Malaysian Meat Curry Powder

Malaysian Meat Curry Powder

Details

Common in Malaysian cooking, this meat curry powder contains a fragrant blend of freshly toasted spices.
  • Serves: Approx. 1/3 cup
  • Active Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
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Steps

Step 1: Toasting the Spices

• 10 whole cloves
• 10 whole black peppercorns
• 4 whole cardamom pods
• 1 cinnamon stick (about 2-inches/5 cm)
• 4 whole dried red chilies
• 4 tbsp coriander seeds
• 2 tbsp cumin seeds
• 1 tsp fennel seeds

Method

To make this meat curry powder, begin by toasting the spices according to size, as they will toast at different rates.

Place a pan over medium heat and toast the cloves, cardamom and peppercorns. Toss a few times, and as soon as they begin to smoke and release their fragrance, set them aside to cool.

Do the same for the cinnamon stick and dried chilies. Next, toast the coriander seeds. Finally, toast the cumin and fennel seeds together. Let the spices cool completely.

Step 2: Grinding the Spices

• 1 tsp turmeric

Method

To grind the spices, you can either use a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. Starting with the harder items first, pound together the cloves, peppercorns, and cardamom. Next, add the cinnamon stick and chilies and grind well. Add the cumin and fennel, finishing with the coriander seeds and turmeric.

Once you have finished pounding, you can strain the spices through a sieve to achieve an even finer powder. If there are large bits left over, you can grind these again and strain.

This blend of spices lends wonderful flavor to many curry dishes. To ensure freshness, store any leftover spices in an air-tight container.

2 Comments

  • Chester 4
    Chester 4
    I was unable to find whole cardamom pods, but was able to find ground cardamom. how much of the ground cardamom can I substitute for the 4 whole cardamom pods?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hi Chester- 4 pods will yield around 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons depending on the size of the pods. Any good spice shop or specialty grocer will have whole cardamom. Good luck cooking!

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