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Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Sianlewis25 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:40 pm

Reckon I will give this a go!

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Dancurry1 » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:05 pm

Would garlic, ginger and onion powder add extra depth or would it be too much? I sometimes add too much powders and the taste is way too much, or maybe I burn them.

Will the powders cook in water or does it need the higher temperatures of the fat?

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Cory Ander » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:20 am

You will find plenty of other, more complex, spice mixes in the Curry Powders/Spice Mixes/Masalas section of the forum, Dan.

Your second question/topic probably warrants a new thread (if one doesn't already exist) in the relevant section of the forum.
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by countryboy » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:24 pm

Hi just checking out the simple spice mix (aka mixed spice) why is the no chilli powder added to the mix or I guess you add it at the cooking stage?

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by steveparadox » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:41 pm

Hi Countryboy,

most mix powders don't have chili powder. Some have a bit. Pakistani cooking would use quite a lot. But for BIR, the chilli powders are usually added with the rest of the spices when cooking individual dishes. I guess it makes it more versatile to cooking different types of dishes.

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by StoneCut » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:02 pm

CA, just a heads up -> I believe this recipe is not in your recipe index.
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by adamup » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:36 pm

This was great in my first Chicken Tikka Masala from this forum (I used the base from the beginner's section). I made one adjustment and added 3 parts Madras Curry Powder to the mix. It added a nice bit of complexity to the final curry!

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Jenkitractorboy » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:03 am

Are the supermarket supplied ground cumin or ground coriander etc suitable for this mix?

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by ScotchBonnet » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:46 am

Most spices lose flavour gradually. Seeds such as coriander and cumin lose flavour more quickly once theyv are ground. Ideally you would grind them as freshly as possible. So, you can use store-bought powder but it will have lost some of its flavour maybe months before you even buy it.
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Cory Ander » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:42 am

Yes, they will be fine (albeit rather expensive compared to what you would pay in an Asian store). Just ensure that the expiry date is some time away. As SB says, you'll probably get the best result by grinding whole seeds.
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Jenkitractorboy » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:35 am

Thanks both SB and CA. I am just going out to an Asian shop in Ipswich and will see what seeds I can get there. I'll keep you posted.

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by ScotchBonnet » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:05 pm

If you decide - for whatever reason - not to grind seeds, then rather than buy powders and blend them you might try something already blended such as "Kitchen King masala" which tastes like a good spice mix plus a little something extra and comes in a foil pack inside a little cardboard box. It's a bit like like using pre-made pastes or not - you balance convenience against freshness and the desire to participate in more parts of the creation of your dishes.
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by stevie » Tue May 23, 2017 8:20 pm

How often should you renew powders ? just follow the BB date ?

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Cory Ander » Wed May 24, 2017 2:18 am

Suggest you check out the Storing Spices - Shelf Life? thread, stevie.
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Wrongway » Tue May 30, 2017 1:36 pm

I am hoping to try this. I have genuine Hungarian paprika which I believe is sweeter than the usual Spanish kind. Is this suitable or would the commoner Spanish type be best. I have smokes as well but I believe this is not suitable.

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Westy » Tue May 30, 2017 5:43 pm

Wrongway - your Hungarian paprika will be fine .... I use the same . I would steer clear of the smoked paprika though regardless of origin :D
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Wrongway » Tue May 30, 2017 6:01 pm

Thank's Westy. Hungarian Paprika is so nice to cook with. Makes a very nice goulash.

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Cory Ander » Wed May 31, 2017 1:40 am

Hungarian will do just fine, Wrongway. Maybe only try "smoked" once you've tried it with "non-smoked" (for comparison)?
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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by ChakDePhatte » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:13 pm

This looks pretty simple to try first. Is this suppose to be used like a premixed Curry Powder we get at an Indian Market Place?

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Re: Simple Spice Mix (aka Mixed Powder)

Post by Cory Ander » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:15 am

Yes, it is essentially a "proprietary" curry powder/massala. Individual recipes will define how and when to use it.
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