Simple Curry Powder

Curry Powder

I thought it might be helpful if I provided some kind of basic curry powder recipe so my readers could go away and make a cheap and easy curry even if they don’t have all the ingredients to make one of my recipes. At the very least I think you should have these spices in your spice rack, once you do it takes a matter of seconds to create a large pot of this powder so you needn’t have to make up a separate spice mix for every curry you cook.

By the way, my inclusion of this “recipe” in both the Indian and British categories is because although it quite clearly makes use of Indian spices, it is actually something brought over here during the colonial era by us Brits.

There also probably isn’t much point putting up a price, because you can make as much or as little as you like and it still won’t cost the earth. I would, however, point out that in the above photo I used whole, crushed, coriander seeds, whereas it’s probably preferential to either grind them or purchase them pre-ground. It is also worth noting that spices are far cheaper if bought in bulk, and most supermarkets provide large bags of spice these days. To be honest there isn’t a lot more I can say about this simple curry powder, other than, it makes a damn good curry. Also, isn’t ground turmeric in possession of a damn fine colour?

Simple Curry Powder {recipe}


  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes, although this can vary according to taste
  • generous amount of cracked black pepper
Mix it all together, surprisingly.
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8 comments on “Simple Curry Powder

  1. lifelibertyeducation
    August 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    One thing my husband and I have been missing since moving to the States is a curry. I can find a store bought powder for a horrendous price at specialty food stores but have wished I had a recipe for years. Probably seems silly to you over there being excited about curry powder but I am. Thank you greatly!

    • frugalfeeding
      August 11, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      Oh no problem. This one is really delicious. For other types check out my curry recipes. I’ll be doing a lovely beef curry recipe soon which has a much different curry powder.

  2. Bluejellybeans
    October 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Great idea! I’m going to make it at home, thanks.

  3. MattyH
    February 27, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    ok, i’m trying this right now with your potato and lentil curry… i’ll let you know how it turns out : ) Thanks for the recipe anyway.

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