19 Responses

  1. jimbo
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    How in the name of god is curry not number 1? Every Indian i have ever know house reaks of curry.

    1. robert
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      you sir are a buffoon!

      1. jimbo081
        jimbo081 at |

        How so for a asking a question. Well then why do these guys houses always smell so strong of it. My job requires me to go into different peoples house every day. And every Indian house i go in reaks of curry.

        1. dune
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          Well, your house may reek of anything you cook. And that includes everybody. Not only Indians.

    2. skai
      skai at |

      ” Every Indian I have ever know house reeks of curry ” You may be right, but if during the cooking the extractor fan in the kitchen is kept on and the aroma of spices does not stay in the kitchen./ house. I can assure you that in my house you will NEVER ever get the reeking of curry while cooking or after cooking. Do you not get the reeking of bacon cooking in you house?

      1. Jimbo
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        Nope my house never reeks of bacon. I don’t know why you are attacking me. All i did was state an opinion. Sorry you guys got so mad. This site is based on opinions not facts. So loosen up.

  2. Sean
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    There is no ‘curry powder’, except as a scam foisted on the British by Indian merchants. Different curry dishes have different proportions of spices (and rarely have ‘curry leaves’ as an ingredient), and different regions use different spices in their curries, so there is no single spice ‘curry’; when British soldiers, having come to love the native dishes their cooks prepared for them, transferred back to England, they went to merchants asking for the ‘curry’ spice. The merchants, not wanting to lose out on the opportunity to make more money off the English (and recognizing the futility of trying to educate them one at a time on the intricacies of Indian cooking), would mix up a spice blend in proportions for common dishes in their region and sell it to them as ‘curry powder’.

    1. Scot
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      Then what is that smell in Indian’s houses. They tell me it is curry.

      1. skai
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        ” Then what is the smell in Indian’s houses.” When one adds turmeric or red chillies to a very hot cooking oil ,the burning of those ingredients is what give the aroma [you may call smell] People don’t use extractor fans while cooking,thus the aroma[smell] in the house.
        Same as if you are frying onions,you get aroma[ smell] Almost evey food while cooking/frying has its aroma.

    2. Arun
      Arun at |

      Hi Sean, your point of view is interesting ! You are probably correct. There is no single product as “Curry” powder but it is a mixture of different indian spices and the contents may vary from region to region.

  3. Scot
    Scot at |

    Cayenne pepper, chili powder, and paprika are totally different from each other. Saying they are the same discredits this author as claiming to have any knowledge of spices.

  4. natalie
    natalie at |

    You are right about the chili/paprika/cayenne mismosh – my bad – I’ll correct asap but asap for me right now looks like a few weeks since i just broke my arm and can only type with two fingers so I’ll correct/clarify I was thoughtless about that one.! I live in Hungary too where paprika is king, sweet paprika, hot paprika… chili powder is a mix of herbs and cayenne comes in varying heats.

  5. aryana
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    saffron is orginated from india and it should be the number 1 in the list

    1. skai
      skai at |

      aryana ” saffron is originated from India and it should be the number 1 in the list ” Not only that I strongly believe most of the spices of the world originated from India/ Kerala , interdicted into middle east and , mediterranean , then into Europe .

  6. Jim
    Jim at |

    A palette is what an artist uses to hold his paints. You taste food with your palate.

    Reading the opening paragraph again, the word you used works in terms of imagery, but it’s not obvious, and it makes it look like you used the wrong word.

  7. Jer
    Jer at |

    0. Black pepper

  8. kiellegg
    kiellegg at |

    Im n indian classical dancer form the Philippines 🙂
    Very nice vidoe of the Mangalacharan of odissi dance
    its an invocatory prayer to Lord Ganesha and Lord Jagganatha.
    The dance is about interceding to both Gods so that they will guide the dancer
    throughout the whole performance.

  9. Rahul
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    I am Indian. I personally think black pepper should be #1. It is used not only as an ingrediant, but also as an additive, as in boiled eggs and other things. Also the effect of its taste last longer (In my opinion) than the red chilly.
    Anyway its a good collection of Indian Spices and I personally think the author should add ginger also to the list. And yes, Curry is not a spice, its a mixture of other spices mentioned in the list.
    P.S: Black pepper was called “Black gold” in medieval times and it was one of the reason which led to the colonisation of India by the Europeans.

  10. AThoams
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    I am not sure why everyone is complaining about a “smell”. But Indian spices to me are hypnotic and lovely. I enjoy the flavors, the smells and the wonderful culture of Indian food. Ignorance is a terrible waste of humanity. Just because it is different doesn’t make it wrong or bad. I have been all over the world and to me the Indian Culture has the secrets to good tasting and good for you food. And I agree with Rahul. Ginger should be added. Mmmmmmmm Getting hungry just thinking about the wonderful smells and tastes.. Enjoy


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