I am studying up on curry, because I want to learn more about them and learn how to cook my own from scratch. Of course, the curries I fell in love with came from India, which is the first kind of curry I tasted.
My first Indian food experience was taking my father out for Indian food for Father's Day or his birthday (I can't remember because the dates are close together) one year, and he introduced me to naan bread, samosas, and all these other delicious things he had discovered while traveling in Great Britain and India. I ordered chicken tikka the first time and enjoyed it, though it was very, very hot to my traditionally bland-eating tastebuds. But I loved its complexity, even though I ate tons of bread and drank tons of water.
The second time I ate Indian Food was in Georgetown near Washington DC and had chicken saag. Oh lord. That was some amazing food. Later in life I tried Biryani chicken and loved that too. The occasions weren't that notable (dinner with various friends) but I loved the food. I still order chicken saag regularly when I go to an Indian restaurant.
Bringing us to the past couple years, I've been using Butter Chicken curry paste from Kitchens of India as my go-to curry shortcut. My father introduced it to me, and I loved that I could make "Indian Food" easily without having to pay restaurant prices. It's very good, but I've been told from some people that it's a little salty (the sodium content is quite high).
My most recent curry adventure was at the home of Winston's dog breeder when she had me, my husband, and another owner of one of her dogs over. She is British, and she told me that Indian food has now surpassed fish and chips as the number 1 take-out food in Great Britain. Wowzers! I always knew you could get good Indian food in Great Britain, but not that it was that popular. At any rate, she made us Madhur Jaffrey's recipe for Prawns with a Dark Sauce (this recipe is available with a quick Google search). It was hot, but delicious, and I am definitely in love with more curry now. I want curry all the time. I'm on a curry kick. Give me more curry!
So I went to Indian Food Forever and found lots of recipes for the dishes I've tried and many for dishes I've not tried. I made a list of basic spices I need, and I placed my order to Penzey's today for my little Indian food "kit." I hope that this makes for some delicious food and some interesting blogs. I do have some occasions to cook for in the near future, so I plan to blog more soon.
"And here's to curry vindaloo!" - Rent