When I first came to US, someone mentioned “I love Indian food, I love curry”. To my surprise and amazement, I had never heard of the word “Curry” as a replacement for all Indian dishes, or Indian food being completely categorized as “Curry”. To most of the Non-Indians, Curry means Chicken Tikka Masala, Vindaloo, Chana Masala, Dal(Lentils), etc. But Curry in literal sense is the gravy or sauce like part of the whole dish. Each Indian dish has a different name and it doesn’t go by the word curry. In fact, there are dishes such as Gobhi Aloo (Cauliflower Potato), Bhindi Masala (Okra), Beans Aloo (Green Beans and Potato), etc. that are really healthy and do not have any curry or gravy. They are made dry with some Indian spices.
Also, curry powder (a mixture of many spices such as turmeric, fenugreek, red chilli, coriander etc.) doesn’t have it’s origin in Indian. Sure, we have a spice mixture called Garam Masala that is used in some of the dishes in India, but Curry Powder – what’s that?
It’s not Chai Tea. It’s just Tea or just Chai
Chai: Traditionally, a hot drink made with water, tea leaves and milk, is the most imperative drink of the day for most of the Indians. Chai in English is called Tea. And when, leading Western coffee companies translate their own version of Chai to gratify the rest of the world’s desire to have Chai, what do they call Chai? – Chai Tea – haha. Please, it’s just Chai. It’s Not Chai Tea. Because Chai is Tea and Tea is Chai. It’s like saying “Ma’am, here is your coffee coffee.” 😉