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This is my masala (aka 'spice mix" or "mix powder" or "curry powder") that I have been using for sometime now. It is based on the basic spices that I personally like in a curry. I use it in my curry base and in my main curries:Ingredients:4 tbsp tumeric powder3 tbsp coriander powder (ground seeds is best)3 tbsp sweet paprika powder2 tbsp cumin powder (ground seeds is best)1 tbsp garlic powder1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves (crushed/rubbed using fingers)0.5 tsp ginger powder0.5 tsp cardamon powder0.5 tsp fenugreek powderMethod:Simply mix all of the ingredients and store in a dry, sterile, airtight container in a cool, dark place.Please try it and let me know how you find it. Grinding fresh coriander seeds and cumin seeds (no need to roast them beforehand) makes a load of difference to the smell and taste.
I would strongly disagree with you on one point, and that is the roasting of the Coriander and Cumin seeds prior to grinding them.
And as I use quite a lot of Coriander and Cumin, I find that it doesn't go off if I dry roast it first, it just enhances the flavour....
I started to grind some coriander seeds last Saturday, then thought, hang on, why not dry fry them first, which I did and the difference was amazing.
Quote from: 976bar on September 22, 2009, 04:14 PMI started to grind some coriander seeds last Saturday, then thought, hang on, why not dry fry them first, which I did and the difference was amazing.Hang on! You said that you only started to do this last Saturday (i.e. 3 days ago!)! I've been doing it for over 20 years! :
This is my masala (aka 'spice mix" or "mix powder" or "curry powder") that I have beePlease try it and let me know how you find it.
have u tried normal paprika (i ask as i've not seen sweet, but i guess i've not looked out for it)
on the cardamon i guess i can just grind up from a complete whole husk (ie green pod as opposed to the black seeds within) . i know ground cardamom is available for ease but i have the husks to hand
the fenugreek is certainly different. is there any background to it's inclusion.