The Curry Guy Masala Spice Blends… Making my curries and tandoori recipes just got a lot easier!
I am happy to announce that I have teamed up with top quality masala spice supplier Spice Kitchen to bring you the most popular spice blends needed to make the recipes in my cookbooks.
Many of you have made and tried the different spice blends using the recipes in my cookbooks. Using fresh, excellent quality spices in your curries and tandoori dishes is essential to making them taste amazing.
In the past I made all of my spice masalas myself but now I can use these delicious blends, saving a lot of time. I have always been one who doesn’t like to take shortcuts when cooking but this is a shortcut I like.
Spice Kitchen uses only the best quality spices in their spice masalas. And they also roast and grind them in house for optimum flavour.
I was super happy with the blends they sent me using my recipes and I now have more time to cook without the need to produce my own blends.
The Curry Guy spice blends are available in 30g bags for only £2.50. Larger pack sizes available on request.
One of the things I get asked so often is whether you have to make the mixed powder to cook great curry house style curries. In the past my answer was always yes!
Now Spice Kitchen have produced The Curry Guy Mixed Powder, I can offer that option too. Mixed powder is a special blend of curry powder, garam masala, paprika, cumin, ground coriander and turmeric.
It is great to have on hand. You could also use Spice Kitchen’s Curry Guy garam masala and Madras curry powder to make your own mixed powder. They supply the other ingredients needed for mixed powder too.
I always have mixed powder on hand for my curry house style curries.
Madras curry powder is very similar to garam masala with one big difference. Garam masala is a blend of warming spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, ground coriander, cloves and black pepper.
Curry powder is different in that it has those garam masala spices as a base but then other ingredients such as dried onion flakes, chilli powder, fenugreek powder, ginger powder and dried garlic are added.
The first curry powder was developed at the end of the British Raj. Those returning to the UK missed the incredible food they ate in India. Fresh ingredients like garlic, onions, ginger, fresh chillies and fenugreek weren’t that easy to come by at UK shops back then.
So a special blend of spices and dried ingredients was produced. This Madras curry powder could easily be stirred into stews to give them a nice Indian touch. It is also a key ingredient in many of my recipes.
I should point out that my Madras curry powder blend isn’t fiery hot. It does have a bit to it but it is still on the mild side.
You could of course add more chilli powder to your dishes if you want them to be spicier.
Tandoori masala is a delicious blend of spice and one key ingredient which is amchoor powder. This gives the blend a delicious tart flavour that is recognisable in many tandoori recipes.
It is kind of like a curry powder but with a sharper, somewhat sour flavour.
Tandoori masala is also stirred into a lot of different curries like chicken tikka masala and chicken chilli garlic.
You could also make it into a tandoori paste by frying it in a little oil. This is what you get when you purchase tandoori masala paste.
Using this freshly roasted and ground blend, your tandoori masala paste will be much better than what you can purchase at the supermarket.
Often, tandoori masala is red because food colouring is added. No food colouring is added to The Curry Guy tandoori masala blend.
Also the tart flavour of many shop bought tandoori masalas is achieved with citric acid powder instead of the natural amchoor.
If you are looking for the best tandoori masala I know of, this is the one!
Whether you are making my curry house style curries or you want to make more authentic Indian recipes, garam masala is a must.
My blend of warming spices will get you the flavour you’re looking for.