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Next up for my DIY culinary herb and spice blends, in collaboration with Mountain Rose Herbs: Golden Curry Powder
There is something altogether unique about the scent of curry. It is warm, spicy, exotic. But, so often, I find the flavor packaged, premade, curry powder blends to be bland, stale, and lacking in dimension. I want more out of my curry powder. I want it to transport me to a spice market in a faraway place, to travel by way of flavor. That said, custom blending the complex, traditional flavors each time I want to spike a dish with a curry kick is a bit of a hassle. Creating a go-to curry powder blend satisfies both my need for intense flavor and practical convenience.
Truth be told, there are countless, limitless variations on the curry theme. Mine will hardly be anything new, or unexpected. But it will be good. And it will be pungent. The secret always comes from using high quality freshly ground spices like those that I get with Mountain Rose Herbs. This golden curry powder blend is as vibrant as it is flavorful.
Turmeric, ginger, and fenugreek seem the undisputed triumvirate of curry flavor – and they have a coveted spot in this blend. Cumin, coriander and a pinch of cayenne add complexity by way of earth, citrusy, and heat. Traditional “chai” style spices of cardamom, black pepper, and cinnamon offer the exotic flavors and aromatics that make this curry powder blend special.
This curry powder blend makes a typical quick weeknight meal a bit more exciting. Simple basmati rice can become a golden pilaf tossed with toasted almonds, dried currants, and fresh chopped parsley. Plain Greek yogurt can become the perfect foil to shredded chicken inside a wrap for a meal on the go. A few veggies, a can of coconut milk, and a handful of peeled shrimp make a super quick coconut curry soup. All with a spoonful of this fragrant golden goodness.
The big secret to making this blend great is getting your hands on fresh, whole spices. While you certainly can make a similar blend with pre-ground spices, your curry powder will remain fresher and more pungent when you grind your own.
Golden Curry Powder
The secret to this delicious golden curry powder blend is in the spices. Grinding whole spices creates a DIY curry that's vibrant, flavorful & pungent.
- 1/2 cup turmeric root granules
- 2 tablespoons ginger root granules
- 2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
- 1 tablespoon coriander seed
- 1 tablespoon green cardamom pods
- 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
- 1/2 tablespoon cumin seed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
Grind all whole spices to a fine powder. Combine and mix well. Store in a tightly lidded jar, in a cool dark place for up to a year.