I tried making chicken curry yesterday. I used this recipe that I carried with me from when I first moved to my Grad School Stomping Grounds from the Land Of My Birth. It's a recipe from my Mom's cousin D. D. decided somewhere in his mid-30's that he wanted to become a doctor. No decent medical school in the United States would take a man pushing forty, so he ended up studying medicine in India. He left a copy of the recipe with my Mom when he visited us in 1984, shortly after his return to the States.
It was not an especially hot curry, I thought. Eating it did not make me want to down an entire pitcher of water, or anything like that (though it did have some cayenne pepper in it.) It did however, make me break out in a sweat, and a pretty heavy sweat at that. So much so in fact, that Mrs. Geek asked "are you ok?" when she looked over at me just after I finished eating. I did feel a little bit odd... though that might be due the fact that I spent a couple hours cooking with all these aromatic ground spices like ginger, tumeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, and corriander in the kitchen. Mostly I just felt very warm and wet on the surface of my skin... all over my body.
I've always heard that curries were eaten in hot climates to bring a sweat to cool you down. Now I believe it. This curry worked, big time.
on 2006-07-17 at 5:58 p.m.
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