@Tes yeux noirs,
I think I consider it that way too, but I've seen it listed both ways, and I'm a known long time recipe scrounger, first from cookbooks, then after the internet, even more so, including recipes from India and elsewhere far away from my kitchen.
I pretty much don't care. I consider the mix of spices as curry, and the whole dish of a spicy curry (mix) sauce with added featured ingredient such as chicken or fish or whatever, as curry. On the mixes, I presently have 3 commercial curry mixes in my kitchen spice cart, plus a whale of a bottle of turmeric by itself. Yeah, that goes into scrambled eggs, but also much else - say, when I saute diced sweet green peppers in a light layer of oil and whatever spices I feel like adding.
First time I tried a curry (as in a bowl of it) was when a friend and I started an art studio and art gallery, also lived there, in a large space over three business spaces. One of those was an indian restaurant that featured curries. Meantime, to pay our lease money, we took in a theater group (wherein I met my future husband). At some point, business partner/friend and I tried the restaurant below. I flipped with the unbelievable shock, which makes me laugh all these years later.
I'm embarrassed to say that the theater group put on a play (I totally forget the subject/plot) where at one point they had a loud blasting tape of a train racing by. That poor restaurant. I don't remember apologizing, to my shame now. I think I probably didn't know the effect that had until that particular play had passed.
Yes, ehBeth, 40+ years ago.