Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Curry Spice Blend

I tend to cook (and bake) a lot of dishes with Indian spices. Curries, burgers, hummus, pumpkin desserts - you name it, I add curry powder, turmeric, and/or garam masala to it. But it wasn't until the other day that I decided to create my own spice blend with some of my favorite Indian spices.

I sprinkled this spice blend on some cubed tofu (with a little bit of olive oil), then let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes before cooking it in a curry dish with spinach, onions, and chickpeas. If you've ever cooked with tofu, you know it needs some time to "marinate" in flavor before cooking - and this spice blend did the trick. (Side note: I also added extra of each of the spices below to the onions, spinach, and chickpeas while they were cooking).

Curry Spice Blend
Yields: About 1 tablespoon
-1/2 teaspoon turmeric
-1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
-1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
-1/4 teaspoon garam masala
-1/4 teaspoon Balti seasoning (optional)
-Sprinkling of sea salt and black pepper

1.) Mix above ingredients together in a small bowl. Sprinkle over tofu, chicken, or whatever you desire.

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As you can see, this spice blend was soooo easy to throw together, but made the dish - and the tofu - that much more flavorful.

Do you cook with Indian spices? If so, which one's your favorite? I live for garam masala.

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