Tuesday, March 23, 2010

How to make curry powder at home?

After getting married when I was leaving for the US for the first time with all the other things that my mother-in-law gave to for my new house hold she also gave me a big packet of chat masala and garam masala or which is popular as curry powder. I did not realize how important that packet of curry powder was until it was finished and I had to go and get a store bought curry powder. Now whoever has used or eaten Indian food made with homemade curry powder knows how great is the difference. Well! after using that packed masala I made sure that I never had to use it in my kitchen again and always got a big pack of it from my mother-in-law whenever she would visit me or we would visit them.
It has been a while since the last batch of that curry powder in my pantry is finished and I had been running from putting any kind of curry powder in any of my cooking but after a while it really becomes difficult to cook Indian food without curry powder so this time I thought of preparing it at home. I was not sure how it would turn out but I did pretty well and it was super easy too.
You can just make a big batch of curry powder and store it in your pantry forever. It never turns bad and if the box is tightly closed it will never loose that beautiful aroma. I promise after trying this no-one can go back to that store bought curry powder.
The following would make about half a cup of curry powder.

Whole bay leaves (8-10 no.)
Whole cloves 10 gms
Whole peppercorn 50 gms
Cinnamon sticks (3-4no.)
cumin seeds 150 gms
Black cardamoms 100gms

Just grind everything together in a coffee grinder. Don't add any water to it.
That's it! Try this one and you'll know the difference.


  1. Thanks for this post!
    Always missed that ghar ka taste but now I know why and its easy too.

  2. I love your blog! Love it!!! I just discovered it last week, and I've already made two recipes. Can you give me an idea of how to make a small batch of this curry powder using American measurements like teaspoons or tablespoons?

  3. I would love to make this curry powder using American measurements like teaspoons or tablespoons? Do you have that or know where to get it? My daughter has a food blog missinthekitchen and she found your site and new I am a new lover of curry I tried it for the first time about a year ago. I have only had the store kind and would love to try this one. Thank you so much for all your knowlage you share on your site.

  4. What , no corriander !?

  5. what about tumeric, red chiili, coriander , etc?

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