You will need this Indian Curry Powder Recipe if you are a serious spice lover.
The subtle aromatic flavors of the Curry spice mix will fit perfectly into your kitchen. Making your own is well worth it!
Did you know that you can make your own curry powder from scratch?
Curry Powder is omnipresent and this recipe is all yours if you want to easily add flavors to your recipes.
What is Curry Powder?
Curry Powder is a blend of spices. The spice blend is a British invention, from their time when they ruled over India.
It is said that the ground blend of spices was convinietly transported from Madras (South India) to the West.
Curry Powder doesn't exist in India and people in India won't know what it is if you ask them.
The rest of the world however, loves this spicy seasoning!
Types exist such as the Japanese, German, Caribbean, Thailand, Vietnamese and Britsh Curry Powder to just name a few.
The most basic blend is the so-called Madras Curry Powder and this recipe is a madras version of the yellow powder blend.
Spices for your DIY curry powder
To make your own homemade curry powder, you will need a set of spice.
I recommend you use whole spices but you can make it with ground spices too.
Whole spices are more fragrant when you temper and grind them and that can make your spice blend all the more amazing!
You will need:
- curry leaves
- cayenne pepper
- brown or black mustard seeds
- green cardamom
- black pepper
- dried ginger
- dried fenugreek leaves
I don't recommend to skip any of the spices. Each complete the spice blend.
Curry leaves grow on the curry tree. It's commonly used in India to season curries. Don't skip it!
How to use it?
Add a dash or a teaspoon of curry powder to your soups, stews, curries and sauces.
Here are some quick ideas:
Use it in a creative way!
Add some to your cream cheese, a little into your bread dough or season your meat, seafood and vegetable with it.
Keep it in an airtight glass container with a lid. Glass so that you can see your curry powder and you don't forget about it.
Reduce the quantity of cayenne pepper for a mild curry powder. To make it more hot and spicy add more cayenne pepper powder.
No, it's not the same. Garam Masala is a popular and very common brown colored spice blend in India. The combination of quantity of spices is different to curry powder.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comment section further below!
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Curry Powder Recipe
- 1 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper ground
- 10 Curry Leaves dried and crushed
- 2 Tablespoon Coriander Seeds ground
- 1 ½ Tablespoon Cumin ground
- 1 Teaspoon Brown Mustard Seeds ground
- 1 Teaspoon Green Cardamom ground
- 2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Ginger ground dried
- 1 Teaspoon dried Fenugreek leaves dried and crushed
- 1 Tablespoon Turmeric Ground
- pinch Cloves ground
- ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon ground
- pinch Nutmeg scraped (no need to dry)
- If you use whole spices, temper them first in a dry pan, a minute or two, to release flavors.
- Allow spices to cool.
- Grind whole spices in a spice/coffee grinder or mortar and pestle or small blender one by one.
- Mix all ground spices together in a bowl.
- Store in an airtight jar, in a cool and dry place. Keep away from direct sunlight.
- If you have to dry the fenugreek and curry leaves, dry in a dehydrator or in the oven only.
- You can use ground spices too. In that case just mix all ground spices together.
- Some spices do not need to be dried to grind them such as nutmeg. Just scrape off with a nutmeg grater or a knife.