Ceylon Dark Curry Powder
At a glance
about 1 cup
10 small, hot dried red chiles, such as piquins, seeds and stems removed
Roast the chiles on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees until they turn very dark. Remove and allow them to cool.
Some Sri Lankan curries are quite dark--almost black--because the various seeds that are used are toasted or roasted to a dark brown color. They are also quite hot, as is this basic southern powder.