Indian Curry Paste Substitute
Where's the recipe from? Curry powder isn't actually Indian, of course, but if you're making a old school British-style "curry" then it would probably be OK. At the very least I would suggest adding a tablespoon (each) of minced ginger and garlic, and maybe some minced shallot, as one or more of those ingredients is usually what provides the moisture that transforms an Indian spice blend into a paste. Depending on your tastes and any description of the dish, you might want to mince up some Thai bird chile, serrano, or jalapeno (assuming you don't have access to fresh cayenne chiles). And if you think the dish is supposed to be more authentically Indian, you might want to play around with a little cumin, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, fenugreek, nigella, asoefetida, cayenne----whatever you have on hand that you like.