recommendation for yellow curry powder brand? (or recipe?)
I've been craving curried chicken salad--the kind everybody ate in the 80s with carrots and raisins, on a croissant.
But the yellow/Madras curry powder I bought (I forget the brand name but it's the most common kind, in the small rectangular canister) just tasted ancient, flat and stale--bought another canister, same thing.
Can anyone recommend their favorite brand?
I also have a cupboard full of Indian spices, if anyone has a recipe for a homemade version.
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Sun, Shan, Sharwood, Ship, Rajah, any of those brands are fine, but the best bet is to make your own if you're so inclined. Here's my recipe:
Makes about ¾ cup loose spice mixture
¼ cup coriander seeds
2 tablespoons brown mustard seeds
2 tablespoons ground turmeric, or less, can add bitterness
1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds, or to taste, as fenugreek is a bit bitter
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon red chili flakes, or to taste
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons Tellicherry peppercorns or regular black peppercorns
1 teaspoon black cardamom seeds
I toast the seeds before grinding. Stir well before grinding in a spice mill or clean coffee grinder as needed. I keep it in the freezer.
Penzeys or www.thespicehouse.com sells very good curry powders.
Here's a CH thread with homemade curry powder tips and hints: