Homemade Curry Powder
Homemade Curry Powder

Homemade Curry Powder

June 5, 2016

Curry powder is actually a blend of up to 20 spices, herbs & seeds. Widely used in Indian cooking, authentic Indian curry powder is freshly ground each day & will vary dramatically depending on the region & the cook. This is my original curry powder recipe. Easy to make & tastes extremely better than the commercial curry powder you buy in the supermarket. Use in any recipe that calls for curry powder.

Yield: a little over 1 cup


1/4 cup ground coriander

1/8 cup ground cardamom

1/8 cup ground cinnamon

1/8 cup ground cumin

1/8 cup ground ginger

1/8 cup fresh ground black pepper

1 Tblsp ground cloves

1 Tblsp ground dry mustard

1 Tblsp ground turmeric

2 tsp red chili powder

1 tsp ground mace

1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg (see Tip# 2)


1 Add all the spices to a bowl.

Homemade Curry Powder

2 Stir gently with a whisk till very well combined.

3 Transfer to a small, wide mouth glass jar with a tight fitting lid (like a canning jar, pictured). Be sure to put a date on the jar so you'll know when it was made. Store in a cool, dry, dark place.

Tips & Suggestions

1 Curry powder will lose it's potency after about 3 months. So, if you aren't going to use the amount in this recipe, just use half or a quarter of the amount of each spice.

2 In any recipe that calls for nutmeg, I always suggest using fresh grated nutmeg & not the store bought variety. The aroma & taste of fresh grated nutmeg is beyond compare! If you have a hard time finding certain herbs, spices & seasonings or you just want to save a lot of money, check out my favorite online source... SpicesForLess.com.


23 thoughts on “Homemade Curry Powder

  1. I had most of the spices in my kitchen in their raw form rather than powders. I dry fried them to bring out the aromas before grinding them with a mortar and pestle. I also added some fenugreek since I had some in the kitchen. Turned out great.

  2. The reason fresh ground nutmeg is so much better is because the thin out layer is used to make a separate spice called mace, whereas when you grind or grate your own, it is the full seed so contains both mace and nutmeg.

    Wondering if you have a green curry recipe??

    1. Hi Susan, thanks for that info on mace… I’ve used mace in a few recipes (Including this Curry Powder) but I didn’t know it came from nutmeg. You learn something new everyday! Sorry to disappoint, I don’t have a green curry recipe. If you find one that’s really great… would come back & share it? I’d love to try it! Simone ~ FoodieHomeChef

      1. Green curry includes:
        Green chilies
        Fresh cilantro
        Fresh mint
        Ginger/ garlic freshly ground
        Toasted cumin seeds
        Salt to taste
        Chili flakes
        Freshly coarsely ground black pepper

      2. It’s the only plant that produces 2 spices the mace forms on the outside on the nutmeg shell (you can see the ridges on the shell) the nutmeg is inside the shell. They are separate but grow together

    1. Hi Corrine! Yes you can absolutely use this for Thai curries, so long as the recipe generically calls for “Curry Powder”. I would say though… that if the recipe has spices listed in it for the recipe, then I would just follow the recipe.
      Simone ~ FoodieHomeChef

  3. Thanks for the recipe do, I use all the ingredients to make one curry or can I make up 2or 3 meals with that recipe,can I use Yogurt fto make it more Creamy.

    1. Hi Nigel, you should be able to get many recipes out of this curry powder… it just depends on the recipe itself. I think that’s a great idea to make a creamy type of sauce out of mixing it with yogurt, I may try it myself!

  4. Your article demystifies the word ‘curry’ which in and of itself can be intimidating to the novice. Thank you so much for this. The recipe is authentic and fantastic. Everything tastes much better!

  5. Homemade curry powder is really not hard to make, and the smells as you grind and mix are part of the pleasure. Yes on fresh grated nutmeg! Simply no comparison with pre ground.

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