If you are anything like us, you’ll love the smell of a good curry cooking.
There’s nothing quite like it and can instantly transport us back to Kerala in Southern India where we really got a passion for all kinds of Indian food.
One of the most fundamental secrets to an authentic Indian dish is to get the spice blend right, you need to follow the best curry powder recipe.
If you mix your spices well, then you’re way on the road to success for making an outstanding Indian curry.
Our recipe for a blend of Indian spices to use as your ‘go to’ Indian curry spice mix will give you a head start, and you’ll never buy a store bought blended jar again.
In the long run, this is a lot more cost effective and you can make up batches to save time.
What do I use it this mix for?
We’ve used it in our wonderful vegetable bhuna but it’s not just for curries, you can use this spice mix in soups and stews, to add a wonderful depth of flavor.
What is the secret to a good curry?
There are three core ingredients to a good curry, upon which everything else is built.
The first is using onions, onions are an essential part of any curry.
Next is the ginger garlic paste, the fresher the paste the better.
Finally, the blend of spices that you use is crucial for a good curry. By adding generous amounts of spices, you’ll be adding both depth and flavor to the dish, so you need to follow the best curry powder recipe.
Is curry spice the same as curry powder?
Yes, it most certainly is!
Curry powder is a blend of different curry spices that have been ground into a powder – simple!
Homemade vs store bought
Of course, you can buy store bought and there’s the convenience factor there but if you make your own blend, you can include the spices that you like.
With the spices that you’ve tried and tested in your own spice mix, you can be more generous with the ones you like.
And it’s a lot cheaper to make your own, that’s a big advantage isn’t it?
What is the main spice in curry?
No curry is complete without turmeric.
The color of a curry is thanks to turmeric and it has a bitter but warm taste.
Why does Indian food use so many spices?
Apart from the wonderfully complexity of flavors?
Well, actually spices slow down the spoiling of food – seriously, spices do.
It’s been proven that bacteria don’t survive well with the hot spices, meaning Asian cooks could use their curry spice mix to help to keep their food fresher for longer.
Where’s the best place to buy curry spices from?
You can buy individual spices in most stores now but the best places to buy them from in our opinion are the Asian food stores.
Here you’ll find the widest range of even the most obscure of spice.
They’ll be authentic brands and in larger bags.
They’ll also be cheaper than the supermarket, usually quite considerably.
Be warned though, it’s quite easy to lose hours in these shops, the variety is fascinating, make sure you take lots of bags with you, we do!
So if you cook with spices on a regular basis, it’s worth investing in larger bags to save money in the long run.
Worried you won’t use all of them and they’ll go stale? It’s not a problem, you can store them in the freezer and simply use them as you need them.
Recipe notes and tips
- Run out of turmeric? Take a look at our useful substitute for turmeric guide.
How do I make it?
Our curry spice mix is really easy to make and we’ve included enough quantity for you to be able to batch make it so that you can just grab a jar and use it quickly whenever you need it.
You’ll need to gather your spices, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, paprika, curry powder, chilli powder and ground black pepper.
Place them in a bowl and stir them until they are fully combined.
Decant them into a jar and just make sure that you store them in a cupboard or cool place.
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INDIAN CURRY SPICE MIX
- 4 tbsp Turmeric
- 4 tbsp Cumin powder
- 4 tbsp Coriander powder
- 3 tbsp Paprika
- 2 tbsp Curry powder
- 1 tbsp Chili powder
- 1 tsp Ground black pepper
- First, you'll need to gather your spices, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, paprika, curry powder, chilli powder and ground black pepper
- Place them in a bowl and stir them until they are fully combined
- Decant them into a jar and just make sure that you store them in a cupboard or cool place
- That's it! You're now well on the way to making a tasty curry! Enjoy!