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How To Make Curry Powder

Updated on July 6, 2015
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What Is Curry Powder

Curry powder is a combination of powdered spices used in cooking to enhance the taste of dishes. Curry powder is used in many parts of the world including Sri Lanka.

There are two types of curry powder used in Sri Lanka: roasted curry powder and un-roasted (raw) curry powder. The difference between the two is in the smell and taste.

Spices which go into making roasted curry powder are pan fried which brings out the flavors and fragrances of the spices making it much stronger than the spices of un-roasted curry powder.

Roasted curry powder is used when cooking meat curries such as chicken, beef, pork and mutton. Un-roasted curry powder is used in fish curries and vegetable curries.

The Book of Curry Recipes

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How To Store Curry Powder

Making curry powder is quite easy but you should always use spices which are fresh.

The curry powder can then be stored for a longer period of time and not get spoilt.

Curry powder should always be kept in a dark dry place away from direct sunlight. Curry powder can lose its freshness since sunlight tends to bleach the spices.

Glass jars with airtight lids are usually used for storing curry powder as this will help retain the spices freshness, aroma and fragrance. Some claim blue or brown colored jars are ideal for storing curry powder. People are also known to store curry powder in clay containers or metal containers.

Curry powder begins to lose its freshness after two to three months so it’s sometimes best to grind the spices using fresh ingredients on a regular basis.

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How To Make Roasted Curry Powder Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5 cloves
  • 5 cardamom pods (only use the black seeds inside each of the cardamom)
  • 1 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 8 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 3 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Method:

Place a shallow frying pan on the burner and turn on the heat to low.

Put the above ingredients into the pan and heat the spices for 2-4 minutes until slightly brown in color stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.

Take off the fire and put the spices into a grinder while it’s still warm

Grind the spices into a powder. Remove from the grinder and place in an airtight glass jar.

* If your grinder is small only grind a little of the spices at a time to ensure the spices will be finely and evenly powdered.

How to Make a Ceylon Roast Curry Powder

How To Make Un-roasted (Raw) curry powder

Ingredients:

  • 5 cloves
  • 5 cardamom pods (only use the black seeds inside each of the cardamom)
  • 1 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 8 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 3 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Put all the spices into the grinder and grind into a powder. Remove from the grinder and store in an air tight glass jar.

* If your grinder is small only grind a little of the spices at a time to ensure the spices will be finely and evenly powdered.


How to Make Curry Powder

Benefits of Turmeric

The benefits of curry powder can be mainly credited to the spice turmeric.

Turmeric contains a component curcumin which has been proved to have medicinal properties to aid in treating the following diseases:

  • Aging
  • Reduce paint in the joints
  • Alzheimer
  • Skin Cancer (melanoma)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • STD’s
  • Psoriasis


Homemade Curry Powder Recipe

Benefits of Coriander Seeds

Coriander seeds are another spice used in making curry powder which has therapeutic properties. For example when taken regularly coriander can treat indigestion. Some people are known to boil 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds with ½ liter water on medium low heat and when the liquid has reduced to half strain and drink it every other day.

Coriander seed to treat hair loss is a common remedy used by quite a few people. All one needs to do is take ½ teaspoon of coriander powder and mix with some coconut oil. Then massage on scalp. Leave for 15 minutes and wash with warm water and a mild baby shampoo. This treatment should be done once a week to prevent hair fall.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Everyone talks about curry powder, but no one tells you how to make it. Thanks for being the one.

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Hello Rjsadowski and thank you for stopping by and reading my hub. You are welcome for the recipe. Do let me know how it turns out if you make it.

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      malhota 5 years ago from Portugal

      Rjsadowski, You're right. It's difficult to find that recipe. Thank you Suranee. Regards

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      Thank you Malhota and you are most welcome for the recipe.

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      carl 5 years ago

      Thanks Suranee for the recipes,i have tried both and the results are excellent.Hard to find an original curry powder here in my part of England.x

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      Suranee Perera 5 years ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      You are welcome Carl. Glad to know the recipes turned out well. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      Audrey Hunt 15 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you kindly for sharing this recipe for curry. You've made it doable! Lovely photos. Sharing.

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      Suranee Perera 15 months ago from Kandy, Sri Lanka

      You are welcome VocalCoach!

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