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Sep 12, 2011 11:59 AM

recommendation for yellow curry powder brand? (or recipe?)

Hi all,

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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  1. I've had great success with Sharwood.

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      1. 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 sells very good curry powders.

        Here's a CH thread with homemade curry powder tips and hints:

        Have fun.

        1. Fantastic--thanks all!! I think I'll order and do a homemade batch and compare!

          1. Another vote for Penzey's.