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curry without curry?

[x-posted to cooking]

I'm allergic to both garlic and onions, and as such I'm allergic to green, red, and yellow curry paste as well as curry powder and garam masala. My boyfriend really likes curry and has asked me if I could make a curry without onion and garlic (because I also can't cook with either). I've never had curry before, so I have no idea what other spices go into it or if it would be possible to produce a curry type meal without using curry powder. We've checked all the pre-packaged curry mixes at Tesco, and all of them had either garlic, onion, or both. I realize this is a lot similar to the post a few weeks back about wanting chili without chili peppers, so I completely expect to be told it's not possible at all, but I saw one of the chefs on Ready,Steady, Cook make one without adding onion or garlic, but the recipe still hasn't been posted to the BBC site. All I remember is coconut milk and 2 red chilies.

Alternately, does anyone have any good Indian cuisine recipes that don't use onion, garlic, garam marsala, or curry powder/paste (or where it can easily be omitted)? I think he'd be happy with anything that resembles Indian cuisine!

Are we doomed?


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Feb. 17th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure, but I think you should be able to try tandoori. It uses a yogurt rub and some spices, but as far as I know, no curry.
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll run a google search for it and see what I can come up with.
Mar. 20th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
I think you need to dissect the curry paste and garam. They are shortcuts that inclu8de the most8 common ingredients. There are lots of curry-ish ingredients to try that don'-t include your triggers. Thai food is going8 to be better for your limits, 8but I8'd check out8 Hare Kris8na cooking because it's alliumfree. My favorites include ginger, black pepper, lemongrass, chilis, coriander, but you need to expe-riment to figure out what ingredients are OK.
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