Easy Curry Powder Recipe

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This how-to guide for an easy curry powder recipe is so simple yet amazing, made with only 4 ingredients this mild curry powder will be a sure hit. It is so easy to prepare.

Easy Curry Powder Recipe


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, turmeric, coriander, cumin, cardamom

Curry Powder Ingredients?

  • Turmeric
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Cardamom

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 phyto-chemicals, as well as a variety of health benefits:

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. 

Curry powder ingredients in a white bowl, turmeric, coriander, cardamom and cumin in a white bowl

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.

Add your 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:

Easy curry powder in a glass bottle with a black label

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26 kcal / 109 kJ
4 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

5 min
Ready in:
5 min
2 Servings


Optional Ingredients


  1. Combine turmeric, coriander, cumin, cardamom in a bowl. Store in an airtight container for about 3 months.

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Linda
    March 29, 2019

    I love adding curry to my cooking. Never realize we can actually make that at home and now I can’t wait to make my own!

  2. Bianca
    March 26, 2019

    Love anything curry, so this is a welcome addition to my spice rack.