What is Colombo powder ?
Colombo powder is a blend of various spices, used in Guadeloupe and Martinique brought by the Asian community in the 1920’s. It contains cumin, coriander, mustard seeds, cloves, turmeric and roasted rice as a thickener. It does look like your typical yellow curry powder but there’s a secret ingredient manufacturers won’t share with the public that gives it such a unique taste. Like the masala or “ras el hanout”, colombo powder results from the evolution of an original recipe and includes Caribbean flavours. The Colombo powder can be cooked with chicken, goat, shark or pork. It can also be used with vegetables. Don’t be afraid to pinch a little Colombo in any of your dishes.
Want to try it ? We have selected this easy and delicious recipe with Colombo. Try it and don’t hesitate to give us a feedback!
2 courgettes, 8 shallots, 6 garlic cloves, 350ml dry white wine, 227ml pot double cream, 1 tablespoon colombo powder, 32 mussels - cleaned and debearded-, 30g butter, handful of chopped parsley, handful of chopped spring onion
How to make it :
In a large saucepan, cook shallots and garlic in simmering wine until translucent. Stir in cream and Colombo powder. When sauce is heated through, add mussels. Cover, and steam mussels for a few minutes until their shells are open wide. With a slotted spoon, transfer steamed mussels to a bowl, leaving the sauce in the pan. Discard any unopened mussels. Whisk butter into the sauce. Turn heat off, and stir in parsley and spring onions. Serve immediately.
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