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The History of Curry

Despite its origins in India, British people love a good ol’ curry – with 23 million people regularly eating curry dishes. In fact, the curry has now taken place alongside some of our classic favourites like fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. But how much do we really know about our favourite takeaway?

At My Family Secret, we have dedicated years to creating the perfect low fat curry sauces for families to enjoy. Drawing inspiration from traditional recipes, but bringing them up to speed with modern-day mealtimes.

Today, we want to share with you the history of curry, and how exactly it became a British favourite!

Believe it or not, curry is actually an umbrella term that refers to a number of dishes originating from Indian cuisine. Usually containing fish, meat or vegetables. Traditional curries were defined by their complex combination of spices or herbs which make up a wet or dry sauce.

The definition of ‘curry’

It is often thought the word ‘curry’ was taken from the Tamil word ‘Kari’ – meaning spiced sauce. This was originally a thin, soup-like, spiced dressing served in southern India. However, the word ‘curry’ has changed its definition over centuries and is now something of a “ubiquitous menu word.”

How the definition of ‘curry’ can vary across the world

In India, curry refers to a gravy or stew-like dish, containing Indian spice mix Garam Masala and other local ingredients. While in the Western world, we think of curries as a spicy or flavoured dish containing curry powder – or some other spice variety.

The history of curry

The first time curry graced British dining tables dates back to the 1700s. This was when soldiers and tradespeople returned from the East. In fact, the first curry recipe was found in Hannah Glasse’s ‘Art of Cookery Made Plain and East’ from 1747. This taughtBrits how to make a curry ‘the Indian way’ by using boiled chicken, turmeric, ginger and onions in a cream. While it’s not exactly the same way we make it today, it’s not far off!

By the 1800s, this early wave of Indian influence on British cooking had inspired Bengali immigrant, Saik Dean Mohamed. He opened the first Indian restaurant. Started production on curry powder and master-up the very first Indian takeaway. However, it flopped years later as it was tradition at the time to have servants prepare your meals at home – but that would change!

Queen Victoria

When Queen Victoria landed on the throne, many turned their nose up at having the house smell like curry but the Queen embraced it. Fascinated by India, Victoria kept a majority Indian household staff and curry was on the menu most days.

It wasn’t long before it spread through the aristocracy and upper classes. Making curry a normal sight on the tables of the rich and famous.

From then on, curry just got more and more popular in the UK. With Brits even inventing their very own curry dishes. The chicken tikka masala  in the 1960s.

If reading about ‘the history of curry’ has got your taste buds tingling, why not try one of our fresh curry sauces! We recommend our low fat Green Thai Curry Sauce – the hotter of all the Thai curry sauces. Or take a look at any of our other blogs about our family sauces here.

Always wanted to make a traditional Moroccan tagine? Take a look at our  Lamb Moroccan Tagine Recipe made with one of our low fat curry sauces. 

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How to Make the Perfect Chicken Curry

Simple yet packed with flavour, chicken curries are a popular dishes in the UK. In fact, one in seven curries sold in Britain is a chicken tikka masala.

Commonly found in South Asia as well as the Caribbean, a chicken curry is a quick and easy dish. It is made up of chicken stewed in an onion and tomato sauce. However, at Family Secret, we like to spice things up a bit!

We have designed a collection of rich and fresh sauces that will go perfectly with your chicken on curry night.

Low Fat Green Thai Curry Sauce

The Green Thai curry is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular curry dishes. It’s a signature of Thai cuisine!

A sweet yet spicy dish, our Green Thai curry recipe embraces these qualities and packs them into our family sauces. Drawing back to traditional recipes, our sauce contains a number of ingredients including: 

  • Lemon grass
  • Galangal (ginger)
  • Garlic
  • Kefir lime leaves
  • Cilantro roots
  • Shrimp paste

These ingredients thicken and sweeten the sauce, while the spices: cumin, coriander and turmeric and fresh green chillies, really pack a punch.

Low Calorie Rogan Josh Curry Sauce

While typically cooked with Persian lamb, our Rogan Josh curry sauce compliments chicken.

Despite being used with chicken, our sauce maintains that true Kashmiri style – containing traditional ingredients used in its original recipes from India. Whether it’s diced onions, tomatoes, low fat yoghurt and garam masala or ground cardamon, cinnamon and lemon juice, we stay true to what makes this healthy curry sauce great – and that is flavour!

Low Sugar Punjabi Tadka Curry Sauce

Heavily influencing takeaway curries and our idea of a “curry”, Punjabi Tadka is a simple curry sauce that is not to be overlooked.

Typically served with chicken, the Punjabi Tadka sauce acts like a thick, gravy-like dressing. Despite its thick sauce, the Punjabi Tadka is made up of only a few ingredients like diced onions, ginger puree, garam masala, turmeric, green Indian chillies and coriander.

For more information about any of our sauces feel free to contact us on 0800 001 6161 or share with us your Family Secret dishes on our Twitter and Face.

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Why Our Sauces Are The Perfect Dieting Partner?

As they say ‘summer bodies are made in the winter!’ As we approach the colder months, weight loss and diet talk starts to fill the air. For those looking to shake up their diet, have you ever tried a diet filled with curries?

Now, we don’t mean pigging out at your local Indian every night of the week; indulging in creamy chicken kormas and stodgy sag aloo. Instead, we mean trying out traditional Asian recipes – keeping all the flavour but taking out the fatty elements.

Numerous people have reported losing several stone in weight after eating curries two meals a day. In particular, Suki Burai, a mother of three who lost three stone from creating traditional Indian curries. 

In fact, curry could actually be better for you than just losing weight. Resea have looked at the spices in curries such as turmeric, cumin, allspice, cardamon and ginger

Taking inspiration from this, we’ve designed a range of low fat curry sauces that are perfect for healthy eating.

Low Fat Green Thai Curry Sauce

Regarded as the hotter of the Thai Curry triplets, our Green Thai curry sauce can be enjoyed with some diced chicken.. A thin yet flavoursome sauce, this Family Secret special contains a long list of healthy ingredients including:

  • Fresh green chillies
  • Lemon grass
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Kefir lime leaves
  • Cilantro roots
  • Shrimp paste.

What makes this healthy curry sauce beneficial for those trying to lose weight is it’s lack of fatty, creamy ingredients. Instead, we use a small splash of coconut cream and water to give the sauce some consistency and flavour.

Low Calorie Moroccan Tagine Sauce

Originating from North Africa, our Moroccan Tagine sauce draws from traditional cooking methods in Africa, in particular the technique of slow-cooking savoury stems. Using a crockery pot called a Tagine, the Moroccans would mix together sliced meat, poultry or fish with seasonal vegetables and fruits to create a stew. Then, they add spices, nuts and dried fruit for extra flavour. In later years, the Moroccan Tagine recipe was named after the pot it is cooked in.

Our take on the classic Moroccan Tagine sauce is made using fresh vegetables and spices such as tomatoes, onions, aubergines and paprika – making it low in calories (just 48kcal per 100g).

Healthy Indonesian Rendang Curry Sauce

Our most popular sauces is our Family Secret’s Indonesian Rendang Sauce. In 2017, it picked up a Great Taste Award. 

The Rendang dish was traditionally served at ceremonial occasions and to honour guests, but is most commonly served across Malaysia in the Malay community. We draw inspiration from classic Indonesian recipes, using traditional ingredients such as coconut milk, red chinese chillies, turmeric and milled lemongrass. While coconut milk is high in fats, coconut milk actually contains a ‘healthy kind of saturated fat’ that is not harmful to the body. This is what makes our Rendang sauce so healthy!

To find out how to make a Indonesian Rendang Curry, check out our recipes page for pictures of the dishes we created with all our sauces. 

If you’re looking to buy any of our healthy curry sauce options, take a look at our online store here. You can now take advantage of our FREE delivery service when you buy your favourite Family Secret sauces.

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