The curry is a pungent mixture of dried, ground spices used to flavor soups, sauces, lamb, shrimp, fish, and other foods. A curry may consist of as few as 5 spices or as many as 50. One of its chief ingredients is turmeric, the aromatic root of a plant raised in China and the East Indies. Other spices used in curry may include coriander, cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, cayenne pepper, pimento, fenugreek, ginger, black pepper, long pepper, cloves, and nutmeg. Curry was first prepared in India.