Homemade Madras Curry Powder

Curry powder is a spice mix of widely varying composition based on South Asian cuisine. Curry is a word invented by the British back when they ruled India.

Making your own curry powder gives you the opportunity to get exactly the combination of flavors you want .  This is my own version of curry powder . I love this Curry Masala Powder flavor a lot and i used to add it in most of my potato fries and veggie pirattals. 

The recipe below has a small yield but you can easily double it if you'd like to  keep some on hand.


Dry Masalas
Coriander seeds       -              4 tbsp.
Fennel seeds                          2 tbsp.
Cumin seeds                          2 tbsp.
Fenugreek seeds                     1/4 tsp .
Nutmeg                                 ½ no
Cloves                                    5 no
Bay leaves                              2 no.
Curry Leaves                           1/4 cup
White Pepper Powder              1 tsp.
Dry Ginger powder                 1 tbsp.
Turmeric Powder                    1 tbsp
Pav Bhaji masala powder        1 tbsp.       

  • Toss all the dry spices onto a dry pan and heat over medium heat till aroma comes out. Watch very carefully that the spices don’t burn. Constant stirring is important.
  • In the same pan, toss in the curry leaves, until they crisp up, and start turning brown around the edges
  • Once the spices are toasted, separate out the nutmeg. Use a micro plane or fine grinder to grate the nutmeg.
  • I did not roast turmeric, ginger powder, white pepper powder and Pav bhaji powder simply added it while grinding.
  • Grind the rest of the spices using a spice grinder, Add  the grated nutmeg in it. Mix well.
  • Store it in an air tight container.