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!
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.
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?