Spice Mix: Indian Cuisine

Indian Cuisine

Chicken with green curry sauce

Chicken with green curry sauce

India is a large area divided into many regions;  each influenced by British, Portuguese and Mongolian occupation. Expect a wide variety of spicy tastes  and traditions.

The staples of Indian cuisine are rice, atta (whole wheat flour), and legumes like lentils, peas, and beans. Each is split or kept whole to offer a  wide variety of colors, textures, tastes. With such a variety of foods, it is almost impossible to make one spice mix that complements every dish. Finding authentic recipes is also difficult because many have been “secretly” passed down only to family members for generations and are still closely guarded.

If you are looking for traditional Indian recipes, visit this site: http://secretindianrecipe.com/about-indian-food  It is a new site with contributors from several regions of India willing to share their secrets.

Indian cuisine is widely popular across the globe and Westerners often use curry powder which is just a simple mix of spices. You can find the recipe below. Feel free to experiment with other ingredients used by “true” Indian chefs to adjust the taste. They typically include coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, saffron and red peppers. Recipes might also use ginger, garlic, fennel & caraway seed, cinnamon, cloves,  nutmeg, plus black or Chili pepper. When you find a combination you like, be sure to keep it a secret just like Indian families have done for centuries, or we’d rather have you share it in our forum

Curry Powder
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Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons cumin,
  2. 3 tablespoons cardamom
  3. 3 tablespoons coriander
  4. 1/2 cup ground turmeric
  5. 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  6. 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in an air tight container and store in a cool place.
Notes
  1. To increase flavor, buy the first three ingredients as seeds and toast them together in a saucepan over medium heat. Store as above and grind the needed quantity before adding to your recipe.
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