Homemade Curry Powder

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Ever wonder why sometimes the “curries” you make at home don’t quite taste like the ones you’ve had at your favorite Indian restaurant? One of the top reasons is the freshness of the spices used-whenever using spices, it’s best to freshly grind the whole spices after toasting and use them as soon as possible.  The pre-packaged powdered versions are not guaranteed to be fresh, and so the volatile oils of the spices may have been lost along the way.  Now I put quotation marks around “curry” because there is no such thing  in India-it’s a term coined by the Western world to describe a blend of spices used in stews and such.  While every household varies in the exact amounts and blend of spices used, the one I give here is quite versatile.  The recipe makes about 4 tablespoons, enough for 2 or 3 dishes, depending on what you’re making.  And remember, try to use it as soon as possible-keep stored in cool, dry place for more than a week-tops! (Also, for the cardamoms, take off the shells and only use innards.)


  • 6 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 black cardamom, pods only
  • 1/2 mace
  • 2.5 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 chile de arbols
  • 1/4 teaspoon green cardamom pods
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric


Dry roast coriander, cloves, black cardamom pods, and mace in skillet.  When lightly fragrant, add rest of whole spices (except cinnamon and turmeric)and toast until fragrant.  Do this over low heat and stir constantly so spices do not burn.  Stir in cinnamon and turmeric.  Let cool and then grind in spice grinder.  Keep in cool, dark place for up to a week until ready for use.

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