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Where does curry powder come from?

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The curry powder sold in supermarkets is similar to garam masala that comes from India and contains a mixture of ground spices. Traditional Indian dishes do not contain curry powder as Westerners know it; cooks use a variety of blends and ratios of ingredients that differ from one region and one family to the next. In addition, the recipe changes according to the type of dish.

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Indian spice merchants invented curry powder for Brits returning to England from India in the 1780s, when the country was a British colony. Some returning personnel had become accustomed to Indian food and they adapted the pre-mixed powders to suit their own tastes.

Curry powder typically contains ground coriander, ground cumin, ground pepper, turmeric and ground ginger. Garam masala is a sweeter mix that contains cardamom, coriander, cumin, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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