Do you love curry recipes as much as we do, but are puzzled about which curry powder to buy?
Or do you (like me) just like making your own Homemade Seasoning Blends to save time and money (no more scurrying off to the store to get something you could just make yourself)?
For years, we used a certain brand's mild curry powder and we loved it, but I decided to try my hand at making my own mild yellow curry.
Well, this morning, with a bit of trepidation, I did a blind taste test using my family as the judges, and the result was 100% unanimous. My blend won over the ever popular brand that we have been using for oh, about 6 years now.
And it is a LOT cheaper. Yippee!
I've meant to post my Sweet Curry Powder recipe for awhile now, but at the request of a reader (she said she was desperate for the recipe – a “curry emergency”, so to speak :-)), I decided to interrupt our fall pumpkin recipe baking extravaganza with a special broadcast of my Sweet Curry Powder Recipe.
Perfect for use in My Most Requested Recipe – Pakistani Beef Curry (with vegan option). See what can happen when you contact me with a request?
(Can't guarantee that I can always do this – I admit, I was afraid to go digging through my totally disorganized pile of recipes to find my curry powder recipe. But I did find it – yea!)
You already know that I recommend Making Your Own Homemade Seasoning Blends for a number of reasons. But curry powder is an especially great blend to make on your own since you can really control the amount of heat in there.
A lot of curries are just plain too spicy for children, but this one is not.
And if you feel you must, just cut the cayenne in half or leave it out altogether.
But I don't think you'll have to since we've never had a complaint about the “heat” of this blend, even from those who are a “neko jita” (cat's tongue, in Japanese).
In Japan, they call those with tongues that are sensitive to heat, “neko jita”. “Neko” means “cat” and jita is “shita” for “tongue” that becomes “jita” in this linguistic combination.
I lived in Japan for a year and had a lot of contact with the Japanese community after living overseas, and certain phrases just have to be employed, even when writing in English :).
What You Will Need:
- turmeric – loaded with anti-inflammatory qualities
- yellow mustard
- white pepper (hard to find. Omit if necessary.)
- cayenne pepper
- black pepper
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- Place all ingredients (all are ground spices) in a bowl.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Store in an airtight container.
- This, of course, is a very flexible recipe. In fact, I didn't have fenugreek when I made it this past time and it still tasted great. For best results, make it as the recipe states, but feel free to experiment according to what you have and what you like :-)!
- Where to buy spices? I just love Frontier Brand (conventional or organic). They have very tasty products.
- Ground spices are for sure the best, but I don't grind all of my own. In fact, I have a nice little supply of older spices that have for sure outlived their "freshness" date, but I just keep using them. Sometimes I just put a bit more in than the recipe calls for.
Well, you are now ready with a wonderfully tasty Do It Yourself Sweet Curry Powder. I can't wait to hear how you like it! Please do share!
More Homemade Seasoning Blends You Will Love:
Do you have a favorite curry dish to share?