Spice Hacks: Best Curry Powder Substitute?

Best Curry Powder Substitutes

Toasted cumin and coriander form the base of most curry powder blends and can work as a quick substitute.

What is Curry Powder?

Curry powder is a blend of many different spices. Curry powders vary widely by region and household and spices typically include turmeric, coriander, cumin, fenugreek & red chiles as their base. Garam masala, tandoori masala, vadouvan, shichimi togarashi, Chinese five spiceberbere and baharat all fall into this category.

We've frequently heard it said that curry powder — that premixed yellow blend of Indian spices found in the grocery store aisle— is not for serious cooks. And there's some truth to that. Curries are a complex category of dishes, and a true curry will have a specific blend of spices to match the ingredients and methods used. There are thousands of curries and to apply one generic powder to all of them is a tough sell. 

There are a few other recipes that traditionally use curry powder and wouldn't quite taste right without it.  There are also certain dishes that add a subtle complexity and wouldn't be quite right without it- think deviled eggs or dal. 

Of course, not all curry powders are created equal. The blend, the proportions, and the quality and age of the spices in the blend can all be different, so stick with freshly ground, small batch blends, like the ones at RawSpiceBar.

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Best Curry Powder Substitutes

Toasted cumin and coriander form the base of most curry powder blends and can work as a quick substitute.

Curry Powder Benefits for Health

Curry powder has multiple health benefits from a prevalence of spices like turmeric, fenugreek, cumin and coriander. Turmeric, one of the main spices in many types of curry powders, may lower your risk for diabetes, according to Colorado State University. A laboratory animal study found that turmeric's active compound, curcumin, prevented sharp spikes in blood sugar and resulted in anti-inflammatory effects.

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