Curry powder is a mixture of spices widely used in South Asian cuisine. Its ingredients often include coriander, cumin, and turmeric, but it can also contain nutmeg, red pepper, and ginger, among others. It has a wide variety of uses and can be perfect seasoning for beef, chicken, lamb, shrimp, and/or vegetables. “Curry” comes from the Tamil word “kari,” which means “sauce, relish for rice.” If you are trying to develop South Asian flavors in your cooking, it’s important to note that powdered spices like curry powder are actually typically used toward the end of the process. Flavor in Indian dishes is typically built up slowly by cooking with whole spices and onions, then sweating the onions with spices - perhaps including powdered spices - and oil to make a base sauce. Usually though, it is added at the end of the cooking experience.