Eric Wolfinger

Want curry in a hurry? 
Reach for one of these 
top-shelf, freshly ground 
spice blends from the 
pros to instantly 
elevate any dish.

F&W Editors
February 08, 2018

BIJU’S MADRAS 
CURRY SPICE BLEND


Colorado restaurateur Biju 
Thomas’ marigold-colored madras curry blend is a perfect balance of warming spices. Add to caramelized onions then simmer with coconut milk for a quick curry base. $8 for 2.8 oz.; amazon.com

LA BOÎTE VOYAGER 
BLENDS MASSALIS


Chefs Eric Ripert, of Le Bernardin, and Lior Lev Sercarz collaborated on this fragrant blend, which incorporates fenugreek, turmeric, honey, and clove. Throw it over roasted vegetables or Greek yogurt. $15 for 2.5 oz.; amazon.com

RUMI AFGHAN CURRY BRAISE


Toasted cardamom, black pepper, nigella seed, and saffron form the backbone of this coarse, earthy rub, which is produced by a company that empowers Afghan women. We love it on lamb or pumpkin. $12 for 
2.5 oz.; amazon.com



SPICEOLOGY CURRY MADRAS


Chef Pete Taylor (the resident spice expert for thespruce.com) grinds and packs this fluffy, allspice- and clove-forward blend to order. Large-format cannisters encourage a generous hand. $11 for 16 oz.; amazon.com

SPICEWALLA INDIAN ESSENTIALS


James Beard nominee Meherwan Irani roasts and grinds his spices in small batches for optimal flavor. The Indian Essentials Collection includes three regional spice blends: a cardamom-scented garam masala, a smoky tandoori masala, and a gingery madras curry powder. $24 for 3 (1.5-oz.) tins; spicewallabrand.com 


SUN BRAND MADRAS
CURRY POWDER


Created in 1876, this storied blend has a wonderfully savory aspect thanks to a dose of salt and garlic in the mix. It’s delicious on poultry, tossed with roasted veg, and over popcorn. $6 for 4 oz.; amazon.com

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