Spice of the Month: Curry

By Kelli Swensen, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

Curry Powder

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A blend of many spices, curry powder is one of the most versatile spices out there. It is made up of at least 10 spices that are traditionally ground fresh each day. A common feature of most curry powder mixtures is that they contain tumeric, which is responsible for curry powder’s characteristic yellow color. Curry powder can be used in sauces to give flavor to meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, or tofu. When cooking with curry powder it’s important to remember that a little goes a long way. Pre-mixed curry powder is sold in stores, but if you feel adventurous there are many recipes both online and in cookbooks for making your own.

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Taste: Bittersweet, pungent

Tip: Add early in cooking process

Price: $4.99/container

Shelf Life: 6 months

Storage: Curry powder should be stored in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark and dry place

Amount: 1 tablespoon or to taste

Pairings: Ginger, Vegetables


CUISINES: Indian, Thai

Try adding this spice to the next time you need a flavor boost. For recipe ideas check out Whole Food’s recipe box. Simply type in “curry powder” in the search bar and be ready to drool over their delicious and healthy Indian-inspired recipes.

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