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Curry Know Your Herbs and Spices #FoodieFriendsFriday

Curry in the spice-bazaar (egypitan) in Istanbul
Curry in the spice-bazaar (egypitan) in Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Curry Powder is a blend of several spices to produce that unique flavor.

The blend I use lists mustard, turmeric, coriander, cumin and cloves. It has been noted that up 20 spices were combined in some blends. Turmeric gives curry powder its distinctive golden color. Although some curry powders can have heat, most are mild and slightly sweet.
Indian Cuisine put curry on the map. Mild or spicy recipes are endless. This blend works as well with meat as vegetables.
This home-style turkey dish gets a boost with the addition of extra cumin. Apples compliment curry powder’s warm flavors.
Do you have a favorite curry blend you would like to share with our readers?
Curried Turkey Pasta Skillet
1 cup penne pasta
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup apple juice
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 medium unpeeled apple, cored and chopped
1 can (16 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 Tablespoons parsley
1 Tablespoon olive oil

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, set aside.
In a large skillet, cook turkey, onion, garlic in olive oil until turkey is no longer pink.
Add tomatoes, apple juice, curry, cumin, apple and parsley, simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes until apple is crisp tender (not mushy).
Stir in cooked pasta. Serve.

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
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