Welcome to the Tamil Curry World

A New Beginning

The history of curry is deep and complex. 

First of all, the English dictionaries indicate that the Tamil word, Curry came into the English Language in the 16th century, via Portuguese.

Curry is a worldwide phenomenon. Over thousands of years, traders from many countries, including Europe, visited the areas of the world where the native Tamils lived, to buy or barter spices, mainly black pepper. By the same token, Tamil merchants traveled to many countries as well. As a result, curry spread all over the world.

This was the Pre-chili era of the history of curry.

The Post-Chili era began with the arrival of the Portuguese with chili. The Portuguese colonized one of the two habitats of the Tamils. For 300 long years Portuguese and Dutch who followed them, developed the curry further along with the Tamils. This development occurred before the arrival of the British to the area.

This habitat of the Tamils was not part of today’s India.

Chili dethroned the black pepper and its reign over curry and this reign will continue into the foreseeable future. It was Portuguese and more specifically, Vasco da Gama brought it to the Tamils and to the curry world.

However, no credit was given to another important person who could have gone to the grave without having any idea of it.

it was Christopher Columbus. The book will discuss this too in details.

Vasco da Gama in Lisbon, Portugal

The British, who was the last European colonial power to, rule these two habitats of the Tamils, but separately. 

The pre-chili and post-chili eras of curry history are at least 2000 years long. Like that of the pre-chili era, in the post-chili era too, the curry was introduced to other countries. This time it was with the chili infusion.

The colonial powers had taken this as part of their trading activities. The British, following the abolition of slavery,  have taken the Tamils to other colonies and so curry spread that way too. The book will let you read all this fascinating history.

What you see here are three simple recipes. However, we are aiming to bring out a fully-fledged curry-making course to introduce healthy, real, and ancient curry culture to your kitchen all for a great price.