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best curry powder?

what shop in zürich (or online shop) has the best curry powder?

before anyone says that all shop-bought curry powders are the same, nope, i have some from the US (from mountain rose herbs) which consistently makes magic curries. unfortunately they terminated international delivery

tried migros and coop curry powders - ok but nothing special. globus has a big range but i would rather get a recommendation in that case because of the prices

thanks for any tips about shops or brands, esp spicy curry powder with a kick
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Re: best curry powder?

Curry powders become stale after 3 months, so why not grind your own: the whole spices keep for 12 months.

More kick required? Just add more chilli and black pepper powders.
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Re: best curry powder?

If you really want to make Indian food, don't buy curry powder.

Always always use the individual spices.
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Curry powders become stale after 3 months, so why not grind your own: the whole spices keep for 12 months.

More kick required? Just add more chilli and black pepper powders.
Maybe I need to try it. Do you mean with a spice grinder like the attached image? Do you have any particular recipe that you like? No doubt I can google plenty of recipes, but just to ask some advice...
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what shop in zürich (or online shop) has the best curry powder?

before anyone says that all shop-bought curry powders are the same, nope, i have some from the US (from mountain rose herbs) which consistently makes magic curries. unfortunately they terminated international delivery

tried migros and coop curry powders - ok but nothing special. globus has a big range but i would rather get a recommendation in that case because of the prices

thanks for any tips about shops or brands, esp spicy curry powder with a kick
Do a forum search for "Indian food", and then read the relevantly named threads with the most posts in them. The topic has been often discussed.

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Maybe I need to try it. Do you mean with a spice grinder like the attached image? Do you have any particular recipe that you like? No doubt I can google plenty of recipes, but just to ask some advice...
You mentioned "Mountain Rose Herbs".
Look up the ingredients of your favorite curry powder from them and then search for a recipe with these ingredients. Adjust to match your taste:
https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/catalog/herbs/spices
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Re: best curry powder?

You can Google for many curry recipes. Look for a good shop selling Asian spices, which is busy, as you need the shop to buy their spices often, and not sell you spices that have been on the shop shelf for 6 months.
Aggarwal is very good https://www.google.ch/?gws_rd=ssl#q=aggarwal

Curry pastes keep longer than powders, but I don't like the flavours of commercial pastes. http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/r...-curry-pastes/

I keep about 10 whole spices in small jars, and I grind the amounts I need each time in a pestle and mortar. But a coffee grinder is also fine. You can use ready ground spices, but as already mentioned, they have a short shelf life, and when stale they become boring.
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Re: best curry powder?

Thanks. I usually go for sprint cooking on work evenings, 15 mins to serving, hence I like curry powder. But I am highly tempted now to try a spice grinder and see how it goes, it seems like it could be reasonably fast prep with the Kuhn Rikon grinder or a coffee grinder.

Prof Taratonga - unfortunately Mountain Rose Herbs have secret ingredients, see the end of the list -
Contains: organic Coriander, organic Turmeric, organic Fenugreek, organic Ginger, organic Mustard Seed, organic Black Pepper, organic Cayenne, and organic spices.

I can take it as a starting point. Although some things I assume that I will anyway be buying as a ground spice, not a whole spice e.g. turmeric, so it's the same problem of finding a good source for ground spices as for curry powder. Will check out Aggarwal.
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Re: best curry powder?

Barkat (which seems to have gotten a homepage, after all: http://www.barkat.ch (just no real content ATM) also has a variety of ready-to-go curry-mixtures on sale.

And, of course, all the ingredients.

Close to it, on Birmensdorferstrasse en route to Bahnhof Wiedikon there's a (Chinese I assume) store that has even more stuff.
They have a lot more fresh stuff, too (like fresh coriander with roots).
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Re: best curry powder?

If You have all Indian Spices than you dont need Curry powder. But still if you Want , you can find them easily on any Indian Store like ' Art of food' thats in Oerlikon.
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Re: best curry powder?

I moved from ready made curry powder to 'grind your own' about 6 months ago.. world of difference...

I also invested in an electric mill. (Some purist poo poo them, they say it heats the powder.. but mine doesn't and I think they're worrying about older machines.) It now takes 30 seconds to chuck in the spices and get enough for a few weeks. Plus it's always going to be a little bit different depending on what you put in....
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I moved from ready made curry powder to 'grind your own' about 6 months ago.. world of difference...

I also invested in an electric mill. (Some purist poo poo them, they say it heats the powder.. but mine doesn't and I think they're worrying about older machines.) It now takes 30 seconds to chuck in the spices and get enough for a few weeks. Plus it's always going to be a little bit different depending on what you put in....
Do you have a link to the mill you bought?
I have a flour mill, but I don't really want to use to to mill spices (even though it would probably do).
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what shop in zürich (or online shop) has the best curry powder?

before anyone says that all shop-bought curry powders are the same, nope, i have some from the US (from mountain rose herbs) which consistently makes magic curries. unfortunately they terminated international delivery

tried migros and coop curry powders - ok but nothing special. globus has a big range but i would rather get a recommendation in that case because of the prices

thanks for any tips about shops or brands, esp spicy curry powder with a kick

Hi!
Just noticed this thread. In case you are looking for instant curry mixes or individual spices then please visit my newly launched website http://curryinahurry.tictail.com/ , selling organic and freshly grounded spices and worldwide spice blends with delivery anywhere in Switzerland.

You can also visit our FB page for reviews on products and services. https://www.facebook.com/lazywomenscurry.

Something to try if you wish. Many thanks
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Do you have a link to the mill you bought?
I just bought a T&G Crushgrind Spice Mill which has good online reviews e.g.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/CrushGrind-S.../dp/B0013XTG58

I only just got it and not actually tried it yet but it has a solid quality feel. I am next going to gear up with spices.

Thanks again Sbrinz for your suggestion to try cooking with the raw spices instead of curry powder. I had always thought of curries as being beyond my cook ability, but now I am looking forward to trying some recipes from the basic spices.
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Re: best curry powder?

This just appeared in Migros, whole spices in a disposable spice mill -

migipedia.migros.ch/de/selection-indian-madras-curry

Ingredients - Kochsalz 25 %, Koriander, Cayennepfeffer, Knoblauch, Kreuzkümmel, Zwiebeln, Kurkuma, Zimt, Kardamom, Palmöl. Kochsalzgehalt insgesamt 25 %.

I tried it in a couple of meals and it has a good taste, not powerful but good flavor appeal. I'm not sure what Palmöl is doing in a spice mill, maybe it's a preservative.

I have also started with my own spice mill and I am using cloves a lot. I even tried ground cloves in an omelet. It's not a subtle spice but it really gets a bit addictive. I actually think that cloves would go great in chocolate. Google shows up a few hits for that combination - someone tell Sprüngli...
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Re: best curry powder?

"Wiberg" is one of the best companies for spices. For a price of course. They have more than one curry mixes. In general all their spices are top quality, miles above McCormick and all those Coop/Migros labeled spices.

This red curry mix for example tastes amazing but it all has to do with one's own likings.

http://www.wibergathome.com/de/produkte/roter-curry-29/
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This just appeared in Migros, whole spices in a disposable spice mill -

migipedia.migros.ch/de/selection-indian-madras-curry

Ingredients -Kochsalz 25 %, Koriander, Cayennepfeffer, Knoblauch, Kreuzkümmel, Zwiebeln, Kurkuma, Zimt, Kardamom, Palmöl. Kochsalzgehalt insgesamt 25 %.

I tried it in a couple of meals and it has a good taste, not powerful but good flavor appeal. I'm not sure what Palmöl is doing in a spice mill, maybe it's a preservative.
25% salt! geez that is really stupid. Every kitchen has salt and pepper, you can always add more salt, in small amounts, but you cannot take it away! With good spices you only need a small amount of salt, if any.
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Re: best curry powder?

Last week RTS consumer show A bon entendeur had an interesting piece on curry. They show a couple Swiss spice makers, and also run a comparison test of curry powders available at major retailers.

Turns out the cheapest (Aldi) was the best. As a result, it's out of stock now at most Aldi stores in Suisse romande. Ingredients are: Turmeric, coriander, mustard flour, chillies, cumin, celery seed, fenugreek seed, fennel, bay leaf, table salt, dextrose.
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Last week RTS consumer show A bon entendeur had an interesting piece on curry. They show a couple Swiss spice makers, and also run a comparison test of curry powders available at major retailers.

Turns out the cheapest (Aldi) was the best. As a result, it's out of stock now at most Aldi stores in Suisse romande. Ingredients are: Turmeric, coriander, mustard flour, chillies, cumin, celery seed, fenugreek seed, fennel, bay leaf, table salt, dextrose.
Interesting - but I doubt it is very spicy.

Garam Masala is the only spicy pre-curry mix I've been able to locate in Switzerland outside of the Indian shops.
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Interesting - but I doubt it is very spicy.

Garam Masala is the only spicy pre-curry mix I've been able to locate in Switzerland outside of the Indian shops.
Garam Masala is not standard, it will vary in ingredients and method from region to region, family to family. It can be dry, wet, plain, roasted etc.

What does 'pre-curry' mean?

Spices are used to make a curry, Garam Masala can be used for this, but usually curries are finished and taste corrected with Garam Masala.
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