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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


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


  • 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 


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. 


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). 



  • Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
  • Calories: 5

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