Never buy curry powder again. Homemade curry powder is easy, cheap and guaranteed fresh every time. And you can customize it if you want to. More chili? Sure. A bit of cardamom? Why not. Hint of cinnamon? It’s up to you.

My favourite is Bolst’s mild curry powder. I like it. Balanced flavours. Just tasty all around curry powder. They’ve been around since the 1930s so they must have a following.

With one problem. I can’t buy it anymore. Nobody has it in town. Looked it up on-line. With shipping – $25. Twenty-five bucks. For about two bucks of spice. Can’t see doing that. Not even for Bolst’s.

Anyone can make homemade curry powder

Homemade curry powder costs pennies to make and it's better than you can buy.

So I reverse engineered it. Had the list of ingredients and a clue. Chilies are 6% of the mix. Ingredients are presented in order – highest to lowest. Wasn’t that hard. Tinkered with it a bit and came up with this.

Indians will tell you they don’t use curry powder. I’ve never understood that. They say they use masalas. Go to any Indian grocery and you will see boxes and boxes of masalas.

Masalas are mixes of spices all ready to go. Curry powder is a mix of spices all ready to go. Confusing.

I think the real difference is more philosophic. Curry powder is one size fits all. Masalas are custom to the dish. Tandoori masala. Chaat masala. Chana masala. It does make sense.

So many uses

When I’m cooking Indian I don’t tend to use this curry powder much either. Certainly it’s never front and centre. That would make everything taste the same. But it is useful to have around. Lot’s of non-traditional Indian uses for it.

Homemade curry powder is great in soups like curried carrot. Or in Moroccan chicken with chickpeas. Or when you want to whip up a quick chicken curry.

Just a great all around spice mix to add to your arsenal. Don’t waste money on pre-fab curry powder. Homemade curry powder. It’s easy. It’s cheap. And it’s delicious.

The recipe on the jar isn’t photoshop BTW. My wife got a Cricut crafting gizmo for Christmas. That’s my actual curry powder jar. I won’t be forgetting the recipe any time soon…

Homemade curry powder in a mason jar with the recipe on the jar.
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homemade curry powder

Don't spend money on pre-fab curry powder. Homemade curry powder is easy to make and just tastes better.
Course ingredient
Cuisine Indian
Keyword curry powder
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 383kcal
Author romain | glebekitchen


  • 85 grams coriander powder
  • 75 grams turmeric powder
  • 30 grams brown mustard seeds - whole
  • 12 grams kashmiri chili powder
  • 6 grams ginger powder
  • 6 grams cumin seed - whole
  • 6 grams fenugreek seed - whole


  • Grind the mustard seed, cumin seed and fenugreek seed to a fine powder. A coffee grinder works well.
  • Combine the ground seed mixture with the remaining spices in a bowl and mix thoroughly to combine.
  • Store in a mason jar for up to a month.


Get your spices at a busy bulk food store. Somewhere you can be sure the spices are fresh. When it comes to ground spices, fresh is critical...


Serving: 210g | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 1829mg | Fiber: 31g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1815IU | Vitamin C: 19.7mg | Calcium: 463mg | Iron: 28.5mg




6 thoughts on “homemade curry powder

  1. Hi Romain, just thought I’d mention that Boltz’s mild powder is on Amazon UK website for £1.97/100gm tin (min order 3 tins) appears to be direct from Boltz.
    Thanks for the amazing recipes – Chris

    • You could use black mustard seeds. It would be different but I don’t think dramatically so. I haven’t tried it with black mustard seeds myself so no guarantees I am afraid.

      With the caveat that I do not ever endorse products for money (never will) I use and love my Zojirushi Neuro. It is an expensive one trick pony and while I generally don’t like one use kitchen gadgets I can’t believe I ever did without it…

  2. Hi Romain

    Thanks for the info…

    Are you saying store in a mason jar for a month before use, or that the mixed curry powder should only be kept for a month?

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