What is the difference between Curry Powder and Masala?

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Durban Masala added to sunflower oil, onions, garlic & ginger and green chillies is the base for a great Durban Curry.

First, let’s talk about the term “masala.” Masala is a broad term used in South Asian cuisine, particularly Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi cuisines, to refer to a blend of spices. It can be a dry powder or a paste that is used to flavor various dishes. The composition of a masala can vary greatly depending on the region, the dish it’s being used for, and personal preferences. It often includes spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, pepper, cardamom, clove, and others.

On the other hand, “curry powder” is a pre-made spice mix that is used in Western cuisines to mimic the flavors of South Asian cuisine. Curry powder was created by the British during their colonization of India to bring the flavors of Indian cuisine back home. It typically includes turmeric, which gives it a yellow color, as well as coriander, cumin, and other spices.

In the context of Durban Curry, however, things are a little different. Durban is a city in South Africa with a large Indian population, and Durban Curry is a specific style of curry that has developed here. It is known for its deep red color, which comes from the use of tomatoes and red chili peppers, and it is typically quite spicy.

Durban Masala is a specific type of masala that is used in Durban Curry. It is a blend of spices that includes cloves, cinnamon, fenugreek, cardamom, and others, in addition to the chili peppers and tomatoes. It’s worth noting that the particular blend of spices in Durban Masala can vary from family to family and restaurant to restaurant.

In the case of Durban Curry, “curry powder” wouldn’t be used – instead, the specific blend of spices that makes up Durban Masala would be used to flavor the dish.

In summary, masala and curry powder are both blends of spices, but they differ in their origins, typical ingredients, and how they’re used. In the specific context of Durban Curry, a unique type of masala, Durban Masala, is used to give the dish its characteristic flavor and color.

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