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Curry Powder (a most excellent)


  • 2 large old fowls
  • 1 lb. coriander
  • 1/8 lb. chillies or cayenne
  • 6 oz. saffron
  • 2 large spoons cumin seed
  • 1 oz. dry ginger
  • 2 oz. garlic
  • 4 large spoons of rice powder or 4 large spoons of dried peas (roasted and ground)
  • 1/2 handful dried bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 2 doz. cloves
  • 1/4 lb. button onions
  • 1/4 lb. butter or ghee


Clean the fowls and cut them in small pieces, the giblets and all. Put into a large saucepan, and add a few quarts of water, and boil it very tender, I mean simmer gently for two days. The bones, meat, etc., should be mashed up. Now take out all the bones, and keep to a side. Take a large saucepan, put in the butter and sliced onions, and fry it to a brown colour. Now add all the Curry Powders, garlic chopped up, bay leaves, dry ginger, cloves, pepper, all in powders, and fry gently for a few minutes. Now add the gravy of boiled fowls, with the meat, etc., and let it simmer so a few minutes. When all these are reduced to three quarts, just dish it on a flat dish and let it cool for a day, or till it gets hard as a brick. Now pound this in a stone-made mortar to a smooth powder, and bottle it, well corked, and use for Brown Curries, a dessertspoon to a pound, with sliced onions, milk or gravy, and lemon juice.

N.B. The above recipe is a most excellent of all the Curry Powders and Pastes, only second to none. In India we can prepare the above with tamarind included, for acid taste, and few other ingredients which can get fresh in Ceylon and India, but I think not procurable in England.


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The Curry Cook's Assistant (1889).

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