Vadouvan Spice

Vadouvan is a super fragrant French-Indian curry mix that blends sautéed, roasted onions, shallots and garlic into the spices. Slideshow: More Spice Recipes 


  • 2 pounds onions, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 pounds shallots, halved

  • 12 garlic cloves, peeled

  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil

  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh curry leaves, optional

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds

  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a food processor, working in 3 batches, coarsely chop the onions; transfer to a medium bowl. Repeat with the shallots and garlic, chopping them separately and adding them to the onions.

  3. In a large deep nonstick skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion mixture and cook over high heat, stirring often, until golden and browned in spots, 25 to 30 minutes.

  4. In a spice mill or mortar, grind the fenugreek seeds. Stir into the onion mixture along with the remaining ingredients. Scrape onto the prepared baking sheet and spread in a thin even layer. Bake, stirring occasionally with a skewer to separate the onions, for about 1 hour, until deeply browned and barely moist.

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