Sometimes I see a red film on top of my curry. It’s like a grainy layer of film. I don’t think it’s fat because the curry is too hot to solidify by this time. I’m wondering if it’s powder clogging together? In any case I do think the curry hadbrbb cooked properly. What is this film?

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    How can a film be grainy? Not trying to be picky, just can’t picture it. – Spagirl Nov 20 '19 at 19:19
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    A picture would help as your description seems to contradict itself. To me it just sounds like some fat rising to the surface. I see things like that in some dishes not infrequently. Depends on the fat content of the ingredients. – Steve Chambers Nov 20 '19 at 20:15
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    Oil floats on water. – Johannes_B Nov 21 '19 at 5:13
  • Possibly related: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/103601/… – Upper_Case Nov 21 '19 at 20:16

This really sounds like a layer of fat/oil floating on top, with some "graininess" from spices or other particles floating in it. The curry being hot is if anything part of why this happens: oil/melted fat floats on water.

As noted in the comments, the description could be clearer, and so it's possible this is incorrect, but that's a very common thing to see on top of curries, and rich stews in general.

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