The great Indian 'kari', which stems from the word for sauce in Tamil, is known to have originated sometime during the ancient Indus civilization. Since then it has travelled beyond boundaries and created many fans across the globe. Britain's love affair with curry is no secret, curries in China and Thailand are also common knowlege. In fact, chicken tikka masala is the most popular restaurant meal in England and Texas meat-only chili is closely related to curry. There are many varieties of dishes called “curries”. For example, in original traditional cuisines, the precise selection of spices for each dish is a matter of national or regional cultural tradition, religious practice, and, to some extent, family preference. Such dishes are called by specific names that refer to their ingredients, spicing, and cooking methods. Curries were spread east by Bhuddist priests and occur in the cuisines of China and Southeast Asia. This post is a bit more personal and really limited to the curry traditions of India. My introduction to curry stems from my college years when I and my Indian friends, particularly my mentor Arun Saha, would create a curry made from whatever we had available and spices sent from family in India.
Also known affectionately as ‘Vic Market’ or ‘Queen Vic’, the Queen Victoria Market has been the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century. A historic landmark spread over two city blocks, it’s a vibrant and bustling inner-city market where you can shop for everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, and local and imported gourmet foods, to cosmetics, clothing and souvenirs. Because there is so much to see, I have broken the post into fruits and vegetables, this is obviously the vegetable portion. Although the variety of vegetables looks similar to an American supermarket, the species and names are often different. I love farmers markets and while I understand many will find these posts less interesting, you cannot understand the food on your plate without understanding the ingredients. The watchwords of the new cuisine are local, fresh and renewable.