Bafat (Hurry Curry)
At a glance
about 1 3/4 cups
1/3 cup coriander seeds
Dry the whole spices in the oven at 300 degrees F. for 15 minutes, taking care they do not burn. Remove them from the oven, cool, and grind them together with the ground and powdered spices in a spice mill in small batches. Mix all together in a bowl. Store in airtight jars.
There are scores of curry powders on the market today. The purists may frown on curry powders, but they are indeed useful for making curries in a hurry. Even in India, curry powders have become an integral part of middle class family life. This curry powder, called bafat, is from the southwestern region of India. It can be used for a meat, fish, or any vegetable curry. It can even be used the same day for two completely different dishes, each with its own unique flavor! Traditionally, the spices are sun-dried for three days and then roasted.