I'm making a curry, with an unknown dry mix of spices (smells remind me of cumin, turmeric and cinnamon) in the form of a powder.

When I've used it before though it's ended up grainy.

Have I been using to much spice mix? It have I not cooked the mix enough? How can I reduce the grainy texture?

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    Are the spices well-ground? Are you sure the spice mix is what made your curry gritty?
    – Catija
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 21:25
  • Do you recall what volume of spice you used? How many portions was the final meal?
    – Derpy
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 1:22
  • When did you add the spices? Dumping them in at the end is much less pleasant than cooking them in the oil at the beginning of the recipe.
    – Joe
    Commented Mar 14, 2015 at 14:56

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I make a homemade enchilada sauce that calls for 4TB of chili powder for 2C of chicken stock. I make my own chili powder by grinding dried chilis in a coffee grinder that I use for spices. I make sure that the powder is finely ground. To make sure the final product is not grainy, I cook the sauce for at least 25-30 minutes at a bare simmer, whisking every couple minutes. The end result is a reduced sauce that is silky and creamy without the graininess. Even though your powder may seem fine in texture, you might try running through your spice grinder and add some extra cooking and whisking time.

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