Curry Powder is a spice, which includes different whole spices, the word curry is an English word, because Curry Powder is a British invention; they use it for seasoning many Asian and Indian Curries. Curry Powder has many ingredients similar to Garam Masala but the purpose and taste of both is different, Garam Masala on one hand has strong overpowering taste which increase the body heat when added too much in any dish while on the other hand curry powder gives food nice colour, flavour and acts as taste enhancer.
All across the globe there is no standardized version of curry powder, every Indian restaurant abroad has it’s own curry powder recipe. Curry Powder recipe is very much similar to Sambhar Powder or you can say it is somewhat similar to readymade Kitchen King Masala or Sabzi Masala. The word Curry is believed to be derived from the Tamil word Kari, which relates to something like gravy or sauce with vegetables and meat in it.
There can be different permutation and combinations of spices to make curry powder so do not get confused. This curry powder recipe was shared with me by one of the faculties when I was doing baking course, this recipe has easily available spices and no complicated procedure. I use it to season Kofta curries, Dals or chicken dishes and just a small teaspoon of it is enough. While making Curry Powder or any other spice mix is very specific about the measurement, for that purpose I would suggest either use measuring cups and spoons or weighing machine.
Homemade Curry Powder Recipe
Yields 250 gram
The Curry Powder is an all-purpose spice powder commonly used in everyday Indian cooking.
100 gram coriander seeds
50 gram cumin seeds
20 gram turmeric powder
10 gram black peppercorns
1 inch piece of cinnamon
1 blade of mace
2 whole star anise
1 whole nutmeg
5 green cardamom
In a cast iron skillet (Buy it here) dry roast all the whole spices except turmeric till fragrant and light brown in color. Turn off the heat. Let the roasted spices cool down for few minutes.
In a mixer (Buy it here) blend the roasted spices along with turmeric to a coarse powder.
If you prefer sieve the powder to get fine consistency curry powder.
Store Curry Powder in an airtight container at room temperature. Make sure to use clean and dry spoon to scoop out curry powder.