Curry powder is a generic term for spice mixes used to flavor Asian cuisine. Although there is no standard recipe, the main components are usually cumin, coriander, and turmeric. Other common ingredients include: red or black pepper, mustard, ginger, clove, cardamom, bay leaf, and fenugreek. Commercial blends are often available in mild or hot (also known as “madras”).
A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, leaf, or vegetative substance used in nutritionally significant quantities as a food additive for the purpose of flavour, colour, or as a preservative that kills harmful bacteria or prevents their growth.
Curry powder is truly an all-purpose seasoning. It is commonly used to flavour soups, stews, sauces, marinades, meat and vegetables. As the popularity of curry increases, creative chefs are finding more unconventional uses for the seasoning such as hamburgers, scrambled eggs, and potato salad.