Curry is a generic description used throughout Eastern and some European cultures to describe a general variety of side dishes, best known in Indian cuisine. There is also a curry tree. So curry has two meanings. As a style or presentation of food and an actual herb found in the leaves of the curry tree.   The word “  curry” has significance and popularity in Jamaica because of the Indian influence being a former British protectorate.

Likened to stew or thick soup in the West.  No particular ingredient makes something “Curry.” The Indian cooks and chefs do it with selections or side dishes, with blends of spices which is a “ Curried dish" and understood to mean "gravy" or "sauce" rather than "spices".  

For example the starter dish we use under Chicken may be expanded with small diced potatoes added or pineapple and carrots and it is still a "Curry". Type "Curry dishes in Google", and you get 2.5 million hits.

Curry's popularity in recent decades has spread outward from the Indian subcontinent to figure prominently in international cuisine. Consequently, each culture has adopted spices in its indigenous cooking to suit its own unique tastes and cultural sensibilities. 

Curry can therefore be called a pan-Asian or global phenomenon with immense popularity in Thai, British, Indian, and Japanese cuisines.  


WARNING:  The small black shiny berries are edible, but their seeds are highly poisonous, permanently poisonous.

It is also a small tree, growing 4-6 meters tall, with a trunk up to 40cm diameter. The leaves are pinnate, with 11-21 leaflets, each leaflet 2-4 cm long and 1-2 cm broad. They are highly aromatic. The flowers are small, white, and fragrant. 

But the leaves of Murraya Koenigii are also used as a herb in Ayurvedic medicine. In Western medicine, Ayurveda is classified as a system of complementary and alternative medicine that is used to complement, rather than replace, the treatment regimen and relationship that exists between a patient and their existing physician. 

Ayurveda is grounded in a metaphysics of the "five great elements" earth, water, fire, air and ether all of which compose the Universe, including the human body. Plasma, blood, flesh, fat, bone, marrow,and semen or female reproductive tissue are held to be the seven primary constituent elements. 

The properties claimed include much value as an anti-diabetic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, hepato-protective, anti-hypercholesterolemic etc. 

Curry leaves are also known to be good for hair, for keeping it healthy and long. I have been rubbing it on my bald spot to get my hair back but I'm losing too many friends, asking me where I ate lunch.  Although most commonly used in curries, leaves from the curry tree can be used in many other dishes to add spice as a plain seasoning.

We ate a lot of curried dishes mainly served over rice with goat, chicken, and fish.  Curry may be made with the following depending on where you live in the world.  

Red curry with spices like clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, bay leaf, coriander powder, cumin seeds/powder, black pepper powder, red hot chili peppers/powder, asafetida  ghee, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, turmeric, mustard seeds and mustard oil are added to many recipes, as are poppy seeds.   Lahori Karahi curry incorporates garlic, spices and vinegar. 

Peshawari karahi is a simple dish made with just meat, salt, tomatoes and coriander. Each place we visited had their secret sauce just like Kentucky Fried Chicken brought down by generation.