Curry Powder Blend (Easy Recipe!)

    15 min
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Curry powder is easier to make than you think, and the taste is so much better than store-bought powders which, unless you're lucky enough to find an organic blend, usually contain bulking ingredients as well as preservatives (note that you won't find these listed on the packet). This recipe shows you how to make your own, so you can be sure it's fresh-tasting as well as healthy. And you can adjust the spiciness of it according to your taste. Most Thai curries are made from a spice paste rather than curry powder, but this isn't to say Thais don't use curry powder - they do. Using a curry powder rather than a paste means the curry is quick and easy to make, and many of the roadside curries I enjoyed in Thailand were made this way. The following recipe creates one of the best curry powders I've ever tried, hands down. It makes for superior tasting curries or curry-flavored dishes. Hope you enjoy it!

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 3 bay leaves (remove lower stem)
  • 3 tablespoons whole or ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seed or ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoons ground white pepper (or whole white peppercorns if you can find them)
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons chili flakes OR cayenne pepper, depending on how spicy you want it
  • pinch ground cloves or 1 whole clove

How to Make It

If using whole spices:

  1. Place all ingredients in a dry frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir continuously for 1 minute, or until pan is very hot. Then reduce heat to medium and continue stirring 6 to 10 minutes. This will lightly toast the spices, leaving them even more fragrant and tasty.
  2. Remove pan from heat and tip spices into a bowl to cool. Meanwhile, prepare your grinder. If using a coffee grinder (like I do), you will need to wipe it out very well with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove all traces of coffee.
  3. Place toasted spices in the grinder and grind well to make your curry powder. (See below for using this powder to make a delicious Thai curry.)


Quick & Easy Version: Use all ground spices in this version, omitting the bay leaf until you cook your curry. Stir together the spices and then 'dry fry' them all together as instructed above. When you use the powder for curry, be sure to add 1-2 bay leaves to your curry pot.

How to Use this Curry Powder to make a Chicken Curry: see my: Easy Classic Curry Chicken Recipe.