Curried Spice Rub

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While curries are very popular all throughout the Caribbean, they are especially notable in Trinidad and Tobago, where much of the population has East Indian ancestors.

Yields 1 cup

Curried Spice Rub
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Serves: 8
  • 3 or 4 fresh chiles, seeded for a milder "hot"
  • 8 large garlic cloves
  • ⅓ cup grated fresh ginger root
  • 1½ tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1½ teaspoons turmeric
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • vegetable oil for brushing
  1. Place all of the ingredients in the bowl of a mini-food processor and whirl until well combined.
  2. Or, by hand, mince the chiles and garlic, and stir together in a bowl with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Lightly brush vegetable oil on the food to be grilled before applying the rub; this will help it cling.
  4. Curried Spice Rub will keep for 2 to 3 weeks, tightly covered, in the refrigerator.
  5. Yields 1 cup