We all know how much cheaper it is to prepare a meal at home rather than eating out, however, you can take it a step further by making your own sauces and spices. I have previously posted my recipe for Worcestershire sauce (see the link under ‘Recipes’ on the right-hand side of the blog).
Curry powder is a perfect example of something you can make up yourself. You probably have curry paste in the refrigerator (maybe even a couple of different types) but this powder mix is great for any recipe where it calls for a teaspoon or so of curry powder. It is also perfect to have made up rather than trying to make a curry with 1/2 teaspoon of this and that. I originally made this as a time-saving measure because I found it so fiddly to have to measure out small quantities of lots of spices whenever I went to make a curry.
35 g cumin (powdered)
35 g coriander (powdered)
20 g tumeric (powdered)
20 g cardamom (powdered)
15 g chilli (powdered)
1 cinnamon stick
5 g yellow mustard seeds
10 g black peppercorns
Place the cinnamon, cloves, mustard seeds and peppercorns in a spice grinder and grind until powdered. Combine all ingredients and store in a dry glass jar.
Use according to taste.
I buy all of my spices from Simply Good at Morayfield. They are in bulk containers so I take my own paper bags and then decant them into my jars when I get home. This helps to eliminate any packaging.
Today I have also made balsamic syrup and am making grainy mustard. More on both of those another day.