How to make homemade Yellow Curry Powder using spices you already have in your spice drawer. This mild Indian version is simple and easy and can be made with whole or ground spices. 

How to make homemade Yellow Curry Powder using spices you already have in your spice drawer. This mild Indian version is simple and easy. #currypowder #yellowcurrypowder #curry

I ran out of yellow curry powder the other day, right in the middle of cooking this Golden Cauliflower Dal. Instead of running to the grocery store,  I improvised and made my own yellow curry powder blend, using the spices I already had. It turned out wonderfully and I thought I would share, just in case you ever run into this problem too.

How to make homemade Yellow Curry Powder using spices you already have in your spice drawer. This mild Indian version is simple and easy. #currypowder #yellowcurrypowder #curry

This Indian version is intentionally kept mild- with very little heat, but still packs a lot of flavor, perfect for comforting, soothing dishes like dals and stews.  

Spices in Yellow Curry Powder: 

How to make homemade Yellow Curry Powder using spices you already have in your spice drawer. This mild Indian version is simple and easy and can be made with whole spices or ground spices. #currypowder #yellowcurrypowder #curry

Feel free to use ground spices or toasted whole spices- ground into a fine powder (a coffee grinder works well here).

If your spices seem old or lack aroma, give them a quick warm-up in a dry hot skillet.

How to make homemade Yellow Curry Powder using spices you already have in your spice drawer. This mild Indian version is simple and easy and can be made with whole spices or ground spices. #currypowder #yellowcurrypowder #curry

Stir constantly for 30-60 seconds, over medium heat, until fragrant, an easy way to revive them. 

How to make homemade Yellow Curry Powder using spices you already have in your spice drawer. This mild Indian version is simple and easy and can be made with whole spices or ground spices. #currypowder #yellowcurrypowder #curry

Let cool and store in a jar. 

How to make homemade Yellow Curry Powder using spices you already have in your spice drawer. This mild Indian version is simple and easy. #currypowder #yellowcurrypowder #curry

This Yellow Curry Powder will keep 6-12 months in a sealed jar. 

Enjoy! 

Other spice blends you may like: 

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How to make homemade Yellow Curry Powder using spices you already have in your spice drawer. This mild Indian version is simple and easy and can be made with whole spices or ground spices. #currypowder #yellowcurrypowder #curry

Yellow Curry Powder

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: ⅓ cup 1x
  • Category: spices, condiments, diy
  • Method: stirred
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Hindu

Description

How to make your own Yellow Curry Powder using spices you already have in your spice drawer. Use ground spices or toasted whole seeds. 


Ingredients

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  • 2 teaspoons coriander or 1 tablespoon whole seeds, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin or whole seeds 
  • 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek seed (optional, but good)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seed or anise seed (optional) 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom 
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  nutmeg or mace 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove ( or one clove, toasted and ground) 
  • 1/81/4 teaspoon cayenne (or leave it out for mild) 
  • a pinch of salt 

Instructions

If using any whole seeds, toast in a dry skillet until fragrant, and grind finely. 

Place ground spices in a jar, cover and shake to mix. 

Keeps 12 months in a sealed jar. 


Notes

If using particularly old ground spices, sometimes lightly toasting them in a dry skillet for 30-45 seconds, stirring over medium heat, will help revive them. 

The optional ingredients are truly optional but add complexity and nuance. I especially like the fenugreek. You could also add dried, ground curry leaf ( 2-3 leaves). 

 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
  • Calories: 5

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Great flavor, and easy to make. Now I don’t have to buy yellow curry powder anymore . I tripled the recipe and it should last me awhile.

  2. This makes the most incredible yellow curry I’ve ever had. We used the whole recipe for one can of coconut milk and half an onion. It made the falafel sing.
    Such a winner! Thank you!

    1. Hi Dee. It is quite essential in yellow curry- it makes it yellow. Also gives good flavor. That being said- you can of course do what you want and leave it out. 😉 Do you think such a small amount would affect you?

  3. Very good! Next time I will use only the whole spices, toasted. The flavor is better. I didn’t have white pepper. I love being able to make my own spice blends so I do not have to buy such a huge quantity at the international store, which sells them in two cup quantities!! Thank you. You are my go-to site for cooking great tasting healthy food!