Homemade Madras Curry Powder

For those that love a spicy curry…

If you love DIY projects in the kitchen, making your own seasoning blends is a ton of fun. It makes ultimate use of the well-stocked spice rack. One of our favorites is spicy curry powders, and few curry powders are spicier than Madras curry powder. There’s plenty of dried kashmiri chilies in the blend and a little cayenne pepper to boot to dial the heat up a notch or two.

Use this powder where curry powder is called for, but be aware of that extra heat that a lot of standard curry powders don’t have. It also is delicious for use in soups, stews, and salads to deliver a more exotic flavor. And don’t forget using it for dips, like a simple curry aioli.

Homemade Madras Curry Powder

Homemade Madras Curry Powder

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 1 cup



  • In a pan over medium heat, add the kashmiri chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon (or cassia bark), cardamom pods, fenugreek seeds, and black peppercorns. Stir often until fragrant (30 seconds to 1 minutes). 
  • Transfer the spices from the pan to a large mortar or spice grinder. Crush the spices into nearly a powder, then add the turmeric and cayenne pepper powder. Continue crushing until all the ingredients are powdered. 
  • Use immediately, or transfer to a sealable airtight container and store for future use. 


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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