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Jan 4, 2007 12:31 PM

What to cook w/ Penzeys Curry Gift Box?

Our thoughtful relatives sent us the Penzeys Curry 8 spice gift box.
What would you make with some of these wonderful mixes? I'd love to have some ideas for emergency meal ideas...quick and easy dishes to throw together that feature the spices.

Any thoughts?

The box includes:

Rogan Josh
Sweet Curry Powder
Hot Curry Powder
Vindaloo Seasoning
Garam Masala
Tandoori Seasoning
Balti Seasoning
Maharajah Curry Powder

After the rich excesses of the holidays, I look forward to a change of palatte with different flavors!

Thanks for your help,


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  1. one would make curry!

    sear any meat and add a bit of whichever of your blends you're in the mood for. maybe some garlic and/or onions too. add some stock and simmer with any vegetable if you so desire.. cauliflower, potatoes, and green beans are great with Indian. Thickening with yogurt is also good and a nice tangy flavor.

    some Basmati rice and you're all set.

    Vindaloo should be the spiciest and it's great with lamb or beef.

    For the tandoori, mix it with plain yogurt and some lemon juice, marinate some chicken pieces, then bake.

    1. Thanks, that all sounds good. I hope to figure out something to do w/ the remaining spices as well!

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      1. re: sljones

        adding them to dips and spreads is an idea too. also, a shake of many curry blends goes great in chicken salad.

      2. You lucky duck! Garam masala is great... I like it with tofu & sweet potatoes, and a touch of coconut milk. For the Rogan Josh, I'd have to go with cubes of lamb, and a big handful of cilantro.

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        1. re: Raedia

          the Penzy's Garam masala is atypical (I think it is one guy's specific family recipe) ,composed of very sweet spices. I had a hard time finding many uses for it. I did like it on roasted cauliflower.

        2. My parents gave me the sweet and the hot curry powder... does anyone know if they are used in different dishes or are they interchangeable? What the kind you normally can get in the grocery store be considered sweet or hot?

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          1. re: Katie Nell

            I don't know if you'll ever see this one, but the penzey's hot curry is just their sweet curry with cayenne pepper, IIRC. So mix the two for the heat profile you're looking for. (the blend might be slightly different, but the ingredients are the same.)