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Curry Spice Recipe

Looking for a great curry spice recipe? This Thai mix comes together in a flash so you always have some on hand for those busy weeknights

This curry spice recipe creates a yummy Thai blend with a wonderful, mild flavor. 

Making your own curry powder is incredibly simple and it is nice to be able to precisely control the ingredients in homemade blends, perhaps adding more of the spices you love and less of the ones you don’t!

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If you make your curry spice mixes in small batches, they will be much fresher than if you used curry powder from a container that’s been sitting in the pantry for some time!

What’s more, you can be sure that a homemade curry mix contains ONLY herbs and spices. Many commercially prepared curry powders contain extra ingredients, either to bulk them out or to make them last longer. 

Can I use whole spices in this recipe?

To keep things simple, this recipe calls for ground spices. But another option – that gives even fresher results with flavors that really pop – is to start off with whole spices. 

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If you use whole spices, you should toast them in the dry pan, just as described in the method below. Once they are toasted, you will then need to grind them yourself.

There are several different ways of grinding whole spices. 

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One is to use a spice grinder. There are electric grinders available, or ones that you operate manually (usually known as spice mills).

If you don’t already have one of these, but you like to grind your own spices on a regular basis, you might want to treat yourself!

They are quick and easy to use, and you can even use them for other tasks in the kitchen, such as grinding coffee or nuts.

Another option is a mortar and pestle, which requires a little more elbow grease.

If you don’t have either of those, it’s very easy to improvise! Try crushing whole spices on a cutting board, using a very heavy mug.

Or place them in a food safe bag and pound them with a heavy object like a cast iron skillet or rolling pin.

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Curry Spice Recipe

Christine Albury
Looking for a great curry spice recipe? This Thai mix comes together in a flash so you always have some on hand for those busy weeknights
4.08 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Cuisine Asian
Servings 1 1/2 cup
Calories 96 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons Ground Coriander
  • 2 tablespoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Flakes or more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon White Pepper
  • 3 Bay Leaf lower stem removed
  • 1 Whole Cloves


  • Mix all of the ground spices together except for the bay leaf.
  • Put the mixture into a dry frying pan over medium-high heat and toast for a few minutes, until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the spices.
  • Use as required in your recipe, adding the bay leaf to the curry as it cooks.


Calories: 96kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSodium: 29mgFiber: 1g
Keyword Asian, Chicken Curry, Curry, Herbs, Homemade Spices, Thai
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