Curry is an anglicized from of the “Dravidian word kaṟi’’ meaning sauce mainly in Malyalam, Kannada, Kodava. The establishment of Mughal Empire in the early 15th century immensely influenced Indian curries.
Especially The Emperor Shah Jahan When came to power, His first step was to enlarge the menu devised by his father and grandfather. He instructed his cooks to add more of spices like haldi, jeera and dhania to Royal Curries Recipe for their medicinal properties.
Interestingly, his cooks also added red chili powder to keep evil spirits at bay!
It was during the reign of Shah Jahan that the Mughal cuisine reached its zenith.