The more I cook and fall in love with its creative process, the less I want to rely upon ready-made, store-bought ingredients.
I no longer buy ready-to-use marinades or dressings, preferring to find out what is in them and put a mix together myself.
Aside from the love of cooking and the curiosity to know just what goes into the food I’m eating, I have begun to try to be more conscious of what I’m ingesting. I try to avoid, as much as possible, products that have ingredients whose names mean nothing, or very little to me.
Take monosodium glutimate, for example: I know it’s something added to foods to enhance flavor, and that some say it’s supposed to be bad for you. That’s about the extent of my knowledge regarding MSG – I even had to look up how to spell the full name!
That one’s an obvious example, since many people these days are becoming increasingly aware of food additives that are not good for you.
But there are many other ingredients I have no idea what they even are – like guar gum. I see that a lot on ingredients lists.
But what is? Is it bad for you? Should I avoid eating it? I have no idea.
In such cases, I figure if I can’t answer those questions, I don’t suppose I’ll miss having it in my marinade… or my spice powder… or cake mix… or whatever such item the ingredient happens to be in.
Perhaps all of this would serve as an excellent basis for future blog posts, but at least within the context of this one, that is neither here nor there.
The point is, ready-to-use mixes and ingredients almost always include additives and preservatives that are unnecessary, and can be avoided if you choose to make it yourself. Not to mention the fact that fresh ingredients make food taste so much better!
As far as spice blends go, I have to say I’m not familiar with the details of whether they do or don’t contain additives or preservatives, or ingredients with funny names. A quick look on the back of some spice bottles on your own spice rack at home will quickly give you the answer.
What I do know is this: fresh and homemade usually tastes much better.
So… curry powder! After all, that is what this article is about, remember?
I chose to find out what spices go into a curry powder mostly because, here at home, we’re not that into real spicy foods… and curry is, as a general rule, spicy.
The thing is, we like Indian food, and it goes without saying that some Indian and Asian-style recipes will call for curry powder at times.
Now, curry powder is not made up of only one spice. Rather, it is a mixture of various spices. I decided to find out what goes into it exactly and make my own, so that I am able to control the spiciness of my dishes more precisely, and still manage to enjoy some nice, tasty curry.