Welcome to Food in Focus. Each week we will post about different food from around the world, explaining what it is, where it comes from, where you can eat it and how to make it yourselves! This week we are exploring the Indian Subcontinent to discover the real taste of korma!
What is korma?
In the UK, the classic Chicken Korma is seen as a mild curry dish for those who are not well versed with hot and spicy food, and is one of the most popular takeaway dishes. The real korma however is much more interesting!
Records of Korma in one shape or form go back centuries and is associated with the royal courts of India. The essential dish is braised meat with spices, yogurt, dried fruit and nuts. Across Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, korma’s will vary in taste and heat however the overriding spice will be chilli powder which gives it the rich colour. This in turn provides more of a spicy kick than the popular takeaway version and is an absolute sensation!
Where does korma come from?
Korma is a staple meal across the Indian subcontinent. Originating from the north, it is now widely consumed across the region and the influence of southern India has seen the addition of coconut to many korma’s.
Where can I eat Pad Thai?
To get a taste of the real thing, you will need to head south of the Himalayas. If you visit India on the traditional tourist trail around the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Agra, Delhi and Jaipur, you will be in classic korma territory so will not miss out, though avoid the tourist restaurants which may offer a more westernised version of the dish and seek out the spots where the locals are eating.
Exploring the rest of India, from the north right down to Thiruvananthapuram on the Kerala coast in the south, you will find korma in most restaurants. get stuck in and explore for yourself how the different regions make the korma their own.
How can I make a great korma?
Take a look at our recipe page and you will find a great recipe for a traditional korma alongside food from the rest of the world. Enjoy!