This is always a popular recipe for curry powder. It's a fairly simple blend using a mixture of pre-ground and whole ingredients and can be made in less than 10 minutes! Whilst pretty basic, it will add massive flavours and aromas to your homemade Indian food. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 6-7 tablespoons)
4 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp black peppercorns
2-3 tsp chili flakes (or 2 tsp powder)
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp salt (see note 2)
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store this recipe for curry powder in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making more.
Note: You could dry toast the peppercorns, coriander, cumin and fennel seeds before grinding. This toasting really brings out the flavours and aromas. See the grinding page for step-by-step info and photos on this simple process. (Link opens in new window)
Note 2: You could use any salt for this recipe, however, I do recommend using a good quality salt: sea/rock/kosher/flakes etc as they're less processed and I think add better flavour. However, you can use regular table salt (I sometimes do) if that's all you have available.
Ingredient Note: When making your curry blends, I recommend using whole ingredients where you can. However, if you don't have them all available, just substitute with pre-ground powders. If you do, reduce the amounts you use by half. For example, 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds would equal 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have by half as well and stir in with the other powders when making.
There are a few good reasons for making your own blends...
I think the main reason is that YOU have complete control over what goes in and don't have to rely on what a manufacturer decides needs to be added.
This means you can experiment somewhat. If you don't like a certain herb or spice substitute another, or leave it out completely.
Or maybe you fancy a bit more heat? Simply add a teaspoon or two of chili or cayenne pepper. You don't get these options with a store-bought blend!
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