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Friday, July 3, 2009

Kothanbiri Havaadhu ( Maldivian Curry Powder 1)

Curries are very commonly cooked in maldives. Roasted curry powder is a blend of spices , made by roasting them first on a dry hot pan and then ground to a fine powder. This can be added to while making fish curries, chicken and even vegetabe curries.

2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
½ tbsp fennel seeds
2 dried red chillies
1 tsp tumeric powder
1” piece cinnamon
8 black peppercorns
5 cardamon , seeds only

1.Heat a large frying pan, over a medium flame. Add your spices except tumeric.
2.Dry fry them till they release their aroma, give the pan a shake to prevent the spices from burning. Dry fry for about 2 minutes, and let it cool
3.Once the spices are cooled slightly, add tumeric and , grind them in a spice grinder , or your motor and pestle , to a fine powder .
4.Store in an air tight container in a cool dry place till needed.

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