Did you know that curry powder is not the staple used in traditional Indian dishes? Curry powder is actually a spice blend developed by the British to achieve the taste essence of Indian cooking easily. This mixture of spices that end up with a yellow hue is often mistaken for the popular Indian stew of meat and vegetables, also known as “curry”. But make no mistake, “curry” stews are mainly cooked with the Indian spice blend, Garam Masala, and not with curry powder.
One of curry powder’s major ingredients is turmeric, which accounts for its yellow colour. Other spices may include ginger, cinnamon, garlic, cloves, mustard seed, black pepper, and fennel seed. Spice blends may vary according to preference, but the essential taste of curry powder remains distinctively the same.
The Difference Between Curry Powder and Garam Masala:
Curry powder and garam masala are both spice blends that bring depth and complex flavour to a dish. Their difference lies in the taste. Curry powder has a milder blend of flavour obtained from spices like fenugreek, cumin and coriander. Garam masala is sweeter and more pungent due to spices incorporated in it like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, mace, and cloves, coriander and cumin.
Uses of Curry Powder:
Curry powder may not be used in traditional Indian cooking, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed. Many dishes can become tastier with a sprinkle of curry powder added to them, such as vegetables, soups, dips and salads. You may even use curry powder in marinating meat, for that extra flavour burst in your viand.
Curry powder cooks best with liquids like coconut milk and yogurt, so cooking a stew this way is definitely a must-do in your menu. This wonderful spice blend works best for slower cooked recipes, to give it time to release its flavours.
Combining both sweet and savoury elements, curry powder adds richness to dishes and provides a quick flavour boost to almost any dull dish… which for us, makes curry powder a definite kitchen essential.
Choose from Curry Corner’s finest selection of curry powder to give your dishes that signature flavour of India. Our curry powder blends range from mild to hot, and include Indian, Sri Lankan, and even our very own unique and bestselling house blend.
When it comes to a reliable Indian spice store in Melbourne, you don’t have to look further, because we have everything Indian that you need. While you’re at it, you may even want to try our selection of meat and vegetable curries, hailed for years as the best curry in Melbourne. Shop online on our website or visit our store today.
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