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Trying to find a curry powder

bcemail Jun 15, 2013 11:11 AM

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. greygarious RE: bcemail Jun 15, 2013 12:06 PM

    Vadouvan (also spelled vadouvon)? Garam masala?

    1. junescook RE: bcemail Jun 15, 2013 01:29 PM

      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.

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        Rasam RE: bcemail Jun 15, 2013 01:43 PM

        Sounds like chaat masala.

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          boogiebaby RE: Rasam Jun 15, 2013 11:43 PM

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

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            Kalivs RE: boogiebaby Jun 16, 2013 02:03 AM

            & roasted sweet potatoes

          2. re: Rasam
            JungMann RE: Rasam Jun 17, 2013 08:28 AM

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

          3. tim irvine RE: bcemail Jun 15, 2013 04:05 PM

            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. letsindulge RE: bcemail Jun 15, 2013 07:33 PM

              Madras curry?

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                Cheese Boy RE: letsindulge Jun 16, 2013 09:10 PM

                Madras would have been my guess too.

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                  letsindulge RE: Cheese Boy Jun 16, 2013 10:29 PM

                  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.

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                    Rasam RE: letsindulge Jun 17, 2013 02:38 PM

                    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.

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                      Scrofula RE: Rasam Jun 17, 2013 03:24 PM

                      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.)

              2. Scrofula RE: bcemail Jun 17, 2013 12:01 AM

                Like Rasam said, it's probably chaat masala. There's no such thing as curry powder in Indian cuisine, so if this is something an Indian recommended, Googling 'curry powder' is unlikely to dig it up. Chaat masala and garam masala are the two common spice mixtures in Indian cuisine, and the latter doesn't fit the description.

                1. bcemail RE: bcemail Jun 18, 2013 09:46 AM

                  Thanks for all the replies! Missed them since Yahoo thinks Chowhound is spam.

                  I think chaat masala is definitely it! I will pick some up or make some soon! Vadouvan looks like something I need as well...

                  Thanks again!

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