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In the Kitchen: Curry Powder & Sweet + Spicy BBQ Sauce

As part of my culinary nutrition program with Meghan Telpner, each week we have two to three recipes to make, photograph, and review (in addition to reading, a live class, a written assignment, a workshop, and a quiz – phew!). Today, our first recipe assignment is due: Curry Powder and a Sweet + Spicy BBQ Sauce. I’ve posted a photo or two on instagram already, but I realized a similar variation of the BBQ Sauce is available on Meghan’s blog (the curry powder does not appear to be posted there), and so I thought I might turn this into a weekly update, in case you’d like to follow along with me.

It’s fun to make other people’s recipes in addition to my own, both because it’s nice to let someone else do the heavy lifting once in a while, but also because it gives me inspiration for new ingredient and flavor combinations that weren’t previously on my radar. The recipe assignments will become more complicated over time, but for now, I’m really enjoying breaking down the basics – things we often buy pre-made – and learning what exactly goes into them.

I’ll plan to post a few photos each week, as well as links to the recipes when they’re available.

Happy (from scratch) cooking!

Curry Powder

Homemade Curry Powder | picklesnhoney.com

Homemade Curry Powder | picklesnhoney.com

Homemade Curry Powder | picklesnhoney.com

Homemade Curry Powder | picklesnhoney.com

Notes:
This was my first time making curry powder from scratch and I loved it! I don’t think I ever knew every ingredient that was included before making this, and the smell alone was worthwhile. It’s more fragrant and flavorful than pre-made curry powders for sure. It does require a lot of ingredients, but they were mostly all spices that I already had on hand. I used my Vitamix to grind the spices and this worked out well…aside from temporarily staining it a lovely shade of yellow.

Sweet + Spicy BBQ Sauce

Homemade Sweet + Spicy BBQ Sauce | picklesnhoney.com

Homemade Sweet + Spicy BBQ Sauce | picklesnhoney.com

Homemade Sweet + Spicy BBQ Sauce | picklesnhoney.com

Homemade Sweet + Spicy BBQ Sauce | picklesnhoney.com

Notes:
I really enjoyed the sweet molasses and the acidity from the apple cider vinegar in this sauce, and it was the ideal sweetness for me. The cooking process was very easy and I’d say ten minutes for prep time is even a little generous. I think next time I might make the BBQ sauce a bit smoky with either liquid smoke or smoked paprika.

Original recipe available here.

Have you ever made curry powder or BBQ sauce from scratch? What are you up to in the kitchen this week?

xo
Amanda

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  1. i normally just buy curry powder but i bet making yourself is worth it. i have so many spices i have hoarded over the years, i will have to check the recipe to see if i can make it.

  2. I’m excited about the BBQ sauce, love homemade things!

    1. Amanda says

      It’s really good, Abby! The recipe makes a lot too…I think I need to give some away. That or put BBQ sauce on everything!

  3. Kait says

    YAY updates on your class + a different kind of peek into your kitchen. This made me really h appy for some reason.

    Also – I never would have even thought of homemade curry powder! Wow. 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      So glad you like the post, Kait! xo

  4. I’ve made my own BBQ sauce before and it was very easy! I also make my own ketchup, my kids prefer it over the store bought kind.

    I’ve never made curry powder, though I did once look up the spices needed to do so. I often make my own taco seasoning and Italian dressing seasoning mixes.

  5. I’ve never made a dry curry but I’d love to tackle a wet one. Those tiny jars of curry paste are so expensive and you know I’ll be using half a bottle for one recipe. Curry For Life.

    1. Amanda says

      Yes, curry for life!

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