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May 16, 2012 11:55 AM

Curry powder ingredients comparison

I have on hand two curry powders - one is organic, one is not.

Both have these ingredients:

coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, cumin, cardamom and cloves.

One has in addition: allspice and ginger.

The other one has in addition: mustard, paprika, cayenne, nutmeg and cinnamon.

Just wondering which one would you prefer to use - other than making your own :-))

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  1. For years I bought bottles of curry powder one after another because I was disappointed every time. Finally I heard or read somewhere that Tone's Curry Powder was chosen best in some taste test (maybe Americas Test Kitchen?) and I've been using it ever since.

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    1. re: GrammyM

      Funny you should mention this, because I, too, used to buy that from either Costco or BJ's which I don't see there any longer. I do now see it on
      for $19.33.
      Do you find it elsewhere than Amazon nowadys.

      1. re: Rella

        I used to buy Tone's from a website that sold spices, I forget which one. Then I found it at my Costco and of course it comes in the extra large bottle, so I haven't had to look for it elsewhere.

      2. I'd use the first, probably, just going by the fact that I don't love mustard powder in much else besides a white sauce, but it honestly depends so much on what you're making. Pretty tough to make a recommendation without knowing what it's for.

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        1. re: LauraGrace

          I use curry powder mostly for Indian recipes.
          Actually, I don't care for the spice: allspice (in one) and mustard (in the other.)

          Thanks for your reply, LauraGrace.

          1. re: Rella

            "Indian recipes" is about as broad a category as it gets! :D

            1. re: LauraGrace

              You're so right. I can think of no other as broad :-)))

                1. re: huiray

                  Perhaps, if we include Russia, Scandinavia, in "European recipes," maybe that might be another 'broad category."

                  Let's see:

                  What other "broad category? :-)))

          2. re: LauraGrace

            I'd probably use the first one too but it would be because it is a little more basic. I can add other stuff to it as needed. To me, that nutmeg in the second one (in addition to the other stuff too) skews the spice profile significantly...

            1. re: huiray

              Curious, posters, which one do you think is organic and at the same time, more expensive?

              1. re: Rella

                No idea. Besides, I'm not sure if the term has any meaning, especially here.