Curry is an everyday way of cooking in India, using a complex mixture of various spices. When the British came visiting they too liked the curry flavors but apparently the heat was too much, so they came up with Curry powder which is a milder version of the much spicier Indian curry which is Garam masala(literally, a hot mixture). I prefer to cook with Garam Masala but Curry powder comes in handy when i need something light and flavorful and not too overpowering.
Assorted warm spices which includes cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper corns,coriande, cumin, fennel are roasted over low heat and then ground into a fine powder. It is a milder version of garam masala (spice mixture used in Indian curries). Curry powder can make any boring stir fried or roasted vegetable or chicken/meat very flavourful. It packs a punch of warm, spicy and aromatic flavor.
If you have all the ingredients in your hands then it just takes few minutes to make and it will stay fresh for months. I love adding this in roasted vegetables, it just pumps up the flavour and look of the dish. It gives a beautiful yellow tinge, thanks to super healthy turmeric which is full of anti-oxidants.
Yield: about 1 cup
Ingredients for curry powder :-
- 2 sticks of whole cinnamon
- 18 cardamom pods
- 3/4 Tbsp of cloves
- 2 tsp of black pepper corns
- 1.5 Tbsp of cumin seeds
- 2 Tbsp of fennel seeds
- 1/2 cup of coriander seeds
- 1/4 of whole nutmeg
- 2 tsp of black mustard seeds
- 1/4 tsp of fenugreek seeds
- 1 Tbsp of ginger powder
- 1 Tbsp of turmeric powder
Method for making curry powder :-
- Dry roast cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, pepper corns, nutmeg over low- medium heat for 3-4 mins.
- Now add coriander, fenugreek, cumin, mustard and fennel and roast it further for 3-4 minustes until aromatic.
- Take the pan off the heat and add ginger powder and turmeric powder.
- Let it cool down, then put everything in the spice grinder or food processor and grind it to a fine powder.
- Store it in an airtight container.
Curry powder will stay fresh for more than 6 months, if stored properly.
Store it in air tight container and away from light.