Ever wondered what was in that little jar of curry powder you buy in the shops? Well here’s how to make your own super easy homemade curry powder spice mix to have on hand whenever the urge for as curry hits.
Homemade Curry Powder
Most people think of curry either as a carryout, meal out with friends, or a ready meal. I like to make my own and start from scratch with my own homemade curry powder spice blend.
This means I am in charge completely of how hot and aromatic my curry is and I love that, it’s cooking power!
You know how some days you just get nothing done. You start out with such great intentions but everything seems to go to pot and by the end of the day your To Do list is the same length it was in the morning and you have a nasty feeling you’ve been just a wee bit lax.
Yesterday was one of those days for me. By 5pm I looked around and realised I had got nowhere. All the writing plans for the day had come to nothing.
I felt unsettled and annoyed with myself. There was only one thing for it, head for the kitchen and start making something nice for supper. I wanted something hearty but easy, filling but fun and most definitely tasty with full on flavour.
It had to be a curry!
Ingredients for curry spice mix
- 2 whole dried chillies
- 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon peppercorns
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
Here’s how to make homemade curry powder
Crumble the dried chillies and in a small pan dry fry the chillies along with the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and peppercorns.
Toast in a dry pan until they release their fabulous scent. Don’t leave the pan this only takes about 2 minutes and you don’t want them to burn.
Mix in the powdered turmeric and ginger and grind your spices all together either in a mortar and pestle or in a coffee/spice grinder until you have a nice powder.
Store in an airtight jar in a cool place for up to a month for optimum freshness.
How much curry powder will this make?
This is really easy to make and these measurements will make about 5 tablespoons of the blend.
How long does this curry powder keep?
Just store it in a little jar and keep it for up to 1 month. Store-bought spices are usually good for up to 6 months once opened and before they start to lose their flavour but once you have ground them it is best to use within a month for the best possible taste.
Using your homemade curry powder
I just used a teaspoon of my curry powder with leftover cooked chicken, added a chopped onion, clove of garlic and tinned tomatoes and simmered for 20 minutes.
Add some to yoghurt for a super easy dip.
Use your curry powder spice mix for a simple satay sauce.
Looking for more quick and easy kitchen staples to make yourself? Then check these out before you go;
Homemade Mediterranean seasoning salts
How to make your own harissa sauce
Super easy traditional hummus recipe
PS This simple recipe for homemade curry powder is just one of the 50 Easy Homemade Pantry Staples that I have put together for you. Honestly, you can make so many store cupboard basics yourself. It’s fun and saves money too.
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Homemade Curry Powder
- 2 whole dried chillies
- 2 tbsp coriander seeds
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp peppercorns
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- Crumble the dried chillies and in a small pan dry fry the chillies along with the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and peppercorns. You just want these to toast until they release their fabulous scent. Don’t leave the pan this only takes about 2 minutes and you don’t want them to burn.
- Mix in the powdered turmeric and ginger and grind your spices all together either in a mortar and pestle or in a coffee/spice grinder until you have a nice powder.
- Store in an airtight jar in a cool place for up to a month for optimum freshness.
Patti S. says
I had a day like that today. Even though I work from home, it took forever to get the work done today. Yeeesh! That curry looks wonderful. What type of rice is that? The curry sounds very easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing your easy recipes. It is much appreciated! Have a nice weekend, Karon!
The rice just basmatti rice with some turmeric added when cooking and coriander pods. A few coriander leaves to decorate. Tasted great and just what I needed after my useless sort of day. Glad I’m not the only one!
Have a great weekend.