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Why does curry sauce need sugar?
« on: September 04, 2005, 04:12:26 PM »
I like to cook with oriental and Asian flavours but I lack the know-how to make the sauces, so I buy ones like Patak's and Sharwoods for Indian dishes and Blue Dragon and King Li for oriental dishes.

Question: does a curry sauce really need sugar?

When Asian or oriental chefs prepare the sauces from the raw ingredients (not catering for the Western palate) do they add sugar to their sauces?  If so, why?

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Re: Why does curry sauce need sugar?
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2005, 04:54:19 PM »
Sugar is not added in Indian cuisine - other than dishes from the state of Gujarat - the Gujarati's add sugar to all their food  :yuck:
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Re: Why does curry sauce need sugar?
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2005, 05:13:29 PM »

Question: does a curry sauce really need sugar?

When Asian or oriental chefs prepare the sauces from the raw ingredients (not catering for the Western palate) do they add sugar to their sauces?  If so, why?



Simply a matter of taste.
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Seriously though, if you have the time and the inclination, try to avoid the processed/packaged goods and create your own curries/sauces.

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Re: Why does curry sauce need sugar?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2005, 12:04:02 AM »
OK thanks.  I somehow doubted that the authentic recipes really used sugar.  It seems highly unnecessary to me.  When I do feel brave enough to do stuff from scratch, I never use sugar or salt.  :yuck:

An ex of mine used to add sugar to his home made bolognese sauce ... sorry but it made the sauce taste disgusting!!!  Again, I'm sure that Italians don't add sugar!  :yuck:

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Re: Why does curry sauce need sugar?
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2005, 12:38:54 AM »
A wee bit of sugar added to a tomato based sauce is good as it kills the sour taste... but anything more than a dash is disgusting  :yuck: :sick:
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Re: Why does curry sauce need sugar?
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2005, 11:49:04 PM »
Maybe that was the idea ... but we're talking tablespoons here!

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Re: Why does curry sauce need sugar?
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2005, 12:29:47 AM »
<shudder>  :yuck: :sick:
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Re: Why does curry sauce need sugar?
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2005, 06:13:05 PM »
Yes, a dash of sugar in tomato sauce can kill the bitterness of the tomato skin and bay leaf while leaving the flavor, but just a dash (unless you're making gallons (liters?) of sauce.  Sometimes I'll use caramelized onions for the same effect.

Salt though is a different story.  There is very little that I cook that I don't put salt in (and fresh ground pepper as well).  I don't mean as a spice, but as an enhancement to bring out the natural flavors of meats and vegetables.  If you put in enough salt for your food to taste 'salty', you've put in way too much.  Usually I use no more than a pinch, and it has to be good quality salt - NEVER iodized table salt (that stuff is just NASTY tasting!).  Kosher salt or sea salt is very good - you'll be surprised how different it tastes from the iodized stuff.

Sugar in a curry?  No.  Salt? Oh, yeah.  Pepper too.

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Re: Why does curry sauce need sugar?
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2015, 06:56:40 PM »
I think Sugar not important to add, I recommend to add Honey instead of sugar