Authentic Curry Powder
Authentic Curry Powder recipe 56
red chile powder
Take the first four ingredients (those headed "To Parch") and roast in a moderate oven, or parch in a dry frying pan, until a rich aroma is given off, but taking care not to burn them.
Allow to cool before mixing with the second batch of ingredients.
Put the mixed cooled spices in a grinder (we use an old coffee grinder) and grind until finely powdered.
Pass through a fine sieve, and if necessary re-grind.
Store the mixed spices in a large jar with an airtight stopper.
All spices keep best if stored in a cool dry dark place.
Curry powder, if kept in an airtight jar, improves with moderate keeping (up to a year or so).