Madras Curry Powder

Makes: 1 cup


  • 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 3 - 4 inches cassia bark
  • 10 - 15 whole green cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon whole black pepper
  • 5 - 6 long, mild kashmiri chiles
  • 20 - 30 small curry leaves, picked
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
In This Recipe


  1. Toast the first seven spices, one at a time, in a hot, heavy pan until fragrant. This can take anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute. Remove to a bowl and let cool completely.
  2. To toast curry leaves, place in the same hot pan. Shake the pan, to crisp up and toast the leaves, about 1 minute. When they are fragrant, brown around the edges and crumbly, remove them from the pan, and cool.
  3. Place the toasted spices, curry leaves and ground turmeric in a spice grinder or powerful blender and grind to a fine powder, sieving if necessary.
  4. Store in an airtight tin, in a cool place away from light.

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