Sunday, 15 December 2019

HOMEMADE INDIAN CURRY MASALA POWDER

Homemade Indian Curry Masala Powder is fresh, flavourful and free from all artificial colours and preservatives. If you love curry flavoured food, then you need to try out this easy and inexpensive Curry Masala Powder that can be done in less than 15 minutes with some everyday kitchen cupboard ingredients.


This vegan masala can be used for any vegetarian or non-vegetarian curries and is an ideal gift for your foodie friend.

Learn how to make Homemade Indian Curry Masala Powder in this post.

This unique curry powder is made using the WONDERCHEF Nutri blend CKM, recently sent to us by WonderchefUK's team.

Homemade Indian Curry Masala Powder is fresh, flavourful and free from all artificial colours and preservatives. If you love curry flavoured food, then you need to try out this easy and inexpensive Curry Masala Powder that can be done in less than 15 minutes with some everyday kitchen cupboard ingredients.   This vegan masala can be used for any vegetarian or non-vegetarian curries and is an ideal gift to your foodie friend.



Wonderchef Nutri-Blend CKM-Red


The Wonderchef Nutriblend is the ultimate kitchen companion. It boasts 4 important functions - mixer, chopper, grinder and juicer by a superfast 400W motor, saving valuable kitchen space.

The idea is that healthy meals can easily be made in your kitchen as the appliance aims to extract as much goodness from the ingredients.

The big mixer jar can be used to make smoothies, shakes, purees, and blends, whilst the chopper quickly prepares onion, garlic and nuts.

It comes with a separate wet and dry blending blade to allow for a variety of blends. The juicer attachment allows you to extract fruit and vegetable juices.

The Nutriblend comes in an array of attractive colours to suit the colour scheme of your kitchen.

We put the grinder function to the task to make our curry powder. The Nutri blend did this with ease and left us with a fine masala.

This homemade masala is far more superior as you will get a fresher and more potent tasting curry powder to lift your recipes.

Wonderchef nutri blend is crafted by Indian masterchef sanjeev kapoor. Now available in the UK.

Every now and then Mum makes a small batch of various masala powders and fills them in tiny jars with labels on and stores them so neatly in one kitchen cabinet. She prepares various types of masalas but on the blog, we have Dabeli Masala, Goda Masala and Sambar/Sambhar Powder which is definitely mum's favourite.

Homemade Indian Curry Masala Powder is fresh, flavourful and free from all artificial colours and preservatives. If you love curry flavoured food, then you need to try out this easy and inexpensive Curry Masala Powder that can be done in less than 15 minutes with some everyday kitchen cupboard ingredients.   This vegan masala can be used for any vegetarian or non-vegetarian curries and is an ideal gift to your foodie friend.

To your surprise, you won't see curry masala powder in most Indian kitchens as instead, they use the right amount of various spices in different combinations which are added in the curry whilst preparing it.

Another reason for not using just one particular curry powder as in India every region has its own unique blend of masala powders or paste, and these are added at different stages of the cooking process.

It is a British concept to use in this powder in any curry because people didn't know much about Indian spices. They were hard to get hold of and if they bought they would sit in kitchen cupboards hard to use up and well past the expiry date.

Brands began to sell curry powder in supermarkets aimed at the Britsh market. Curry powder is suitable for those who don't want to fill their kitchen cabinets with various spice blends or masalas, or just want to have a typical Indian 'curry'.

They benefit students like me who can't afford to buy too many spices also don't have enough space and the end of the day just want to make a quick descent curry.

The standard or generic curry masala powder is available in a yellow hue and mostly sold in mild, medium, hot or extra hot varieties in the UK. The hotter it is more red chili powder is added in.

Homemade Indian Curry Masala Powder is fresh, flavourful and free from all artificial colours and preservatives. If you love curry flavoured food, then you need to try out this easy and inexpensive Curry Masala Powder that can be done in less than 15 minutes with some everyday kitchen cupboard ingredients.   This vegan masala can be used for any vegetarian or non-vegetarian curries and is an ideal gift to your foodie friend.


What is Masala?


Masala is a Hindi word that is often used in an Indian Cuisine, basically, masala is a blend of a number of spices, sometimes fresh herbs are also found in masala blend too. Masala may be in dry, roasted, ground or paste form too.

What is Indian Curry Masala Powder?


Indian Curry Masala Powder is literally a mixture of dry masala which is widely used by non-Indians in Indian cooking.  The dry masala is a blend of exotic combinations of spices such as sweet, earthy and warm cardamom, ginger, cumin, fennel seeds, red chillies, and turmeric powder. Just to make sure here that Curry masala powder is should not be mistaken as GARAM Masala powder.

How easy is it to make Indian Curry Masala Powder at home?


Very easy, making a small batch of curry powder at home is really NO commitment at all, as long as you have all the required whole spices and a good grinder. It should not take you more than 15 minutes to prepare.

What are the benefits of making my own Indian curry masala powder at home?


There is no doubt that shop-bought masala can save you lots of time and hassle, also you can get good quality products as good as homemade too, but that comes with a high price and still, you are not going to get fresh masala.

By making your own Curry powder at home, you know what has gone into the blend and you can adjust the amount or tweak the flavours to suit your needs.

It is super easy and quick to make at home, so fresh and fragrant and work out cheaper in the long run. 

How to make Indian Curry Masala Powder from scratch?


Making Indian curry Masala Powder from scratch is not rocket science, trust me. This can be done only in three steps yes three steps.

Bring the whole spices.
Dry roast them on low heat.
and Grind...voila!

Traditionally, any masala powder is made by first dry roasting the whole spices. When spices are roasted, the oil of spices releases and make the masala more fragrant.

Then toasted spices are cooled before ground finely.

How to use Indian Curry Masala Powder?

  1. Curry powder is best for basic Indian curries, but not all the traditional curries. It is suitable for vegetarian or non-vegetarian dishes. 
  2. Do not use for specific dishes such as chana masala (chickpea curry) or Pav Bhaji require specific spice blends.
  3. It can be used in soups, stews, stir-fry or in noodles recipes.
  4. If you want the curried flavoured marinade or rubs,  use it. 

How to store Indian Curry Masala Powder?


Once the masala is ground, let it cool completely then store in an airtight container.

Keep the bottle away from any direct heat.

Keep it away from direct sunlight.

Ingredients of Indian Curry Masala Powder


Although the westernized Indian curry masala powder is basic there are a variety of spices are used in this blend. I have used Indian Masterchef Sanjeev Kappor's curry masala recipe, which sounds and tastes more authentic. We feel that this masala blend lends delicious flavours, aroma, and taste to our curries.


  • Whole Cardamom - Elyachi Green and Black)
  • Kashmiri red chilli powder (you may use whole dry red chillies)
  • Cumin seeds - (Jeera)
  • Deggimirch - (hot red chilli powder)
  • Dry Ginger Powder - Sunth
  • Salt
  • Carom seeds - ajwain
  • Turmeric Powder - Haldi
  • Nutmeg - Jaiphal
  • Mace - Javentri
  • Black Salt -Kala Namak - Sanchar
  • Ground Coriander  - Sukha dhanaiya powder
  • Fennel seeds - Variyali-Saunf
  • Star anise - Badian ke phool 


Ideal Christmas Gift


Anyone thinking of making their own edible Christmas gifts this year? We love to add a couple of edible gifts as they produce less waste so this isn't a gift that will be regifted or clutter up someone else's space (cause who wouldn't love this aromatic and delicious treats)

This Homemade Indian Curry Masala Powder could easily be a delicious and useful stocking filler or filled into pretty reusable glass jars with festive bows.


You may want to check out our recipes using Curry Masala Powder


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curry powder, Indian curry, spices, seasoning
Seasoning
Indian
Yield: 6-8 TBSP
Author:

Homemade Indian Curry Masala Powder

Homemade Indian Curry Masala Powder

This freshly ground masala powder adds great flavour not only to your curries but curry marinade or rubs and many recipes that you can imagine with curry flavours. It can be used for veg and non-veg dishes too.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 5 Mtotal time: 10 M

ingredients:

  • 2 TSP green cardamom with skin
  • 8 NOs black cardamom 
  • 2 TSP  Kashmiri  powder
  • 2 TSP Hot red chilli powder 
  • 2TSP Cumin seeds
  • 3 TSP Fennel seeds
  • 4 TSP Ground coriander
  • 1/2 TSP Carom seeds
  • 1/2 TSP Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 TSP Nutmeg Powder
  • 2 NOs Star anise
  • 1/2 TSP Mace or powder
  • 2 TSP Dry ginger powder
  • 1/2 TSP Kala Namak
  • 2 TSP Salt 

instructions:

How to cook Homemade Indian Curry Masala Powder

  1. Dry roast all the whole ingredients on a low heat without burning them in a frying pan.
  2. Do not roast the ingredients which are already ground. (If using whole red chillies, roast them)
  3. Let the spices to cool down completely. 
  4. Transfer the ingredients into the Nutri-Blend jar, attach the GRINDING blade and grind till you get the fine powder. 
  5. Store the ground masala powder in an airtight container. 
  6. Use it whenever need it. 

NOTES:

Although this masala can stay good for up to 3 months in an airtight container, I would recommend using it as quick as you can.
Calories
25.64
Fat (grams)
1.01
Sat. Fat (grams)
0.16
Carbs (grams)
4.47
Fiber (grams)
2.11
Net carbs
2.36
Sugar (grams)
0.06
Protein (grams)
1.00
Sodium (milligrams)
785.42
Cholesterol (grams)
0.35
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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Disclaimer- I was gifted Wonderchef Nutri-blend CKM Red, and not told or paid to write anything positive. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you, WonderchefUK team.

9 comments:

  1. Love the colour of the homemade Indian Curry Masala, as mostly ready made ones lack the correct balance of flavours and usually have too much turmeric powder as you mentioned. Beautiful presentation. I'm hoping that Wonder NutriChef have made amendments as when they first came out, the motor of mine got burnt and the only thing I was using it was for smoothies.

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  2. Very nice masala recipe. I also prefer making curry masala at home. My mother also bought Wonderchef Nutri blend a few months back and loved it so much that she bought two more (one for me and one for my sister). My sister also loved it. I have still not gone to India since then so have collected my gift yet but reading your post can't wait to try it soon.

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  3. The most important ingredient in indian kitchens is masala powder. And nothing can beat the homemade ones. You mentioned it right that they are fresh, flavourful and free from all artificial colours and preservatives.
    Good to know about Wonder NutriChef has all in one.

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  4. Without an iota of doubt, this is indeed a recipe worth saving & trying. We are in the regular habit of making Garam masala at home but the present one is equally a "must have" ingredient.

    And yes, can't miss to say, you have captured it beautifully.

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  5. This curry powder looks perfect, Every kitchen must have this. I sometimes, buy the curry powder outside, but for some recipes, I make it on my own. This curry powder ingredients are slightly different than I mostly use. With all those spices. It must have been very aromatic and flavorful. Definitely I am going to try this one next time. Thanks for the share.

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  6. Making our own homemade masala is so much more cost effective and the flavors are spot on. Every family have their own blend for the masala powder and that gives it the uniqueness. This is a versatile recipe and can be used in an array of different recipes. It is important to have a good blender to make it properly!

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  7. I love homemade curry powders which gives the best taste and aroma. You have captured it so well.

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  8. I love home made masala powder, they are fragrant and give a good taste to the dish. Having a curry masala powder is definitely helpful. Looks good.

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  9. homemade masala powder are always best with so much aromatic flavor. This curry powder is a must at my place . The clicks are simply amazing dear !

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