*July 2009 COTM* SPICE: Curry Powder, Turmeric, and Fenugreek
Our Chowhound July 2009 Cookbook of the Month is Spice: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean by Ana Sortun.
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Charmoula Spice for Grilled Fish (page 205)
This was absolutely super. If I get no other recipe from this book, this single spice would have made it a success. It’s a blend of turmeric, white pepper, ginger, cumin, salt, and sweet paprika. You rub it on any hearty fish (salmon, swordfish, tuna, bluefish, or monkfish; I used swordfish) and roast or grill. I used Rick Moonen’s technique for broiling in a cast-iron pan, which I use almost exclusively since I first tried it. And speaking of Rick Moonen, this was every bit as good as his Moroccan Spice Mix. I’ll be keeping both on hand for quick and easy preparation of many different kinds of fish.
To tell you the truth, no I couldn't. I've tasted turmeric out of the bottle so I know that it's earthy and somewhat bitter. There must be a reason, other than just color, that it's the main ingredient in most curry powders. Perhaps it has to do with a woodsy aroma?
Maybe someone who knows a lot more than I about curries and Indian cooking could jump in here? I'd love to hear how and why it became seemingly ubiquitous in certain Asian cuisines when it's stand-alone flavor really isn't all that appealing.