Vietnamese curry powder is the only one to include powdered annatto seeds, which lend a reddish hue to foods cooked with it. Sweet hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves harmonize with a dominant presence of coriander. Vietnamese curry powder is much higher in this lemony, floral spice than Indian style curry powders. Note the absence of cumin, a spice that the Vietnamese have not embraced fully.
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