Curry Blends

Épices de Cru Vindaloo Masala


In a nutshell: Grind our fiery spice blend then marinate with meats and vinegar for really authentic Vindaloo pork or chicken dishes far better than your usual takeaway!

We Brits love a hot and spicy Vindaloo take-away curry after a night at the pub. Another legacy from the Portuguese in Goa who preserved pork layered with the local chillies, garlic, spices and vinegar in barrels for the long voyages home. Taking it's etymological name from vinho d'alhos (literally garlic wine), this technique for preserving meat soon morphed into a spice blend for cooking Vindaloo dishes all around the Indian Ocean islands, especially Mauritius. Still excellent for pork, Vindaloo is prepared by marinating meat with the ground spices, wine vinegar and loads of garlic. After 24 hours, the meat is simmered with onions and some water until tender. Our Vindaloo Masala mix also makes a wonderful marinade for Portuguese-style grilled chicken or pork dishes.

Details 50g; Ingredients: chilli, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, garlic, turmeric, ginger, amchoor, fennel, cardamom, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg.

Red - Very Hot Blend

About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.

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