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Curry Powder

Curry Powder
Curry Powder

Curry Powder

Curry powder is a spice blend that is nowadays known as the spice commonly used in Indian cuisine. It is typically made with a combination of turmeric, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, ginger, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Other spices that may be included in curry powder are cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves.

It was invented by the British in the late 18th century when they colonized India. The British wanted to create a spice blend that would capture the flavor of Indian curries without having to use all of the different spices that are typically used in Indian cuisine.

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How to store Curry Powder?

Curry powders come in a spectrum of spice levels, from mild and aromatic to fiery and intense. When buying curry powder, start with a mild blend if you're new to curry or want a subtle flavor, and graduate to spicier options as your confidence grows.

To store curry powder, keep it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat. A tightly sealed container in the pantry or cupboard is ideal. Curry powder can be stored for up to 2-3 years, but it is best to use it within 6-12 months for the freshest flavor.

What to make with leftover Curry Powder?

Have a big stash of curry powder? Start adding it to all your usual dishes. Add a bit of it to mayonnaise when making sandwiches for a flavorful and versatile spread. Sprinkle a bit of the powder to plain popcorn for a savory snack or to roasted nuts for that delicious and healthy snack.

Sprinkle curry powder on your carpet, leave it for an hour to absorb odors, then vacuum it up. The spices naturally neutralize musty smells.

Mix diluted curry powder with water and spray it around doorways or windowsills to deter ants and other crawling insects. The strong scent acts as a natural repellent.

Food Science

There's no single "authentic" curry powder recipe. The blend varies vastly across regions in India and beyond, with each boasting unique flavor profiles and ingredient combinations.

A chef in India holds the record for the most curry powders in the world, with over 300 unique blends! Talk about a flavor explosion!

Some of the most common types of curry powder are Madras curry powder, Garam Masala, Korma curry, Thai curry, Japanese curry and Jamaican curry powder.

Cooking tips for Curry Powder

Start with a small amount of curry powder and add more to taste. Curry powder can be overpowering if used too much.

Curry powder can be added to dishes at any time during the cooking process. However, it is best to add it early in the cooking process to allow the flavors to develop.

What are the health benefits of Curry Powder?

Curry powder is believed to be a good source of antioxidants and has a number of health benefits, including reducing inflammation, improving digestion, boosting the immune system, protecting against cancer, and improving heart health.

While promising, most research on the health benefits of curry powder is in its early stages, and more studies are needed to confirm these specific effects.

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