both food coloring and textile dyeing. Others call these yellow oils "curcuminoids" or "curcumin extract." Curcumin has nothing to do with "Cumin" spice (see below). See the
Curcumin Extract: The term used by Indian pharmacists to denote the potent and expensive yellow-orange oil which is the dye substance extracted from turmeric, used both for food coloring and for textile dye; has been used for centuries in India
Curcuminoids: Chemicals in turmeric that are being studied for their physiological effects; one group of curcuminoids comprises a potent yellow-orange volatile oil (see Curcumin Extract below); this oil contains three compounds called turmerone, atlantone, and zingiberone, among other substances
Curry: as used in India, this simply means "sauce"; Indian foods made with sauces are thus all "curries"
Curry Leaves: A plant with small, dark green leaves (about 1 inch long) that give a mild flavor to Indian food; usually used fresh, not dried; they are sometimes included in Curry Powder, but do not give Curry Powder its name
Curry Powder: a readily-available blend of spices which is a Western approximation of Indian spice blends, and typically contains turmeric, coriander, chillies, cumin, mustard, ginger, fenugreek, garlic, cloves, salt, and any number of other spices
Garam masala: A readily-available masala composed of delicate, heat-sensitive spices; thus, it is added at the end of cooking, after the flame has been turned off (see left)
Haldi or Haldie: The Indian name for Turmeric
Masala: In India and her neighbors, a blend of powdered spices, of a specific type for a specific type of dish; said to be about 100 kinds of masalas in Indian cooking
Turmeric: A plant of which the root resembles ginger, and is used extensively in India, which produces almost the whole world's supply, as well as consumes 80% of that supply; botanical name is curcuma longa; is native to Southeast Asia, from Vietnam to the humid hilly regions of Southern India; Indian name Haldi