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RECIPE: Curry Powder

It feels like a contemplative day with the rain outside and being housebound. Don't ask why but it feels like a day to share information from my home kitchen. Today I reflect on conversations about Curry powder and the products available labelled curry powder on store shelves. 

The word 'curry' is derived from the 'Tamil' word 'kari' meaning "sauce, relish for rice".  In some circles curry powder is thought to be a British invention. It is likely that someone took some Indian spice mixtures home with them hoping to recreate the dishes they had enjoyed in India. Cooks in India tend not to use a single spice mixture to flavour all of their dishes. Instead, they tend to mix various called a different 'masala' each time , which varies from dish to dish and region to region. It is however nice to have a blend of spices ready to add to anything including soups, sauces or rice to add that exotic flavour.

I share with you a simple blend that can be used to make your own home made curry powder


  • 3 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 4 tsp cumin powder

Bend it well with a whisk or in a coffee grinder and store in a cool dry space. 

To make it a more complex and robust flavour you can add the following as well

  • 1 tsp cardamon powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground mace
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg

A good way to add a little spice into your food and life .