Jamaican cuisine is a fusion of different cultures and cuisines from many countries. Elements of Spanish, British, Indian, African, and Chinese culinary art could be recognized in Jamaican recipes. Besides the famous rum, traditional Jamaican dishes include goat curry, rice and peas or beans, fried plantains, steamed cabbage, and fried salt cod dumplings. Nearly every Jamaican pot is seasoned with jerk or curry seasoning. No doubt that curry is has Indian origins, but Jamaican curry is somewhat different from Indian seasonings. If Indian mixtures contains more cumin and so-called sweet spices (cinnamon, cloves and so on), Jamaican mixture is enhanced with peppers: hot, allspice, or/and black.
It was a lot of fun to prepare Jamaican curry seasoning in my kitchen. I was mixing, sniffing, and sneezing. I was very curious what was happening. O boy, my creation was fantastic! It came very fragrant, balanced for my taste, as well as slightly hot, as curry seasoning should be.
I already tested it by preparing a traditional goat curry my way. My family loved it, loved it.
I immediately made a decent portion of spice mix. It is so good!
Jamaican Curry Seasoning
one 10-11 oz jar
- 5 tbsp ground turmeric
- 4 tbsp ground coriander
- 3 tbsp fenugreek
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp dry mustard
- 2 tbsp black pepper
- 1-2 tbsp cayenne pepper (2 tablespoons for quite spicy seasoning)
- 1-2 tbsp ground star anise
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tbsp ground allspice
- 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cloves (optional)
Mix all the ingredients. Store the curry in an airtight container.
Sometimes Jamaican curry seasoning contains cardamom. Optionally, you can add about 1-2 tsp of it to the curry mixture.
Cook with pleasure!