For years, when people wanted to cook up a curry dish, the only spice available was the basic yellow curry seasoning at the supermarket. Although this type of curry spice was interesting to cook with which gave the food an exotic aroma and appearance, some had felt that the spice overwhelmed the palette, leaving them with a feeling that perhaps curry was not for them. Or there simply wasn't an alternative available at the time. Yet, what people didn't realize is that the vibrant yellow color was derived from turmeric, which can definitely overpower the senses if it isn't used in the right quantity.
My goal, at Whole Spice, is to provide an easy access back into the world of curries by not relying solely on the basic yellow curry ingredients, but by expanding into all the variety of curries from food cultures around the world nothing ventured, nothing gained!
Cooking with curry spice doesn't have to be complicated. Shuli and I like to make simple food during our busy week days. A simple dish can be with a few veggies, some ginger, garlic, and curry spice (we like to change up the flavors from Vindaloo, and African style to Japanese). Curries are very forgiving and adaptable. It doesn't have to be too complicated. Cook it all up and throw over some yummy Basmati rice and you're good to go.
A simple and easy way to start is by making a Curry and Honey sauce. This is a compelling combination of sweet and spicy flavors balanced out well! that can be used for marinading chicken, fish or tofu dishes.
I especially like using the Curry and Honey marinade on salmon. I usually cut the fish into cubes and then place the cubes on skewer sticks this way I make sure the fish is coated and I can enjoy the flavor in every bite.
Just follow these simple instructions for a real tasty meal:
2 Tsp Vindaloo Curry
¼ Cup Honey
¼ Cup Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a small blenders and pulse for few minutes.
Cube the salmon and then place on skewers. Season fish with salt and pepper and coat on all sides with the marinade.
Heat the oven to 450F place the fish skewers on a pan and place in the over. Cook for about 15 minutes rotating the skewers in order to make sure each of the sides will be caramelized.
Here are some more recommendations that I think you'll truly enjoy:
Grilled Curry Spiced Pineapple is another delicious example of spicy & sweet flavor contrast. Simply rub the pineapple ring with brown sugar and your favorite curry (mine is Vindaloo) and place on the grill.Coconut Milk and Curry Spice (especially Japanese) makes a delicious sauce.This adaptable curry recipe enables you to make curry with whatever you have on hand as long as you have the core ingredients of coconut milk, fresh vegetables and curry powder, all of which should be pantry staples.
Here's one of my favorites:
Tofu with Orange Coconut Curry Sauce (click on link for recipe)
I hope that some of the recipes and recommendations will highlight the many uses that curry can be used in a fun and simple way. No need to slow cook or have layers of ingredients to enjoy the flavor of curry Yum!