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Jun 15, 2013 11:11 AM

Trying to find a curry powder

An Indian acquaintance a few years back recommended a type of curry powder which I cannot remember. From how she described it, it was quite different from the typical "curry powder" one finds in a grocery store. It sounded slightly tangy or salty or something as I recall, and she would sprinkle it as seasoning on top of lots of things, even french fries, etc.

Anyone have any clue what I'm talking about? Googling curry powder comes up with way too many hits that I know are not right, but I can't figure out how to search for this stuff.


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  1. Vadouvan (also spelled vadouvon)? Garam masala?

    1. I was just looking at Penzey's catalog. They have several curry blends and describe each pretty distinctly, Maybe you can find something that would hit the mark there.

        1. re: Rasam

          +1. I put chaat masala on fries and fresh fruit (and chaat, of course).

          1. re: Rasam

            A sour and salty condiment to sprinkle on things? Definitely sounds like chaat masala. I sometimes sprinkle mine on chips or burgers.

          2. Make your own in small batches and tinker with recipe until you nail it such that it tastes the way you hoped it would. My batches are never alike, but the one thing I have learned is to go easy on the star anise.

              1. re: letsindulge

                Madras would have been my guess too.

                1. re: Cheese Boy

                  The balance of the spice mixture agrees with me. Color is beautiful too. My favorite is the Sun brand which comes in a 4oz. tin.

                  1. re: letsindulge

                    Except that "Madras curry powder" does not fit the OP's search criteria:
                    a) recommended by an Indian (Madras curry whatever is unknown in India, even in the place formerly called Madras, now called Chennai). So no Indian acquaintance of the OP is likely to have recommended MCP.
                    b) tangy and salty
                    c) sprinkled as a finishing seasoning onto a variety of snacky foods.

                    As Scrofula (what's the story behind your errr ... clinical .... screen name?) said, googling curry powder won't help you identify a specific spice mix.
                    There are more than two common spice mixes in Indian cuisine.

                    1. re: Rasam

                      The screen name is a reference to a certain Terry Pratchett book. And it's fun to say. Scrofula scrofula scrofula.

                      (And yes, there are lots of spice mixtures, and lots of version of each one, but these are the two that seem to show up the most.)