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Curries cool enough to eat in the summer

Curries cool enough to eat in the summer

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Summer is coming to Asia. This means heat, humidity and rain. The change in season will also bring a slight change to what people are eating. Although hot and spicy food is notoriously linked to hot climate countries, like most of Asia, you will find that people will still eat these types of dishes even in the middle of summer.

Curry is a common style of dish that is made and eaten across many Asian countries. There is a large spectrum of different types and ingredients added to a curry dish. Many countries have created versions of a curry where the flavours have been 'cooled down' to produce a refreshing and tasty dish that can be enjoyed in summer. Here are our top 5 curries that should keep you nice and cool in summer. 


1. Malaysian Chicken Curry Laksa


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This milky chicken and noodle laksa is quick and delicious. It's pact full of fresh ingredients like bean sprouts, spring onions, coriander and fried shallots. The curry offers a soup-like consistency and is the perfect comfort food to slurp up in summer. 


2. Lauki Aloo Sabzi (Potato Vegetable Curry)

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Lauki Aloo Sabzi is an Indian one pot dish that can be made in a pressure cooker. The potato vegetable curry is lightly spiced but very filling. The curry can be served with fluffy white rice or accompanied with a meat dish.  


3. Massaman Beef Curry

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This rich and fragrant, but relatively mild Thai curry combines coconut cream and coconut milk with potatoes, tender beef chunks and onions. The dish also includes a creamy peanut or cashew sauce that is best accompanied with a bowl of coconut rice to soak up all the flavour.


4. Japanese Curry

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Japanese curry is a very popular dish in Japan and very different from Indian curries. It's generally thicker and sweeter than other curries you would normally find throughout Asia, but it's just as delicious. The curry acts more like a gravy that generously covers crumbed chicken and rice. 


5. Creamy Indonesian Curry with Fish

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This Indonesian curry combines creamy coconut and tangy lemongrass with tender fish to create a vibrant, yellow curry sauce. Using fish as the protein makes the curry light and adds a natural saltiness to the dish. 


Enjoy delicious curries any time of the year by using Asian Home Gourmet's range of spice pastes to easily create the authentic flavours of Indian, Indonesian and Singaporean cooking. You can check out the full range of products and recipes at Asian Home Gourmet.  

How do countries in Asia celebrate the summer solstice?

How do countries in Asia celebrate the summer solstice?

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Summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and the shortest night. It usually occurs between June 20 and 22 in the Northern Hemisphere. This first day of summer is celebrated all around the globe, and is done so differently in each country.


China

In ancient China, the summer solstice is celebrated in honour of the earth, femininity and the force known as 'yin'. Which lies in harmony with the celebration of the winter solstice, which masculinity and 'yang' is praised. Tribes traditionally participate in a ritual in which couples would jump through the fames of a fire pit, to predict how high the crops would grow that year.


 

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Japan

The summer solstice in Japan is a time of purification of soul and body. The ritual "Geshisai" is an annual event at Futami Okitami shrine, where hundreds of people in white step into the sea to purify their body and soul as the sun rises between a pair of sacred rocks. These two rocks are called Meotoiwa or Wedded Rocks, as the bigger (male) rock and the smaller (female) rock are tied with five sacred straw ropes.


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India

In India the summer solstice coincides with the international day of yoga, which is widely participated throughout the country through mass yoga sessions. Adiyogi, who is known to be the first yogi, is believed to have met his disciplines on the summer solstice. Celebrants of both events honour the day by practicing body-mind discipline.

If you can't visit these Asian countries during summer solstice, celebrate the day in the comfort of your own home! Check out our website and see how you can replicate the authentic experience of Asian cuisine here.


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