Regional Indian Recipes for Curry Powder

Regional Indian Recipes for Curry Powder

Recipes for curry powder vary all over India and are suitable for different dishes, so I’m going to put a couple here and add more as I find them so to keep up to date, subscribe to my feed.

If you intend to grind your own spices, I highly recommend that you invest a very small amount in an Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder, which will save you a lot of time and elbow grease.

Keralan Spice Powder for Lamb

Dry fry or fry in 1 tbsp oil the following spices then grind.

2.5cm cinnamon stick
10 cloves
3 tbsp coriander seeds
5 dried red chillies
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
6 cardamom pods

If you don’t want the remains of the cardamom pods in your spice mix, remove the seeds before grinding and discard the pods.

Punjabi Spice Mix for Chicken Kebabs

1 tsp cardamom seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
¼ nutmeg
5cm cinnamon stick 6 cloves

Mix and grind.

Gujerati Nut and Seed Spice Mixture

2 tbsp raw cashew nuts
2 tbsp charoli (see explanation below)
1.5 tbsp roasted peanuts
1.5 tbsp roasted chick peas or chana dal (yellow split peas)
1.5 tbsp watermelon seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
7 cloves
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp ground coriander
2.5cm cinnamon stick
6 dried hot red chillis
0.25 tsp ground turmeric

Grind to a fine powder in a coffee grinder.

Charoli (also called chironji) are seeds of Buchanania lanzan used as a cooking spice primarily in India. Charoli are tiny almond-flavoured dried seeds of a bush called Buchanania lanzan, which is cultivated across India, primarily in the northwest. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Spice Powder for Lamb Curry from Tamil Nadu

1tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp poppy seeds
3 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp paprika
0.5tsp ground turmeric

Grind the fennel and poppy seeds and add to the powdered spices.

Spice Powder for Steak from West Bengal

1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp brown mustard seeds
0.5 tbsp ground turmeric
1 tsp cayenne pepper

Grind to a fine powder and mix with the following, ground to a paste

7.5 cm piece root ginger, peeled and chopped
8 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped


Garam Masala Recipes

Garam Masala Recipes

A much used spice mix, usually incorporated towards the end of cooking time, is Garam Masala (which actually means hot spice) and there are probably as many Garam Masala recipes as there are families in India.

One of my favourite cookery writers is Madhur Jaffrey and in her book Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery, she recommends the following:

1 tbsp cardamom seeds
A 2 inch (5cm) stick of cinnamon
1 tsp black cumin seeds
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp black peppercorns
¼ of an average-sized nutmeg

Finely grind all the spices together and store in an air-tight jar in a cool dark place.

Another recipe uses rather more ingredients as follows:

1 tsp coriander seeds
1tsp cumin seeds
½ a dried chilli
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp black peppercorns
1tbsp cardamom pods
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 fairly large bayleaf

Remove the seeds from the cardamom pod and if you don’t want a hot mix, the seeds from the dried chilli. As before, grind finely and store carefully.

For a slightly different, more aromatic flavour, dry roast the spices first in a frying pan.



Recipe for Channa Masala

1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2/3 tsp black cardamom seeds
1/3 tsp yellow cardamom seeds
1 2/3 tsp black peppercorns
2 – 3 dried red chillies
1/3 tsp whole cloves
pinch ground ginger
pinch mace
pinch ground nutmeg
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 tsp amchoor (mango) powder

Dry roast the seeds, peppercorns, chillies and cloves in a large frying pan over low heat until they begin to brown. Transfer to an electric coffee grinder with the ground spices and grind to a fine powder.

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Spices in Indian Curry

Spices in Indian Curry

India – long identified for its spices more than anything else, still stands as a signal post for all that relates to spice today. In the past, many a country gave in to the lure of spice and did their best to invade this country. It is this very lure of spice that led to the discovery of the Americas as well. Rather than go into the ‘spice’ history, I have decided to do a short article on some of the major spices of India with a few relevant details.

Spices, something that none of us can go without these days, have ruled over the minds and hearts of men and women for quite a while now. Even today, spices would be perhaps one of the foremost things that most of the world would associate with the sub-continent.

Here is my list of some of the top 10 spices from India.

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The Many Benefits of Turmeric

The Many Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and it has blessed mankind with its manifold uses since times ancient. One will find turmeric in almost every household of the Oriental countries. Turmeric being easily available in Asia, the Asians are quite aware of the benefits of turmeric.

The rhizome of the turmeric is first boiled, then dried and ground into an orange powder – which is the most common form of turmeric available.

Mainly used as a culinary spice in South Asian and Middle-Eastern cuisines, there are many other benefits of turmeric when it comes to food. Turmeric holds its significance since the Medieval period where it was used as a substitute of expensive Indian saffron. Turmeric imparts rich yellow color to food stuff. To give boiled rice a golden color, rice is heated with turmeric in South Africa. E-100 is what its called when turmeric is used as a food additive. The pigment in turmeric is curcumic. Turmeric is an important ingredient in curry powder. Pickles are also made out of turmeric. Momos (dumplings) a hot-favorite in the Chinese and Nepalese cuisine is also spiced with turmeric. Turmeric gives flavor to numerous recipes. It is used to make a special sweet in Karnataka.

Turmeric possesses a lot of nutritional value – 6.3g protein, 3.5g minerals, 6.94g carbohydrates, 2.6g fibre, 349 kcal.

When it comes to Ayurveda, turmeric plays a dominant role there too. It is applied as an antiseptic for cuts, burns, and bruises. It can also be used as an antibacterial. Researches have revealed that in some particular cases turmeric can be taken as a dietary supplement.

There are numerous benefits of turmeric when it comes to the medicinal arena. It has the ability to cure stomach aches, skin problems, gastro-intestinal problems. Medicinal experiments depict that turmeric can show possible benefits in Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, childhood leukaemia.

Turmeric is nature’s most powerful healer since 2500 years. When combined with cauliflower it prevents prostrate cancer and prevents advancing of breast cancer. It helps in weight management, and for this reason is consumed as a tea in Japan. It is a natural liver detoxifier, a natural pain-killer and has shown considerable results in reducing the side-effects of a chemo drug – Paclitayel.

Where health is considered an asset for a nation, turmeric comes with immense medicinal value to help man. It can be taken either in powder or in pill form. The most recently found out advantage of the turmeric is that it enhances brain derived neutrophic (BDN) factor, which supports nerve growth.

Beauty – the feminine world considers it an asset and is constantly striving to enhance it and maintain it. When it comes to beauty care and cosmetics turmeric is no less in that field too. Juice of raw turmeric enhances glow of skin. It reduces the growth of body hair, and gives a soft, fair, smooth skin texture. It reduces spots, blotches and pigmentation. It acts as a natural sunscreen, as it contains THC (tetrahydrocurocuminoids) – which is a powerful antioxidant.

It has a lot of traditional value too – a Bengali marriage is incomplete without the ritual of ‘gaye holud’ – where the bride and the groom are bathed with turmeric paste and water. For Pongal turmeric is used as a decorative purpose. In the south the poor families use dried turmeric tied in a string as the ‘thali’ necklace for their marriage.

Turmeric is a poor fabric dye used in coloring mainly Indian saris. It helps deter ants, it helps keep crocodiles and snakes away. It can be used as an effective medication at times of snake-bites. It is used for Chemical Acid Alkali tests and Boric Acid test. In fact, turmeric is even used to plug radiator leaks in water-cooled radiators. Turmeric Benefits are innumerable!!!

If you choose to use this spice as a daily supplement, then I would advise that you use the following iherb coupon to save money on all your health and wellness needs when shopping online. Experience the benefits of turmeric today!