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. My sister in law is Indian, and i was always intrigued with Indian method of making curry using mortar and pestle. The taste of crushing is way different that blending in a mixer.
    I always love to try new cuisine using traditional method of cooking.

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  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. 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?

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