Spice of the Month: Curry Powder

Is this spice blend sitting around in your cabinet? You don't know what you're missing. Hurry! Break out the curry!
112119625

112119625

Yellow spice

Photo by: Sylwia Kachel

Sylwia Kachel

Is this spice blend sitting around in your cabinet? You don't know what you're missing. Hurry! Break out the curry!

Curry Basics

Robust, potent and delightfully flavorful, curry powder is a staple ingredient in both Indian and other South Asian cuisines. Made from a blend of various ground spices and chili peppers, you'll find it used in all different kinds of recipes, some sweet, others spicy. Common components of curry blends include turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, mustard, ginger, cardamom, cloves, coriander, pepper, tamarind and saffron.

Nutrition Info

One tablespoon of curry powder has 20 calories, 1 gram of fat and 2 grams of fiber. It's also chock full of vitamins and minerals including E, K, B6 and iron. Many of the components of curry powder like cinnamon and turmeric are also potent antioxidants.

What to do with Curry Powder

There's more to curry powder than you might think. The complex and robust flavor will liven up dips and dressings or add warmth and depth to more delicate chicken, fish and vegetable dishes. Add to marinades for meat or mix with oil and brush on fresh veggies before roasting or grilling. Spice up corn muffins, soups and chowders, deviled eggs or even a plain old chicken breast and pair with a peanut dipping sauce (recipe below).

Storage Tips

Store curry powder in a cool, dry place. The strong flavors can dissipate quickly, for best flavor use within 2 to 3 months.

Recipes to Try
Tell Us: What's your favorite way to use curry powder?
Keep Reading

Next Up

Spice of the Month: Chipotle Chili Powder

Liven up your favorite spicy recipes with this alternative to run of the mill chili powder.

Spice of Month: Peppercorns

This under appreciated spice is anything but ordinary. Grab your grinders – we’re serving up fresh facts and 10 recipes that make pepper the star.

Spice of the Month: Nutmeg

It just wouldn’t be the holidays without this warm and nutty spice. Impress friends and family at the dinner table with some nutmeg trivia.

Spice of the Month: Cumin

Find out what you can do with warm, toasty cumin, this month's spice of the month.

Spice of the Month: Cinnamon

Ancient Egyptians used cinnamon to embalm the dead, while wealthy Romans used it in love potions. Today, cinnamon is a popular spice used in sweet and savory dishes.

Spice of the Month: Paprika

Paprika has an amazing flavor and vibrant color – give this spice some love.

Spice of the Month: Star Anise

This spice is known for its distinctive licorice flavor; use it in sweet and savory recipes like stir-fry or baked goods.

Spice of the Month: Ground Ginger

This popular ingredient can spice up more than gingerbread cookies. Get the basics plus winter warming healthy recipes.

Spice of the Month: Caraway Seed

They’re what give rye bread its classic flavor, but you can do so much more with this robust spice; use them in Irish soda bread, cole slaw or to flavor meat rubs.

Katie's Healthy Bites: Discover Chinese 5-Spice Powder

Spices are an excellent way to add flavor to any dish without adding unnecessary calories. Chinese five-spice powder is not typically used in American cooking, but if you've never tasted this flavorful spice mix, it's time to give this favorite in Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines a try! Learn what's in the spice blend, and three delicious ways to use it.