More Than Madras takes a mix powder, a secret blend of spices used in many British Indian Restaurants, adds more spices, which are commonly used in making a Madras and then more ingredients, 32 to be precise, to accentuate the flavour of a typical Madras.
With a heat level around the Madras mark (just add extra chilli to ramp the heat up a little!) this blend of spices will make a magical madras.
It doesn’t stop there though! Try this mix in a any recipe where a gutsy flavour and heat level is required. Pathia, garlic chilli chicken, vindaloo is just a few of the many curries that can be made with this curry powder.
More Than Madras will work in many well-known curry writers and food bloggers recipes.
Misty Ricardo’s Curry Kitchen Madras by Richard Sayce is one that springs to mind. Just use instead of the mix powder and add the chilli to taste if you want it hotter.
Another excellent recipe is from Romain Saha of Glebe Kitchen for his Hotel Style Chicken Pathia – More Than Madras is perfect as the recipe requires Hot Madras Powder.
More Than Madras has the usual spices in it. Turmeric, cumin and coriander are prevalent. Slightly more cumin is added to help with the earthy flavours that go so well with a Madras, the heat comes from Teja chillies and Birdseye chillies, and a substantial amount of Kashmiri chilli gives a lovely colour to your finished dishes.
Toasted coconut is added to help round and soften the flavours while dried lemon, mango, tamarind and a small amount of citric acid help give a tang that will be accentuated with any sharp ingredients you add such as lemon, lime or vinegar. A little sugar helps balance the sour flavours.
The cinnamon is ramped up in this mix to give warming and naturally sweet tones. Star anise continues with this theme again giving more sweet and warm overtones.
At the very simplest you can make a wonderfully simple Madras curry by just adding this masala to fried onions, garlic and ginger before adding tomato paste, tinned tomatoes, your main ingredient and some bottled or fresh lemon juice.
If you’re looking for more inspiration why not check out The Curry Secret group on Facebook.
Allergy Advice: contains mustard. May contain traces of nuts/peanuts. Made in an environment where gluten, celery, sulphites, sesame and soya are handled. Some of the ingredients used are packed where lupin is handled.