Sunday, 8 January 2012

Recipe for Sri Lankan Raw Curry Powder

Few weeks ago I found that my raw curry powder from Sri Lanka is already finished. I bought a packet of curry powder from a store, but noticed that I cannot get the Sri Lankan flavor by using it. Specially I couldn’t get the aroma which I usually get in my dishes. So I thought of preparing Sri Lankan curry powder at home & here is my mother’s recipe.
Anyway even in Sri Lanka, different recipes & methods are found in preparing curry powder. Those are according to personal choices & provinces we live.
Here is the recipe.

Ingredients (yield about 100g curry powder)
50g Cumin seeds
25g fennel seeds
25g Coriander seeds
2 tbspn  fenugreek seeds
1 tsp cardamom (about 6 nos of cardomom)
1 tsp cloves
1-2 sprigs curry leaves
2 inch piece cinnamon


First wash all the ingredients, drain water .Leave on some paper towels & allow to dry.

Remove skin of the cardomom & use the seeds.

Heat a pan & make curry leaves to dry.
Then roast other all ingredients slightly.
Grind all ingredients to a fine powder. Sieve them to get the fine powder & grind the remaining again.
Homemade curry powder is ready.
Store in an air tight bottle.

Here is my fake recipe to make Sri Lankan curry powder if you really don’t have time to grind them & if you reside in another country. I tried this method after my first batch of homemade curry powder was finished. & taste was ok.
You can buy Cumin seeds powder, coriander powder & fennel seeds powder from an Indian store.Mix them proportionally as above. Slightly roast the mix & sieve. So they will mix well. Store in an air tight bottle. However remember to add cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon & curry leaves while you cook.

Shared with some of Monday Events   09/01/2012
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  1. Awesome powder...should try it soon..


  2. Hey thnaks. By 1tsp cardamon i suppose you mean the cardamon has to be peeled & the seeds to measure 1 tsp. You use green ones right?

  3. very informative post.......thanx 4 sharing

  4. WOW, I love it, I am Happy to follow you and I am New in the blog :D I would be happy to have few more followers if you dont mind :D

  5. nice post, curry powder is sure flavourful Amy..

  6. Very flavorful and useful home-made curry powder Dear.Luv it!

  7. thanks a lot for all your nice comments..Thanks Archana for the comment,I havent write it clearly & corrected it now.It is around 6 nos. cardomoms (1 tsp of cardomom cloves),after that remove the skin & use the seeds.

  8. fabulous post... thanks for sharing...

  9. Nice flavors. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. i learn somthing new everyday! Thanks!

  11. hi amy, thanks so much for sharing this recipe. i have always wanted to learn how to make my own curry powder..bookmarked. have a nice day.

  12. Awesome! I always buy my curry powder from Indian stalls & haven't tried making them at home. Cool!

  13. Fabulous! And probably so good! I would love for you to link up with my party at

    Have a great day!

  14. I love how your spices are organized in those colorful bowls! Thanks so much for joining Make Yourself Monday!

    For Love of

  15. Look great,Thank you for joining us at Creative Mondays :)

  16. A lot of work but I am sure it is well worth the effort. So glad you shared this on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  17. I am planning to make a bunch of seasoning but I have not moved on it yer. Maybe, reading this, will help me move along. I think, it is a wonderful idea.
    Thanks for sharing with My Meatless Mondays.

  18. Made this with my mortar and pestle. Hard work, but results were fine. Tried it with the curry recipe and it was superb. Many thanks


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