The term “curry” dates back to British rule in India, when anything that was spicy was given such a label. While many Brits still use the name to describe any Indian food, most Indian restaurants in the West have settled on the slightly more specific definition of a vegetable, meat, or seafood dish served with a sauce made from pungent spices and herbs. But the word is rarely used in India. There, the sheer number of possible spice combinations instead merits individual titles—vindaloo and masala are two that may be the most familiar to Western diners. Whatever you call them, these traditional Indian dishes are enjoyed throughout the country, including at some of the best Indian restaurants in DC.
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