Sweet and Spicy Recipes to Help You Blaze Through Your Jar of Curry Powder

Curry powder adds an instant kick to any dish, but it's best used fresh, so here's how to cook with it early and often

Caribbean Winter Squash Soup
Caribbean Winter Squash Soup
Roast or sauté extra squash over the weekend (butternut or calabaza are perfect) to make quick weeknight work of this garlicky, spicy pumpkin soup. Get the recipe for Caribbean Winter Squash Soup »Penny De Los Santos
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Retro Curry
Redolent of cumin and dozens of other spices, sweetened with fruit or honey, and made with myriad combinations of meat, fish, and vegetables, curry is a dish that inspires dedication—even obsession—in Japan. This one, from a recipe in Japanese Soul Cooking, combines beef, shrimp, and vegetables. Get the recipe for Retro Curry »Andre Baranowski
Kill City Chili
Kill City Chili
This chili of beef and red kidney beans is flavored with dark chile powder and curry powder. Get the recipe for Kill City Chili »Ingalls Photography
Hyderabadi-Style Lentil Stew (Khatti Dal)
Hyderabadi-Style Lentil Stew (Khatti Dal)
Indian culinary expert Madhur Jaffrey experienced a version of this tarka—a combination of fried spices and aromatics stirred into a soupy dal—while visiting the South Indian city of Hyderabad. It is soured with tamarind and seasoned with curry leaves and mustard seeds. Get the recipe for Hyderabadi-Style Lentil Stew (Khatti Dal) »Ingalls Photography
Iraqi Eggs with Lamb and Tomatoes (Makhlama Lahm)
Iraqi Eggs with Lamb and Tomatoes (Makhlama Lahm)
For this rich, spicy Iraqi breakfast dish, ground lamb is sautéed with onions, tomatoes, and parsley, seasoned to the hilt with bahar asfar, yellow curry powder, and then topped with soft-baked eggs. Get the recipe for Iraqi Eggs with Lamb and Tomatoes (Makhlama Lahm) »Ingalls Photography
Jamaican Curried Chicken
Curried Chicken
Bathed in fragrant curry- and ginger-infused coconut milk, this stew is a popular breakfast dish at Kingston cafes. Get the recipe for Curried Chicken »Landon Nordeman
Tuna Melt Canapes
Tuna Melt Canapes
Curry powder, raisins, and chutney pair nicely with cheddar cheese in this dressed-up tuna melt. Get the recipe for Tuna Melt Canapes »Todd Coleman
Iraqi Stuffed Onions (Dolma Mahshi)
Iraqi Stuffed Onions (Dolma Mahshi)
Pomegranate molasses, coriander, and curry powder perfume the filling for these tender stuffed onion rolls. Get the recipe for Iraqi Stuffed Onions (Dolma Mahshi)»Todd Coleman
Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)
Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke)
The Kenyan lunch known as sukuma wiki—a combination of collard greens, chili-flecked ground meat, and tomatoes served with cornmeal or mashed plantain—is such a fortifying part of the workweek that its name means "week pusher". Get the recipe for Beef Stew with Mashed Plantains (Sukuma Wiki with Matoke) »Ingalls Photography
Bobotie (South African Meat Pie)
Bobotie (South African Meat Pie)
This Cape Town specialty generally consists of spiced meat mixed with chutney and tamarind paste and milk-soaked bread, poured into a dish, topped with a custard of egg and milk, and baked until it's golden on top. Get the recipe for Bobotie (South African Meat Pie) »Todd Coleman
Sweet Vermicelli and Eggs (Balaleet)
Sweet Vermicelli and Eggs (Balaleet)
Served as a breakfast dish and also for dessert, this Indian-influenced sweet pasta is fried and topped with a saffron omelette, making it crunchy, sweet, tender, and savory all at once. Get the recipe for Sweet Vermicelli and Eggs (Balaleet) »Jason Lowe
Curried Tuna Sandwich
Curried Tuna Sandwich
Currants and chopped dried apricots bring sweetness to curried tuna salad, which we like to serve on folded naan. Get the recipe for Curried Tuna Sandwich »André Baranowski
Curried Mussels
Curried Mussels
Curry powder and cilantro add zest to classic white wine-steamed mussels. Get the recipe for Curried Mussels »Todd Coleman
State Fair Ham Loaf
Ham Loaf
This rendition of meat loaf uses ground ham spiced with curry powder, ginger, and cloves, and is glazed with a sweet, vinegar-based sauce. Get the recipe for Ham Loaf »Penny de los Santos