The French and British certainly had definite interest in India as a country to “colonize” and as a result, many of India’s flavors quickly became a part of the Western culinary fabric. French chefs and English cooks soon began keeping curry blends as a regular pantry staple.
Vadouvan is a sophisticated French interpretation of Indian masala with distinctive French influence, combining classic curry spices of mustard seeds, fenugreek, cumin, coriander, cardamom and spicy chiles with savory garlic, onion, and shallot. This derivative style of curry powder originated in the southern Indian region of Puducherry, which was intermittently governed as a French colony from the late 17th century until the region gained its independence in 1954.
There are more than two-dozen hand-blended classic curry spices combined to create our Vadouvan French Masala Curry which has a rich, savory flavor that is more familiar to Western palates than many Indian spice mixtures. It can be used as a substitute for curry powder.
Vadouvan is one of the most delicately flavored curry blends, but it does have a spicy kick of heat. Its bold but elegant flavor can stand up to powerful flavors like lamb, goat or yogurt, but it is also subtle enough to enhance chicken or delicate vegetables. The longer it cooks, the more its rich, roasted qualities come through.
Ground to fine powder with flecks of spices
Elegant curry flavor with garlic and shallots
Golden curry color with multicolored spices
- Use in any recipe or application calling for curry powder
- Season lamb, goat, chicken, tangy yogurts and winter squash
- Add to meat rubs, popcorn, dips, sauces, vinaigrettes and compound butters
- Fantastic with chicken and fish, but also compliments grains, lentils, rice, or roasted root vegetables
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