Are you inspired by Indian cooking? Tempted by Thai dishes? Crazy about Caribbean flavors? Whatever international cuisine you're trying to recreate at home, it's often the careful blend of herbs and spices that transports your taste buds to these faraway lands.
All it takes is a pinch of this and a dash of that, and you're a million miles away. And the beauty is, most of us already have these ingredients in our pantries!
If Malaysian flavors are your weakness then you're in luck. Here I reveal my special curry powder recipe
to help you add an authentic Malaysian flavor to your dishes.
The Flavors of Malaysia
As anyone who's been to Malaysia will tell you, this Southeast Asian country is a beautiful blend of contrasts.
This is the land where ancient rainforests meet the buzz of a multicultural metropolis. Where you can enjoy a thrilling Legoland Malaysia package
one day and go scuba diving through hidden shipwrecks the next.
And, much like the fusion of ethnicities living in harmony in Malaysia, the country's cuisine brings together a range of different flavors, making their curries, satays, and other dishes so distinctive.
As in Chinese cuisine, garlic is important in Malaysian cooking, while you'll find red onions in many Malaysian dishes. Polygonum leaves are another Malaysian staple, as are Kaffir lime leaves
, curry leaves, and fennel.
Dried chili, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger are common for bringing warmth and a spicy flavor to many dishes. Tamarind, turmeric, and lemongrass are also key ingredients in Malaysian cuisine.
Malaysian Curry Powder Recipe
Often you'll see 'curry powder' listed as an ingredient for Malaysian curry recipes. But, if you want to add a more authentic Malaysian flavor to your cooking, this recipe offers the perfect substitute for curry powder.
And, you'll be pleased to learn that most of the essentials for my Malaysian curry spice recipe are likely to be on hand in your pantry.
To make around a third of a cup of homemade curry powder you'll need:
• 4 cardamom pods
• 4 dried red chilies
• 4 tbsp coriander seeds
• 2 tbsp cumin seeds
• 2 tsp fennel seeds
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1/2 tsp black peppercorns (around 20)
• 1/2 tsp whole cloves ( around 12-15)
Make sure you don't mix up your teaspoon and tablespoon amounts when measuring out your ingredients! Fennel is packed with health benefits
but it has a strong flavor so two teaspoons are enough, and the same goes for the half teaspoons of black peppercorns and cloves.
Once you've measured everything out, toast all the spices in a hot, dry skillet over medium heat for two to three minutes. Once they become fragrant, grind the toasted spices into a powder using a mortar and pestle
. Then, store your homemade curry powder in an airtight container.
Bring the Taste of Malaysia to Your Cooking
It might be easier to use store-bought curry powder in your curries and other culinary delights.
But as anyone who's tried this simple curry powder recipe will know, there's no substitute when it comes to bringing the true taste of Malaysia into your cooking.
For more delicious dishes from all over the world, be sure to check out my other recipes!