Jamaican Curry Powder - A Homemade
Taste of the Caribbean Islands

With the addition of allspice berries (pimento), cinnamon, cloves and sometimes star anise, Jamaican curry powder certainly stands out! It's definitely one of my favourites, and makes a nice change from the usual Indian blends whilst giving you a small, spicy taste of the Caribbean at home. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 10 tablespoons)

4 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp dried oregano
4 tsp garlic powder
4 tsp allspice berries
4 tsp black peppercorns
3-4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 inch piece cinnamon
2 tsp salt (see note 2 below)
1 tsp whole cloves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon stick
  • Grind the cinnamon pieces with the salt, peppercorns, cloves, fenugreek and coriander seeds and allspice berries
  • Once ground, sieve into a bowl
  • Add the pre-ground turmeric, ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper and combine
  • Finally, crumble in the dried thyme and oregano and combine again

Store your Jamaican curry seasoning in a cool place in a sealed jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making more.

Note: To extract even more flavour you can dry toast the coriander, peppercorns, cloves, fenugreek and allspice berries before grinding and combining with the other ingredients. Click here for further info on this recommended cooking technique. (Link opens in new window)

Note 2: I recommend using a quality rock/sea/kosher salt as these are less processed, and I think, add more flavour. But you could use regular table salt if that's all you have available and it'll still taste great.

Ingredient Note:
I usually advise using a few whole spices for the best flavours when you make homemade blends, sometimes this is not practical or you may not have them available. If this is the case, use pre-ground powders and reduce the quantities by half. e.g 4 tablespoons of coriander seeds equals 2 tablespoons of pre-ground coriander. 
Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

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Here's a video of how I made a version of the above Jamaican curry powder. The ingredients may be slightly different but the process is exactly the same. If you enjoyed it, you can click the subscribe button in the bottom right corner and get my latest videos immediately...

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