The Jamaican curry have become entrenched into the island’s cuisine like no other spice. Thanks to the Indians who came to Jamaica in indentured laborers between 1845 to 1917 and just like other migrants who found their way to Jamaica they brought many aspects of their culture with them which all form the rich and diverse society that Jamaica now has.
The Jamaican curry is a blend of many spices with turmeric a native of South Asia and a member of the ginger family playing the dominant role. The yellow color that the Jamaican curry possess is really the turmeric which gives the earthy/mustardy smell.
While there is no hard and fast rule about the ingredients of the Jamaican curry, the one ingredient that is a given is Turmeric. The others are most times if not always included in the finished product but it depends on the manufacturer. Spices such as coriander, cumin, ginger, clove, mustard seeds and all-spice add or minus will result in a unique flavor Jamaican curry.
One cannot escape the curry in Jamaica it is one of those spices that is ubiquitous. It’s been use in the most delicate of Jamaican cuisine to the dishes that call for strong aromatic flavors. Jamaican curry sauce goes well with almost anything, you name it we may just curry it.