Curry powder is a combination of several spices typically including cumin, chili pepper, coriander, fennel,cinnamon, star anise, fenugreek, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. Some curry mixescontain around 20 ingredients depending on the recipe. Commercial curry powder mixes differ from brand to brand so it can be hard to ensure consistency. If you want to create authentic Malaysian curry, here are some tips:
1. Buy your mix from a Malaysian curry powder manufacturer that uses local ingredients and follows Halal practices. Check the website of the manufacturer and look for information on where they are based.
2. The best manufacturers supply to leading supermarkets. Their products are well-received in the Malaysian market, enabling them to sell through popular channels.
3. Buy from a manufacturer that sells many types of curry powders. Ask if they have the following:
Fish curry powder - Perfect for seafood curries as well as to marinate seafood.
Meat curry powder - Usually used with lamb or chicken and contains coriander, turmeric, chili, and other spices
Kurma curry powder - A mix of coriander, cumin, pepper, cardamom, and other spices used for kurma curries and to marinate meat
English curry powder – Yellowish blend of many different types of spices that is popular in the UK, but the original recipe was from India
4. A good manufacturer does not just offer curry powders but also other mixed spices such as Arabic spices, Cajun,5 Spices, Rendang, Garam Masala, etc. They cater not just for Asian and Indian cooking but also for Western dishes.
Curry powder can offer a number of health benefits including cancer prevention, protection against heart conditions, reduction of the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and even prevention of pain and inflammation. Curry has even been proven to improve the health and function of the liver. In order to enjoy all these health benefits, you need to buy your curry mix from a reputable manufacturer.