Homemade curry powder is perfect to use as is in your favorite, curry recipes, soups, sauces, rice dishes or customize with the addition of other spices to make your own!
I have been using this basic 4 ingredient curry powder recipe for over 20 years and it has never failed me yet, I sometimes add other spices to it but it is definitely great on its own.
The spices are mild so this is a kid-friendly curry powder recipe.
Curry powder is a major part of my Jamaican culture, because of the large amounts of Indian migrants who settled there.
There are many brands of Jamaican curry powder on the market, no two curry powders are the same and flavors vary from brand to brand.
Some blends can be so complicated that they may contain over 20 spices. that is a nightmare for the home cook. I decided to make a homemade curry powder that is a base for all my curry dishes, it is so versatile to adapt and tastes amazing!
What Is Curry Powder?
Curry powder is a blend of spices, it is actually from the word ‘Kari’ which means a blend of spices. Depending on the region of the world the spices differ, the main ingredients in curry powder are turmeric, coriander, cumin, and cardamom.
Other spices that are sometimes included are cloves, black pepper, chili, anise, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, mustard, fennel, fenugreek.
Curry powder was first manufactured in the 18th-century British colonists who were involved in the spice trade with India. The British would see the local Indians making curry using fresh ingredients and spices for every meal. The British wanted a simpler blend of spices that could be bottled and be substituted for the term curry.
Throughout the world, there are now many bottled blends of curry. There are Japanese curry powder, Malaysia curry powder, Indian curry powder to name a few.
It is impossible to have one standard recipe for curry powder as each mix is unique. My suggestion would be to start with my base recipe then play around with the recipe, adding other spices and amounts until you find one that you love.
Curry Powder Ingredients?
Curry powder Health Benefits
The blend of spices in curry powder is actually good for you because the spices contain a myriad of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, as well as a variety of health benefits:
- Boosts the immune system
- Fights cancer
- Reduces inflammation in the body
- Aids digestion
- Controls blood sugar,
- Fights Alzheimer’s
- Prevents Osteoporosis
- Coriander has antibacterial properties.
Turmeric powder- the key ingredient that makes curry powder yellow is founded to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
Turmeric’s main compound curcumin is known to control blood sugar spikes and regulates insulin sensitivity. See the study.
Curcumin has also been connected to removing the plaque build-up in the neural pathway of the brain.
Curry powder consumption in India has been connected to the lower rates of Alzheimer’s in India.
How To Make Curry Powder?
Combine turmeric, coriander, cumin, cardamom in a bowl. Store in an airtight container for about 3 months.
Other Ingredients To Add To Your Curry Powder
- Ginger Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
How To Use Curry Powder?
When making your curry dish always start by sauteing onion, garlic, fresh ginger in oil and sometimes tomatoes depending on your recipe,
Add 2 tablespoons curry powder and herbs, cook until fragrant.
Stir in beans (chickpeas), protein (meat substitute) or chopped vegetable(carrot, potato, cauliflower) that you are using, stir to coat.
Add liquid whether it be water, vegetable broth, and or coconut milk, salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer until vegetables are cooked, and your sauce is thick.
Curry powder can be used in many dishes, here are some of my favorite:
- 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
- 2 tablespoons ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- Combine turmeric, coriander, cumin, cardamom in a bowl.
- Store in an airtight container for about 3 months.