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Quilla's Caribbean Cooking

Curry Recipes       

Vol. 1 No. 2    September 2005

Quilla's Cartering, Inc.  Quilla's carters your weddings, banquets, office parties, showers, birthdays, religious celebrations, backyard barbecues, and more.  Prices to fit all budgets.  Caribbean food.  Soul food.  Caribbean caterer.  Caribbean cooking. Jamaican food.  Trinidadian food.  Barbadian food.  Grenadian food. West Indian Food. QUILLA'S CATERING, INC.


Aquilla Bailey, President, Quilla's Catering, Inc.  Caribbean Caterer. Caribbean food.  Caribbean cooking.CURRY: THE CARIBBEAN SPICE

Curry Recipes

Curry Powder Recipe

4 tblsp. dried coriander

2 tblsp. ground turmeric

1 ½ tsp. ground cumin

1 ½ tsp. ground fenugreek

1 ½ tsp. ground black peppercorns

1 ½ tsp. ground poppy seeds

1 ½ tsp. ground ginger

1 ½ tsp. ground dried chilli

¾ tsp. dried mustard seed

½ tsp. cardamom

All of the seeds are first roasted in a preheated skillet by stirring and shaking the pan constantly. Brown, but do not burn the seeds. When cool, grind in a spice mill or blender (not food processor). Combine with remaining spices. Ground turmeric, which hails from the ginger family, is responsible for the yellow color of curry powder.

Store curry powder in a sealed container.


One of my favorite curry recipes is Curried Shrimp.

Curried Shrimp Recipe

2 lbs. fresh shrimp, cleaned and deveined

2 tbsp. butter

2 tsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. curry powder

2 onions

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbsp. oil

1 small scotch bonnet pepper, cut up

2 stalks of escallion

salt and pepper to taste

Sauté chopped onions, escallion and minced garlic in oil. Add curry and incorporate well. After about 2 minutes, add shrimp, salt and pepper and a small piece of scotch bonnet pepper (be careful - scotch bonnet peppers are extremely hot). Cook shrimp for about 5 minutes. Mix in lemon juice and butter. Shrimp should be firm but tender. Serve with your favourite rice dish and garden salad.

Have it Your Way!

By Acqullia Bailey, Quilla's Catering, Inc.


Spices are aromatic, often brown in color and hot in flavour. In general, they are the roots, berries, seeds or barks of plants mostly found in tropical parts of the world. Mention Caribbean cuisine, especially Jamaican and Trinidadian, and immediately what comes to mind is something curried; for instance, curried chicken, the ever-popular curried-chicken patty, or curried goat. This wonderful blend of spices adds pungent flavours to many recipes: vegetables, meats, poultry, fish and even fruit.

Curry is the name given to a mixture, or blend, of spices native to India, and found in cuisines throughout the Caribbean. Curry is also referred to as Masala, which means chilli. Curry, derived from the Tamil word kari, for seasoned sauce, is often used in the West as a generic term for any spicy stew. Cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, ginger, nutmeg, pepper and turmeric are the most common ingredients of curry powder, but cooks vary their mixtures, adding and subtracting spices to complement their meat, fish or vegetable recipes..

Ready-ground mixtures of curry powders are widely available and come in a variety of blends depending on where it was mixed. Curries may be mild or hot. The Jamaican curry is usually milder than the Indian curry because it has less chilli. You can mix these blends yourself or purchase a ready-ground mixture from Sam's Caribbean Marketplace.

A Madras curry powder, the most renowned, contains turmeric, chillies, salt, cumin seed, fennel seeds, black pepper, garlic, ginger, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon, cloves, anise and mustard.


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Acqullia A. Bailey is founder and president of Quilla's Catering, Inc. She is a graduate of The New York Restaurant School.

Quilla's Catering, Inc. has provided craft services for the "Damon Wayans HBO Special" and was featured on FOX TV's Good Day New York's "Women Who Work From Home." In 2002, Quilla's Catering hosted a lavish "Culinary Sampling Presentation," which highlighted the company's knack for decorating flare, and featured many of its delightful menu items.


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