Curry Powder also called Kura Kaaram in Telugu an Indian language where Kura means curry/fry and Kaaram means spice. It is a mixture of Indian spices, usually used in fried foods like Brinjal Fry ( Vankaaya Vepudu), Ladys Finger fry/Okra/Bendakaaya Vepudu, Beans Fry etc.
This adds a unique flavour and enhances the taste of the dish and can be stored for up to 1 Month. Sometimes I give a Karnataka flavour or colour to it with Byadagi Chilli, grown in Haveri District here. This is not a spicy chilli but gives you a vibrant red colour to any of your dishes
Now let’s get into the detailed step by step procedure of Curry Powder.
Ingredients for Curry Powder/Kura Kaaram
- Red Chilies/Endu Mirapakaayalu/Ona Menshinkai-15
- Byadagi Chillies/Byadadagi Menshinkai(optional)-2 ( see below where to buy)
- Coriander Seeds/Dhaniyaalu/Dhaniya-1 ½ Teaspoon
- Cumin Seeds/Jeelakarra/Jeerige-1 Teaspoon
- Fenugreek Seeds/Menthulu/Menthya-¼ Teaspoon
- Garlic Cloves/Vellulli/Bellulli-5
- Tamarind/Chinthapandu/Hunsehannu-2 inch piece
- Poppy Seeds/Gasagasaalu/Gasagase-½ Teaspoon
- Salt-As required
- Heat a pan, add in red chillies and dry roast until crisp.
- Once the chillies turn crisp remove from heat, transfer to a plate and allow it to cool.
- Meanwhile, in the same pan, add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, garlic cloves, tamarind and fry until the raw smell goes off and turn aromatic.
- Switch off the flame, add poppy seeds and fry until it turns slightly brown in colour.
- Once turned brown, transfer the above mixture to the chillies plate and allow it to cool.
- Once the mixture is cooled, transfer to the mixer jar, add salt and grind it into a coarse powder.
- Allow to it cool and transfer to an airtight container/ jar preferably a glass jar and store up to a month
- Now curry powder is ready to add to any of your favourite Fry/Vepudu recipes.
♥ If the chillies are a little moist, sundry them the previous day
♥ You may find Byadagi chilli in any local supermarkets or Big Bazaar or can buy it online here.
Note: Providing online or shopping link is for general purpose only.