A signature of Indian cuisine, Vindaloos are considered to be the spiciest of Indian curries. With a perfect balance of spicy heat and complex layers of flavor this is our newest curry powder that was in response to numerous requests from our curry powder aficionados.
Indigenous to the Goa region of western India which for more than four centuries was ruled by the Portuguese, Vindaloo Curry was originally a Portuguese dish called Carne de Vinha d’Alhos made with chiles, pork and vinegar, but though the years of local Indian influence it’s now more thought of as an Indian curry with some spicy kick to it.
There are several variations of Vindaloo Curry dishes found in the Goa area. The Catholics, who make up about a third of the population, prefer Pork Vindaloo while the Hindus and Muslims opt for chicken, duck or lamb Vinadloos.
There is even some intriguing controversy regarding the inclusion of potatoes in Vindaloo curry dishes. Some believe that potatoes should never be part of a traditional Vindaloo while others believe these have long been added to lamb Vindaloo dishes as a way to add more quantity to the dish and use less of the expensive lamb meat. There are really no hard and fast “Vindaloo curry rules” for preparing your own dish – add potatoes if you like potatoes.
This Vindaloo Curry Powder recipe was given to us by one of our favorite chefs who specializes is regional Indian cuisine and is a nice departure from the usually bright yellow curry powders (especially for those that aren’t big fans of Turmeric – a key ingredient in most curry powders) that most of our are familiar with.
Our Vindaloo Curry powder is hand blended from cumin, cayenne (our hot cayenne which is 80,000 – 90,000 SHU), black mustard, black pepper, cardamom and fenugreek.
Use this in any recipe that calls for curry powder.
If you’re a fan of curry powders you’ll love our selection that covers just about every profile imaginable – Sweet Curry, Madras Curry, Maharajah Curry, Garam Masala, Ras el Hanout, Colombo Powder (a Caribbean curry) and two basic curries a Medium Heat Curry and a Hot Curry.
Some of our favorite recipes using curry powder are Quick & Easy Vegetable Curry, Sauteed Beef with Spinach Curry Sauce, Rajma and Maple Spiced Nuts.
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