A blend of strongly flavored spices popular in Eastern Indian cooking that are ground into a finely powdered substance. A basic curry powder blend may consist of an assortment of spices such as cinnamon, cumin, chiles, cloves, ginger, turmeric, coriander, and pepper. There are numerous curry powder recipes with a wide variety of ingredients, but some of the common powders include red curry, green curry, yellow curry, Madras curry, and sweet curry powder. Curry powders that are made in the home are often created from a list of spices for ingredients that have a taste desired by the person creating the powder. Madras curries are hot and spicy while sweet curries are typically made with coconut milks to provide a richer flavor. Curries made with the powder are used to season poultry, lamb, beef, and a variety of vegetables such as peas, califlower, onions, and potatoes. Curry powder should be stored in air tight containers to help preserve the flavor.
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