As is the nature of travel, we often discover new things when we are in parts of the world previously unfamiliar to us, and want to incorporate them into our lives back at home. Food especially falls into this category. The odds are that what we have discovered has probably been a part of a particular culture for hundreds of years, but nonetheless it is still new to us; we want to share this marvelous new flavor with our family and friends. Consequently, we try to assimilate many of the unusual, exotic flavors and cooking secrets of other cultures into our everyday life. The ease of modern-day travel only enhances these possibilities, but even back in the 1600s the employees of the British East India Company became so enamored of the wonderful curry-flavored dishes of India that they wanted to take the flavor home with them. In most authentic Indian cooking, the curry ingredients are mixed up individually for each dish, then roasted and ground. However, by combining, mixing and storing them, the sailors could conveniently carry them back home. Once these curries made their way back to England, the rest of the Western world wasn’t far behind in its enchantment with these exotic flavors.
For those of you who are purists or want to put your own personal mark on your curry dishes, we offer you the freshest individual ingredients to blend your own curry powder. In India, it’s said that “there are as many curry powders as cooks,” since each cook mixes her own curry powder according to her family’s spice preferences, passed down from generation to generation. For those of us without this tradition, our sweet yellow curry powder is a great place to start. In addition to Indian cooking, add this yellow curry powder to rice, vegetables, chicken salad, dips, and baked fish or chicken.
Hand-mixed from: turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger, nutmeg, fennel, cinnamon, fenugreek, white pepper, arrowroot, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, and red pepper.