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Indian homestyle cooking takes a lot of effort. Just look at the wonderful curries all over the internet. They are complicated. There are many steps. They take a long time. They’re worth it but they’re work. Indian restaurants can’t do it the same way. You would be waiting for hours to eat. Restaurant curries take 10 minutes to cook. There’s a few tricks to make that happen. Indian restaurant spice mix is one of those tricks.

They all do it. First they figure out what base flavour profile is right for the restaurant. Then they figure out what’s common. That’s the Indian restaurant spice mix. They then use that spice mix as a starting point and layer flavours on top to create their masterpieces.

This simple Indian restaurant spice mix can be used to make almost any Indian restaurant curry.

This particular Indian restaurant spice mix takes seven of the usual suspects and knocks it down to one. That’s seven ingredients you no longer have to measure out. Probably saves two or three minutes per curry. That adds up.

This particular mix comes from the brains behind the biggest restaurant curry enthusiast forum in the world. He goes by Cory Ander – get it? Find his forum here. If you want to learn anything and everything about cooking Indian restaurant curry, this is the place to go. Tell them I sent you. They’re a great bunch.

This is the spice mix used in all the Indian restaurant curries on this blog.

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This Indian restaurant spice mix is one of the key tricks restaurants use to make their curries.
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Recipe type: spice mix
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp coriander powder
  • 2 Tbsp cumin powder
  • 4 Tbsp turmeric powder
  • 3 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp mild curry powder
  • 1 tsp mild chili powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix.
  2. Store in a cool place along with all your other spices.
Notes
Mild curry powder can be any commercially available curry powder. I personally like Boltz for this recipe but there are many out there.

Chili powder is Indian chili powder. It comes in different heat levels, from mellow to blistering hot. You want mild for this recipe. Look for kashmiri mild chili powder at any Indian grocery store. The flavour is quite distinctive. In a pinch, you can use something like New Mexican Red chili powder.

16 thoughts on “indian restaurant spice mix

  1. Yessss! Indian food is a joy I did not experience until I was an adult and now I’m obsessed! I would eat it every night if I could. I am definitely emptying out the spice cabinet to make room for this gem!

  2. I LOVE this! I am not the best at Indian cooking but I really love curry, this will definitely help me create an awesome starting point. Thank you so much for sharing, pinning for later!

  3. yay yay yay!! So excited to try this out with your curry base! Finally I can make my own awesome indian food at home!! and I LOVE how you wrote the ingredients down in the photograph! Such a personal and nice touch!

    • Haha. I don’t know that the raw spice flavour would work that well on popcorn but that would be a fun experiment for sure.

  4. I love cooking Indian food, and it makes my whole house smell wonderful. But it is always so many ingredients, so I like the idea of having this around ahead of time! I’m thinking it would be good in a yogurt marinade for grilled chicken, too. I’m sure it will be a new staple in my house!

    • My pleasure. I’m working on a restaurant curry technique post that should be out soon. Once I have that up I’ll start posting restaurant style curry recipes.

  5. Hi
    I am so excited n happy to have found your web page.

    Your recipes are so easy n flavoursome
    Will try the spice mix
    Thanks for sharing your ideas

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