Madras curry is curry (a sauce made from curry powder) characteristic of Madras (the former name of a large city in India, now called Chennai), located on the Coromandel Coast bordering the Bay of Bengal. The ingredients of curry powder include: chilli powder, turmeric, ground pepper and ginger, cumin and coriander. The powder (and curry sauce) of madras curry has a distinctive red appearance. There are other types and colors of Indian curry. Madras curry sauce is the centerpiece of any dish it’s served in.
Even cauliflower, a somewhat overlooked vegetable, can attain royal status when dipped in spicy madras red curry. The seasoning stands up to the extra creativity of a chef. Add a bit of crunch with nuts: almonds or even pistachios. Add a little chew: raisins or maybe pitted dates. Build on the cauliflower by adding rice to damm the curry sea so the bite-sized portions of cauliflower become islands
plate. Scatter cilantro leaves over a cup to lure the uninformed (some patrons think you’ve created a Mexican dish). When adding the rice, be sure to choose the thin, flavorful grains of basmati rice, the centuries-old rice grown in India. Your guests will ask you, and you’d rather say, “Of course the rice is basmati,” than say, “Um, bass what?” If you share this excellent dish with others, consider teaching them about the history of Madras.
It was once the capital of the Honorable East India Company (HEIC), also known as the British East India Company, which existed for 200 years. If your guests are from India, don’t talk about the HEIC. You won’t want to hear it. Remember that the people of India abandoned the name Madras for Chennai.
Did you know that the Christian Bible contains a quote from God about the gift of grain (like rice) as food? Look up a verse in Genesis 1:29. Have you ever wondered who heard and wrote such words? god? Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. God instructed him to bring the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egypt to a land he had promised to the children of Abraham.
The journey took 40 years because it took so long for people to turn to God, even though they saw His presence all that time. Moses had enough time and opportunity to write what God wanted of the Hebrews (and all of us) to know who he is and what we mean to him.