Curry powder is a blend of many spices and the flavor varies with the blend and various spices used. Those labeled “Madras” are hotter than those simply labeled curry powder. Experiment with different brands and blends to find the one you enjoy the most. If you are not familiar with the flavor in the particular blend you are using, use the minimal amount of curry powder at first, then taste it near the end of the cooking period and add additional curry powder to taste.
Substitute couscous for the cooked rice, if desired. You might also top the curry with other typical toppings, such as raisins, coconut, or chutney.
To toast almonds, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until almonds begin to brown, then stirring constantly until almonds are light brown.