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Curry Powder

Masala mix is just what I call a combination of spices that go towards making a curry sauce. It can be a bog standard curry powder from the supermarket, a simple blend of a few spices or however you like it.

At it’s most basic, a masala mix consists of cumin, coriander and turmeric. Even with just those three basic spices a tasty curry can be made. What follows is the blend of spices I use as a base for most curries.

Spices for roasting

  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 bay leaves

Remaining spices

  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp pimento powder
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek powder
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida powder
  • A large pinch of ground nutmeg

Method

Take the spices for roasting and place them in a small frying pan or skillet over a medium-high heat. Roast them for 2-3 minutes until they darken slightly and give off their aromas. Use a mortar and pestle to grind them into a fairly fine powder and combine the remaining spices. The above makes enough for around 6 or 7 curries.

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