Having great homemade condiments and flavour bursts on hand is the easiest way to turn your cooking from ho-hum to ‘wow, what have you done?!’
One of my absolute favourite must-have pantry essentials is Vadouvan curry powder. This French version of an Indian curry powder is a warm, toasty and well-rounded spice mix with a gorgeous rusty orange colour and a gentle chilli kick. You can make it in less than 10 minutes! Click through to the recipe.
By the way, it’s pronounced vuh-doo-vun.
See below for the base recipe and for some of my favourite ways to get vadouvan va-va-voom in my life. You may also like to add vadouvan to marinades, dressings, scrambled eggs and marinated fetta. The Barbecue chapter of my Entertaining cookbook includes a great recipe for Vadouvan-spiced Mini Rolls: they’re stuffed with caramelised onion and brushed with vadouvan – so great!
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Watch this video to see me make vadouvan, then use it in a light coconut curry that’s the base for a tasty steamed mussels dish. Serve it as an entree or build the dish up with noodles, veg and extra seafood to turn it into a sustaining meal.
Flavoured pastry, shredded chicken and buttered leeks take this easy chicken tart to the next level. Use vadouvan where the filling calls for curry powder. I also show you how to make a pastry lattice!
- This incredible creation is an amalgam of two great recipes, one for a pork curry, and one for a pillowy soft white bread. We wrap the pork curry like a tasty present then stuff it inside the bread before it's baked. The result is a 'golden pillow' with a delicious surprise inside.