We've asked chefs about plenty of ingredients in our Hey Chef series, but none has made them as excited as they are about curry. Here, we have ten of the most exciting usages for the sweet and savory flavor combination, straight from professional kitchens nationwide.
'curry powder' on Serious Eats
Slightly smoky vadouvan's a perfect partner for gamey lamb. The two get along even better after an overnight marinade in yogurt before meeting blistering heat. The result tastes far more complicated than it is, but don't hesitate to take all the credit.
Curry powder is stuff I may stir into mayonnaise or toss onto cauliflower for a casual dinner, but it doesn't satisfy me either as an all-purpose spice or a targeted seasoning for any serious cooking. That's where vadouvan comes in. It's a French-ified curry powder that's enjoyed a burst of publicity the last couple of years from chefs, eaters, and Top Chef audiences.