Homemade Curry Powder Recipes - Capturing
the Authentic Flavours of Indian Food

It's easy to create your own curry powder recipes necessary to capture the fabulous taste of traditional Indian cooking, and they can be as simple or as complex as you like. This one uses quite a few ingredients but is still easy to make and will add fabulous flavours and aromas to your cooking. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 12 tablespoons)

6 tbsp coriander seeds
4 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp smoked paprika (or regular)
1 tbsp ginger powder
1 tbsp turmeric powder
4 tsp garlic powder
4 tsp cayenne pepper
4 tsp sea salt
2 tsp ajwain seeds
10-15 green cardamom pods
6-8 dried bay leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crack open the cardamom pods and remove the seeds. Discard the husks
  • Crumble the bay
  • Grind the cardamom seeds and bay along with the salt, peppercorns, ajwain, fennel, coriander and cumin seeds
  • Sieve the just ground ingredients into a bowl
  • Finally, add the cayenne, paprika, turmeric, garlic and ginger powders and combine thoroughly

Store all your curry powder recipes in a cool place in an airtight container out of direct sunlight. As a rule I recommend using it within 3 months.

Note: Using a dry pan you could toast the whole ingredients before grinding and combining with the powders. This releases huge amounts of flavours and only takes a couple of extra minutes. Click here for tips and photos on toasting ingredients. (Link opens in new window)

Ingredient Note:
I advise using certain whole ingredients when you're making your blends as these will add the best flavour. However, if you only have pre-ground powders available, use these but reduce the quantities the recipe requires by half. For example, 4 tablespoons of cumin seeds equals 2 tablespoons of pre-ground cumin
. Reduce any other ingredients you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

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