With just a few basic ingredients, a homemade curry powder is really quick-and-easy to create. This is one I came up with recently, and it only took 10 minutes from start to finish and came out really well! It uses ajwain seeds which, if you've never tried them before, are definitely worth having! (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 5-6 tablespoons)
2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp ajwain seeds
1 tbsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp chili powder (add more if you like heat)
2 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1-2 tsp sea salt
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making more.
Note: If you're using some whole ingredients, you could dry toast them before grinding with the herbs and powders. Read more about this quick, easy technique that greatly intensifies the flavours and aromas. (Link opens in new window)
Ingredient Note: If you have the whole ingredients available I recommend using them. However, if you use some pre-ground powders, make sure you halve the quantities. e.g 2 tablespoons of coriander seeds equals 1 tablespoon of pre-ground coriander. Reduce any other ingredients you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.
As you can see from the photo to the left, I didn't sieve this homemade blend so it's a little chunky.
As it was going straight into the cooking pot, it wasn't necessary.
Sieving your homemade mixes is a personal choice. Sometimes I do, sometimes not.
It's completely up to you.