Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Thirty-Two!

With the first day of spring just a week a way, and following a winter that seemed more extreme than usual, our thoughts are ripe for turning to the topic of “warmer” anything.  So, this week, let’s talk about curry powder.  Curry powder is an ingredient that is used to “spice up” (i.e., adding the heat) southeast Asian cuisine.   Most curry powders include the following spices in their blends:  coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, and chili peppers.  The term “curry” is generically used to refer to various spicy dishes prepared in Asia, and is thought to have originiated from the Tamil word “kari” which means “sauce.”  In reality, there is no single recipe or set of ingredient; curry dishes are as varied as the diverse cultures of southeast Asia.

What is your favorite Asian food?  What other spices do you use to “add the heat” to recipes?

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