Creating Your Own Curry Powder Blends

Since I will be featuring Ayurvedic recipes in the next few postings, I thought I would copy and paste info on curry powder with just one recipe example.  You can buy a curry powder mixture from almost any food store. Below is just one site that I found that explains how to make your own, which I do for my kitchari recipe and other dishes, as well.

If you want an Ayurvedic recipe that fits your dosha (constitution), there are pre-mixed spices from The Chopra Center which are available through the Center or from my Ayurvedic practitioner whose website is: kalyanacenter.com. More on these specific spices in a future posting. This is just an introduction and sample recipe. Experimenting on your own is always fun, as well.


Here is a photo of my curry whole-spice blend mixed with yellow split mung beans. You can also use powdered spices.
For my own curry powder mix, go to my kitchari recipe: http://www.menupause.info/archives/15343. I just put the list of spices in bold so they are easy to spot in the ingredients list.

Curry Powder is a mix of spices which varies from cook to cook. Native to India, the recipes for these mixtures are often passed down within families and can vary widely from region to region. The spice mixture itself, is put together from a blend of various other spices so there is no actual, cultivating, growing and harvesting of curry. Rather it is up to the spice maker to acquire each of the different spices.

While the individual spices that go into curry powder can vary, some popular additions include turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, coriander, ginger, garlic, fennel seed, cinnamon, clove, green cardamom, mustard seed, mace, nutmeg, long pepper, red pepper and black pepper. While all these different spices are usually not used at once, a curry spice could contain any combination of the above, and anything else the cook sees fit!

Turmeric is the most common ingredient in curry powder and is actually what gives it a golden yellow color. In Western cuisine, curry powder usually includes turmeric, chili, mustard, salt, pepper, fenugreek, cumin and coriander. In India, however, mixtures can include up to 20 or more different spices and can be red, yellow, or brown.

Depending on the desired outcome, a spice maker may consider any number of spices for producing curry powder for cooking. To tailor make cury be sure to mix spices in regular and limited proportions to avoid any one spice from taking over the mixture. To mix up a curry powder, assemble desired spices and mix them in a blender or pepper mill. In some cases, they may need to be pounded, sifted or dried as well. When done, be sure to store the resulting curry in an airtight container (in the obligatory dark cool place). Spices can lose their aroma and taste over time. They can lose their color when exposed to light.

Below is a common curry powder recipe that can be used as a base upon which to build:

Ingredients
1/8 cup turmeric powder
3 teaspoons whole cardamom seeds
3 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
3 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Directions:
Lightly toast the cardamom, coriander, and cumin seeds. Then grind them up in a coffee grinder. Now, in a jar add the remaining spices. Shake until components are thoroughly mixed.

The source for this info is from a website called www.indepthinfo.com/curry. Very interesting article that includes the history of curry powder.




3 Responses to “Creating Your Own Curry Powder Blends”

  1. Mary-Lou Meyers Says:

    Thanks for the information, I never knew that “curry” powder could contain some or all of the ingredients you mentioned. I guess you can then make it up according to the needs of your
    constitution. I guess there is a great deal of history involved in any national spice.

  2. Honey Says:

    Tx for this info. Sounds like delicious fun! ;-)

  3. ellen sue spicer Says:

    de nada! es

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