This is the first in a series of discovery about Combination Spices that seriously busy cooks have come to depend upon. It’s always good to know how to get there from scratch, “just in case”.
Let’s take a look at some of the spice combinations that come put together to make up specific flavor profiles beginning with Curry (Curry Powder).
CURRY: Often mistaken as a single spice, Curry (curry powder) is a combination of the warm spices coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger, cloves, and chili and/or cayenne peppers, depending on the level of heat you want in your curry. Commercially prepared combination vary greatly and it is actually quite a gratifying project to gather the individual ingredients and make up your own batches until you get the combination that suits your palate perfectly. The following recipe is just a suggestion of a starting place.
- 1 Tbsp. turmeric
- 2 bay leaves (lower stem removed, broken into pieces)
- 3 Tbsp. whole toasted or ground coriander
- 2 Tbsp. toasted cumin seed or ground cumin
- 2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground white pepper (or whole white peppercorns if you can find them)
- 1 to 3 tsp. chili flakes OR cayenne pepper, depending on how spicy you want it
- pinch ground cloves or 1 whole clove
Place the ingredients together in a coffee grinder and grind to a fine powder. Store airtight until ready to use.
Look forward to our next edition: Chinese Five Spice
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