Vadouvan Curry

Vadouvan Curry
Vadouvan Curry
Vadouvan Curry Vadouvan Curry
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Vadouvan, pronounced "Vad oo van", is sometimes spelled as Vaudouvan and is also known as vadavam, vadagam, or vadakam. This is the French's version of an Indian masala. It's believed to have originated in the Puducherry (formerly known as Pondicherry) region in southeastern India which was under French colonial influence on and off beginning in 1675 and lasting until 1962.

Recipes for Vadouvan spice blends vary, with the most common ingredients including onion, garlic, cumin, mustard and fenugreek.


Not Just Another Curry Powder

Curry powders tend to be a love or hate spice blend for many people (similar to the "crave it' or "can't stand it" emotion that cilantro ignites). Most curry powders that take up residence in a typical spice cabinet tend to find their way to the back of the pantry only to be brought out when the cook (who most likely isn't a big fan of curry anyway) is in the mood for something different. Most mass produced curry powders are not only boring but tend to disguise a dish more than enhance it.

This is why a top quality curry powder will blow away your perceptions of a curry powder. Vadouvan is a French modified curry powder that's enjoyed an eruption of publicity the last couple of years from chefs at top end restaurants as well as several of the more popular cooking shows. The typical Indian Madras style curry powder is going to be based on turmeric, cumin, coriander and maybe curry leaves. Vadouvan is the French providing their sophisticated palate twist and building this masala curry blend around shallots, onions and garlic. The end result is almost impossible to exaggerate.


Where to Use

This trendy curry blend is currently en vogue in Australia, France and the U.S. It has a rich savory flavor that are more familiar to Western palates than many Indian spice mixtures. Vadouvan can be used as a replacement in any recipe calling for curry powder and most frequently with better results.

With nuanced complexities Vadouvan adds delightful flavor to chicken, compound butters, homemade chips, crostinis, dips, dressings, lamb, marinades, meat rubs, popcorn, salads, seafood, tangy yogurts, vinaigrettes as well as roasted and steamed vegetables.


What's In It

Hand blended from toasted onion, shallots, roasted garlic, cumin, brown mustard, fenugreek, cardamom, turmeric, curry leaves, nutmeg, maras chile flakes and clove.


Flavor Profile

You'll pick up a smokey onion taste with nutty and sweet undertones. Our Vadouvan has an unexpected richness that isn't disturbed by chile heat and enhances the flavor of all the other ingredients in the dish.


Helpful Hints

This is a delicate blend and doesn't do well with high heat or long cooking times as that tends to cook away most of its great complexities. Because of this we recommend adding it toward the end of the cooking process so that you achieve optimum flavor.

To make into a paste, mix equal parts Vadouvan, olive oil and water. To make a thinner paste to use during a final basting for grilling, add a bit more of the liquids.

One of our favorite recipes using Vadouvan is Red Lentil Soup with Vadouvan


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.3g1%

Dietary Fiber0.5g2%

Total Sugars0.3g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more

2 out of 5
3 total ratings.

Lee (Verified buyer) 05/31/2015
Vadouvan Curry I prefer to add those ingredients fresh.

Michael D. (Verified buyer) 05/23/2018
Not as robust as I expected Having bought different versions of this curry mix before, this blend was not as strong and was lost on the few dishes I prepared using this version.

Joshua E. (Verified buyer) 10/20/2021
Vadouvan Curry Very bland no depth to this curry.