Easy Homemade Thai Curry Powder Recipe

Thai Curry Powder Recipe

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Ratings (120)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: Approx. 1/2 Cup
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
4 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Approx. 1/2 Cup
Amount per serving
Calories 4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 7mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Curry powder is easier to make than you think, and the taste is so much better than store-bought powders, which, unless you're lucky enough to find an organic blend, usually contain bulking ingredients as well as preservatives (which you won't find listed on the package). This recipe shows you how to make your own so you can be sure it's fresh-tasting as well as healthy—and you can adjust the spiciness of it according to your preference.

Most Thai curries are made from a spice paste rather than curry powder, but this isn't to say Thai cooks don't use curry powder—they do. Using a curry powder rather than a paste means the curry is quick and easy to make—many of the roadside curries in Thailand are made this way. The following recipe creates one of the best curry powders you'll ever try and makes for superior tasting curries or curry-flavored dishes such as this easy classic curry chicken.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 3 bay leaves (remove lower stem)
  • 3 tablespoons coriander (whole or ground)
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seed (whole or ground)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper (ground or whole white peppercorns if you can find them)
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons chili flakes (or cayenne pepper depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 clove (whole or a pinch of ground)

Steps to Make It

If Using Whole Spices

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Place all ingredients in a dry frying pan over medium-high heat. Stir continuously for 1 minute, or until pan is very hot. Then reduce heat to medium and continue stirring 6 to 10 minutes. This will lightly toast the spices, leaving them even more fragrant and tasty.

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  3. Remove pan from heat and tip spices into a bowl to cool. Meanwhile, prepare your grinder. If using a coffee grinder, you will need to wipe it out very well with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove all traces of coffee.

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  4. Place toasted spices in the grinder and grind well to make your curry powder. 

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  5. Use to season your favorite meat and enjoy!

If Using Ground Spices

  1. Stir together all of the ground spices—omitting the bay leaf until you cook your curry—and then dry fry them all together as instructed when using whole spices.

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  2. When using this powder for curry, be sure to add 1 to 2 bay leaves to your curry pot.

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