Ethnicity should enrich us, it should make us unique in the times of diversity and keep us united and away from division. Apart from Culture, beliefs, Clothing, Food is a major contributor to several Ethnicities. Food is everything Humans are. It is a feeling of specific cultures, personal histories, our province, one’s region, a tribe, religions or even our ancestors.
When talking about food and ethnicity, I don’t have to search for anything as I pick up a dish which is a favorite in our community, Bohras, a rich, affluent and small community with an even richer and ethnic Cuisine. With extensive use of Rice and Curries and Bread, their dishes are unique and matchless in taste, variety and calories as well.
I choose a very elite curry called 'Kaari' , a semi liquid gravy with Meat or Chicken, that has been part of the tradition of this community alone for centuries and has been passed on to generations; and the present generation, despite the culture evolving has accepted the curry with equal awe and admiration.
Kaari is cooked in coconut milk and Kaari masala. Kaari masala can be made by making a paste by mixing nuts and Indian spices in an equal amount. Kari Masala is easily available in most of the Indian grocery shops run by the people of the community here in Kuwait. In India, in Mumbai, there are specials shops in bhindi bazaar which sell all kinds of bohra masalas and pickles, Kaari masala is their best seller. If not, you can check the recipe for kaari masala on the internet, or wait till I post the recipe soon.