Monday, November 1, 2010

Shall We Begin

Hmmmmm....This is the hard part; deciding where to begin.

I think I'll just start with the fun stuff. Fun for me at least. Back in '03 I was privileged to be able to spend 2 weeks in Malaysia, a country that is a crossroads of many different cultures. The most fun my friend and I had there was trying all the different foods. I fell in love with Indian, umm...India Indian, food; the curries and sauces...etc. While I was still living in Portland it was easy enough to indulge this love of Indian cuisine. But when I moved to Missouri in '04, my ability to find Indian fare came to a screeching halt. Mid-Westerners, as a general rule, do not indulge in anything foreign. At least this is so of the family I married in to.

However, a few months ago a cooking magazine I subscribe to featured some Indian foods and actually had this recipe:

Curry Powder

3 cardamom seeds
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp pepper
1/8 tsp fennel seed

Remove cardamom seeds from their pods if necessary. In a spice grinder or with mortar and pestle, combine all ingredients until it becomes a powder. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 year.

I altered it quite a bit, my husband and I cannot "do" spicy-hot foods, so I cut down on the chili powder. But I made up a container of this and use it to flavor several different dishes that I now make. This recipe is very easy to adapt to your own tastes; just change the amounts around to suit yourself. I use the ground cardamom, instead of seeds, and I guess at the amount.

At any rate, curry powder will appear in a couple of other recipes I will post on here.

Thanks for visiting.

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