first....what exactly is curry?  well, i guess there isn't an 'exactly' associated with it!  when i was young and my knowledge and palate were very limited, i thought there was only one type of curry and it came from one whole spice.  boy was i wrong!  there are TONS of different curry powders and pastes to create curry dishes.  spices, peppers,and tons of other things create a curry.  they are mostly used in Indian and Thai cooking.  i like the pastes.  there are sweeter curry pastes, like massaman curry, made with cinnamon, sugar, and lemongrass, and there are spicier curry pastes, like penang or red/green curry, made with a variety of dried hot chilies.  one of my faves is penang, it is a little spicy with a touch of sweetness.  pastes are best used with coconut milk.*  you can also do the powders, but then you should probably add other flavorings like garlic, ginger, fish sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, and/or chili sauce.  if you have an Asian market in your town, they will DEFINITELY have canned curry pastes.  In Athens, you gotta go to Fooks Food.  they have at least 8 different kinds! 

so much flavor in one little can!

*the best way, i think, to enjoy curry is to do a coconut curry veggie stir fry and serve it over sticky rice or rice noodles.  you can do it with chicken, seafood, or tofu/tempeh. 

make this version by sauting up 1/2 sweet red pepper, 2 carrots, and a bunch of kale in a little coconut oil (you can use olive oil) in a large skillet over medium high heat until they are fork tender, transfer the veggies to a plate and add 1/2 a can of curry paste (this is for two people...use the entire can to serve 4-6, freeze remaining paste in foil) and one can coconut milk to pan, whisk to combine and cook on medium heat until smooth and creamy, then add 6oz cooked protein (if using chicken or seafood, saute it earlier with the veggies) and veggies back into pan, mix to coat, and cook another 5 minutes.  divide up over cooked rice or noodles.  

i used tempeh this time, which is fermented soybeans and grains.   this is another wonderful way to get your greens!

what's your favorite curry?