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Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

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Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Cory Ander » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:42 am

Simple Spice Mix
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Simple Spice Mix
Here is a very simple recipe for a spice mix (otherwise known as "mix powder" or "mixed powder").

Using a level tablespoon, as a measure, yields about 55g of spice mix. This should be sufficient for about 18 single-portion curries (depending on the curry).

Background

British Indian Restaurants (BIRs) generally use their own blend of commonly used spices (rather than individual spices) which is used in many of the dishes that they make. It is akin to a "curry powder" or a "masala" and is often referred to as "mix powder" or "mixed powder". There are probably as many different spice mixes as there are curry chefs. This is a simple recipe to get you started on your BIR quest. You will find many more spice mix recipes in the Curry Powders/Spice Mixes/Masalas recipe section of the forum.

Equipment you will need:
  • A volume measure (e.g. tablespoon, teaspoon)
  • A bowl (in which to mix your spices)
  • A suitable air-tight container to store your resultant spice mix in (e,g, a coffee jar)
Ingredients:
  • 3 parts (by volume) of coriander powder (commercially supplied powder)
  • 2 parts (by volume) of cumin powder (commercially supplied powder)
  • 4 parts (by volume) of turmeric powder (commercially supplied powder)
  • 3 parts (by volume) of paprika powder (commercially supplied powder - not smoked)
Method:
  • Simply measure all ingredients into a bowl and mix until uniform
  • Transfer to a suitable airtight container and store, in a cool, dry, dark place until required
Notes
  • It doesn't matter what measuring device you use provided you are consistent with your measures and, therefore, your ratios
  • Ensure that your spices are fresh. Stale spices will produce lacklustre curries. Each spice should be a vibrant colour and fragrant. If in doubt, buy some more
  • You can grind your own coriander and cumin seeds, to give a superior result, if you wish. If so, sieve the powder, through a fine sieve (re-grind and re-sieve until the resultant powder sufficiently fine)
  • You can use a good commercial mild or medium curry powder, in place of this spice mix, if you prefer
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by pillau pete » Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:18 pm

ha ha just started to make this mixed powder and realised my paprika is smoked, off to the shop it is then

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by PathiaPete » Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:25 pm

Ah good stuff, I already have those ingredients, thankyou

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by prophecy » Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:14 am

think ill give this a go

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Bri2012 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:36 pm

Think I'll start off with this simple spice mix.

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Alchemist » Wed Feb 24, 2016 3:18 pm

Yes, great place to start. You may find the simplest recipes are often the best.

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Post by Stonelaw81 » Fri Feb 26, 2016 11:04 pm

Great too thanks for this

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by masterplaster12 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:04 am

hi will smoked paprika kill the flavour of the gravy

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Corleone123 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:47 am

Should not there be also garam masala or something similar in basic mix?

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Cory Ander » Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:38 am

Not in this one, Corleone. It is a "simple" and "basic" spice mix intended to get those, who are new to BIR cooking, going. Garam masala can always be added separately (often towards the end of cooking). You might like to check this thread, which tries to explain more elaborate spice mixes in more detail.
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Cory Ander » Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:42 am

masterplaster wrote:will smoked paprika kill the flavour of the gravy
I'm not sure what you mean by "kill" it, but it may "overpower" it, masterplaster. The spice mix (as is the case with a curry base) is intended to be something that is fairly neutral i.e. something that can be built upon. Smoked paprika may not only overpower a curry base (which, in turn, may overpower every main dish that you make from it) but it may overpower every dish that you use the spice mix in. But please try it....and let us know how you get on....
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by netsniper » Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:54 am

What results have peeps had with this mix?

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Cory Ander » Fri Apr 01, 2016 11:59 am

netsniper,

You might like to check out some of the posts and comments (from those who have tried it and have made curries from it) made in the other "simple" recipes made in this Beginners' Guide section of the forum (i.e. simple curry base, simple madras, simple korma and simple pilau rice) to see?

Alternatively, why not try it and let other members know?

It is not intended to be "the best" spice mix. At the risk of repeating myself, it is a "simple" and "basic" spice mix intended to get those, who are new to British Indian Restaurant style cooking, going....
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by netsniper » Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:13 pm

Thanks for the reply M8 I'll give it a try :thumbup:

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Cory Ander » Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:15 pm

Good oh, please let us know how you find it (i'll hold you to it! ;): )
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Corleone123 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:59 pm

OK, thank you for reply Cory!

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by masterplaster12 » Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:03 am

hi Cory yes I meant over power the gravy, got some normal paprika now and going to try my first gravy today :thumbup: . thanks

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by bramtim1888 » Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:08 pm

Does it matter what type of Paprika, Hungarian, Spanish etc. Is there a preference.

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Westy » Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:42 pm

Just good quality unsmoked paprika will do fine regardless of where it's from Tim :thumbup:
A curry can never be ‘too garlicky’ or ‘too hot’ .....

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by maverick002 » Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:56 pm

looking forward to giving this a try this weekend! Oddly enough it is difficult to find even some simple ingredients here in Canada and some of the base and simple spices used in BIR curries are hard to come by. Luckily one of the local shops has a well stocked 'ethnic' section!

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