National Curry Week: get your rices and spices here!

October 7, 2019 6:14 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The nights are drawing in, the temperature’s dropping, there’s still a long way to go until Christmas – let’s face it, we need a curry. Perhaps a whole week of curries: it is, after all, National Curry Week!

Ready for a whole week of curry?

 

It’s not all about the eating – over the course of the week, curry-makers and enthusiasts will be celebrating the UK’s diverse cultures and heritage, as they tuck into curries from all corners of the world, made right here in Britain. There will also be fundraising efforts for projects in the countries where these dishes originated. Find out more about it all here and on twitter.

Naturally Good Food has got a small – but vital – part to play in helping you celebrate National Curry Week 2019. We’ve got the ingredients you need to make the very best of the world’s curries! Let’s take a look.

Nice spice!

You can’t have a curry without spice, and you shouldn’t try to have a curry without the very best spice. Naturally Good Food is famous for its range of organic spices. These are vibrant, colourful, pungent powders, which pack a real punch. They bring a freshness to your homemade curry that really makes it stand out – they also deliver some great health benefits too.

The simplest option might well be to plump for our hot curry powder. Wonderfully spicy, tongue-tinglingly hot and almost exploding with flavour, this pale golden powder is blended from organic coriander, cayenne pepper, fenugreek and turmeric, grown in Zimbabwe. It’s big, it’s bold and it makes a beautiful curry!

If you’re looking for individual curry spices, however, here are those that we think will most appeal to curry-lovers.

Turmeric: luminously yellow, turmeric brings a similar brightness, along with a peppery aroma and a musky taste, to a curry. Its main active ingredient is curcumin, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, and is a strong antioxidant.

Garam masala: we stock this hot, sweet, peppery blend of organic ground spices from Hambleden Herbs. This particular mix includes black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, ginger and nutmeg – it’s best added towards the end of cooking, to retain its delicate flavours.

Cumin (ground and seed): we love cumin for its warm flavour and pungent, but not overpowering, aroma. Whole cumin seeds are great roasted in a pan; ground cumin, meanwhile, has a mellower warmth. Cumin, in seed or powder form, is high in antioxidants and a natural antiseptic.

Coriander seed: coriander seeds, toasted in a dry frying pan and ground in a pestle and mortar, release an amazing, citrussy-sweet flavour. They’re rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C, and are great for combating colds.

Mustard seeds: with a nutty warmth, rather than a savage fire, mustard seeds make a great addition to a curry. They’re known as a good anti-inflammatory too.

Ginger: best used fresh, of course, but when you need powder, our ground ginger is as good as it gets, with a fiery, warming flavour. Ginger helps us absorb and digest our food; it also stimulates the circulation, so is great for cold hands and feet.

Chilli powder: chillies work by releasing endorphins, which block pain, blast away sniffles and generally make you feel happy. They give a curry the kick it needs – in a sweet, peppery way.

Cinnamon –we stock cinnamon bark at Naturally Good Food, as well as ground cinnamon, both of which are often needed in curries. Taken in the appropriate quantities, cinnamon is good for your heart and for blood sugar levels. It brings a gently spiced aroma to your savoury dishes.

Cardamom (green): sold in the pod, to retain the flavour of the seeds, this is a spice that’s well worth the outlay (it’s one of the most expensive of spices by weight – but you’ll never need much at a time)! It adds a particularly floral, slightly sweet warmth to a curry and is thought to be effective in dealing with all kinds of intestinal complaints too.

Nice rice!

Without rice, is it even curry? Once again, you can’t do better than buy your rice from Naturally Good Food. We’ve got a world-beating collection of rices, specializing in organic and wholegrain varieties.

Our very best rice is perhaps our basmati brown rice, which has a beautiful aroma and brings a comprehensive range of health benefits. It’s high in fibre and protein, rich in B vitamins and a whole host of minerals, and packed with omega fatty acids, essential amino acids and antioxidants. Whether you’re trying to prevent a disease, or find the best way to live with one, you’re likely to find brown rice high on your list of suggested foods.

If you really, really want white rice, however, then try our fragrant basmati white instead!

Or how about our jasmine brown and white rices, for wonderfully authentic Thai food – or our other options, including black and red rice, wild rice, and short– and long-grain rices?

Some people like a curry to blow their socks off – others like it gently warming. There’s a curry for everyone out there, and there’s an ingredient for every curry at Naturally Good Food!

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