Recipes with Curry Powder
What is curry powder?
Curry powder is a spice blend made up of many different ground spices, usually including at least ginger, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom and turmeric. (Turmeric is mainly what gives the blend its characteristic brilliant yellow-orange color.) You can buy curry powder in different levels of spiciness, from mild to medium to hot. Standard curry powder can sometimes also be called yellow curry powder.
What is the purpose of curry powder?
Curry powder has a strong and unmistakable flavor profile that adds a lot of depth and complexity to a dish. And even mild curry powder adds just a hint of spiciness to anything you put it in.
Curry powder vs. garam masala:
Curry powder and garam masala are two different spice blends, although they share some common ingredients, including cumin, cardamom, coriander, and cinnamon. The word garam means "warming" and masala means "spice blend." The term warming doesn't mean "spicy" here, instead it refers to the flavor of some of the spices in garam masala, like nutmeg and clove. Unlike curry powder, garam masala does not include turmeric and the blend is therefore not bright yellow.