curry powder substitute

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A taste of the Raj – Kedgeree for breakfast


Kedgeree is a British breakfast dish consisting of smoked fish, boiled eggs and curried rice. Though it doesn’t initially sound like a British dish, smoked kippers have long been a part of British breakfasts and as I have mentioned before, curry is truly the national dish of the UK. During the time of the British Raj …

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What? Madras is not an authentic Indian curry

Madras Curry

Madras is another example of a curry that is unknown in Indian. It gets its name from the city of Madras (now Chennai) in the South of Indian, but it was name used by the British from when they arrived in 1604, to describe all dishes in the region around the city. In his 1903 …

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Curry – A truly British Dish

British Indian Restaurant Curry

There are many dishes from many cuisines that nowadays are called curry, but the word ‘curry‘ is derived from the Tamil word ‘kari’, meaning a spiced dish of sautéed vegetables and meat. Members of the British East India company who traded with Tamil merchants came to enjoy their particular blend of spices called ‘kari pod’, …

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Coronation chicken vol-au-vents

Coronation chicken vol-au-vents

Vol-au-vents are little puff pastry cases invented in Paris around 1800 by Antonin Carême, known as the the ‘King of Chefs, and the Chef of Kings’. The name literally means ‘blown by the wind’. They have been popular in the UK as canapés and are fairly easy to get a hold of in most supermarkets, …

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What is in your spice rack?


What is in your spice rack? Too much? Too little? Too old? Not enough? When have I ever used this spice or herb? For what recipe did I need this ingredient? Is this spice even good any more? I admit when I took an inventory of the spices and herbs that I have in my …

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Curry powder as a product is largely unknown in the Indian sub-continent as most families make their own, usually fresh as they need it. The pre-made spice mixes that we find in Western supermarkets are a pale comparison the freshly made mixes that not only had layers of smell, but also depths of flavor. Similarly the supermarkets are full of different versions of from madras, tikka masala, rendang, yellow curry, vindaloo, etc, etc, not to mention the various curry pastes, and curry spices for different curries from around the world such as East Asia, Middle East, West Indies,  Africa, and the UK.

Most commercial basic curry powders use a blend of the following spices coriander, cumin, turmeric, & chili, but can also contain some of the following fenugreek, cinnamon, black pepper, fennel seed, clove, mustard seed, ginger, garlic, caraway, asafoetida, or nutmeg.

If you have the inclination then try and blend your own curry powder, you’ll be presently surprised at how much you’ll be able to taste the difference.

Curry Powder Substitute

Curry Powder Substitute

Curry Powder Replacement Basic Recipe

  • 2 tbsp of ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp of ground coriander
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 0.5 tsp of ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp of ground cardamom

Mix together all of the spices and use as per needed.

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