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Indian Curry, Cuisine and Culture

>>adapted from Martin Versfeld's The Philosopher's Cookbook<<
If you want to understand a people you must understand its food production, cooking and eating. Cuisine is closely tied up with religion, philosophy and art. If you wish to study Chinese thought you must take an intelligent interest in Chinese agriculture and cooking....The ecumenical problem is the problem of how to eat with others, how to borrow ingredients and techniques from others and how to be ethnic without being exclusive. The possibility of living on American bread is not unrelated to the question of living with Americans.

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A recipe, which is a way in which you deal with Lao Tzu's Ten Thousand Things, is also a lifestyle. If you can get your ingredients to be and know and love themselves, they will ascend as a sweet savour from the altar which is your dining table. Reverence the food you prepare and eat, and suffuse your life with joy and love.

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Posted by jackicam • 4y ago • Report
Can you please simplify the ingredients (...and the dialogue) for the confused masses who will view your recipe with disdain. 'Cause us simple folk sure as heck wanna make a good curry ; )
Posted by smallest forest • 4y ago • Report
Peace! So sorry if you're confused, but I didn't make all of this up and have quite a large collection of resources (that I love to cook from) that combine cooking, life, and philosophy in this way...I guess I'm not the only one who enjoys this sort of creative openness? An experienced cook does not really NEED a direction like "8 g. turmeric powder to 160 ml. of stock" to produce a satisfactory result, as I'm sure you know, we taste and deviate all the time, anyway. And for the inexperienced cooks? The good news is that if you Google search "Indian+curry+recipe" you get 13,400,000 results! So there is, theoretically, one curry recipe for almost every man, woman and child in Australia! Or, from another angle, you could cook one curry recipe every single day for the next 36 thousand years! There's bound to be one or two there that you'll be happy with. ;D Enjoy!
Posted by jackicam • 4y ago • Report
: ) I grew up in a household that never cooked curries so ingredients and quantities don't come naturally to me. I do appreciate proper instruction in this case so I don't muck it up. I'd love to cook authentic curries with multiple depths of flavour but I need direction.
Posted by Huda Abu Hamdia • 4y ago • Report
mmmm.. this sounds ymmy.. I like to try curry dishes.. they are always so delicious .. I even add curry to eggs when i jsut make it scrambled mixed with some chopped susage, it gives a unique taste which i love..
Thanks for posting...
Posted by smallest forest • 4y ago • Report
Thanks, Huda! There must be as many curries as there are people who make curry, it is a good dish for exploring things!
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