Recipe: how to make curry powder

Curry contains several ingredients that have a wide range of health-promoting effects, as shown by many scientific studies. One of its main ingredient is turmeric. The number of scientific studies about this incredible spice has exploded in the last years. Turmeric has been shown to prevent or help in the treatment of many diseases, namely type 1 and type 2 diabetes [1, 2], cancer [3, 4], Alzheimer’s disease [5, 6], among many others. Ginger, another ingredient in curry, has also been shown to have many health benefits, such as antimicrobial and antifungal [7, 8] and anti-inflammatory activity [9, 10], among others. Fenugreek was shown to prevent type 2 diabetes in people that already had prediabetes [11]. Cloves also exhibit anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activity [8]. These are only some of the proven benefits of some of the amazing spices in curry.

Given that curry contains so many powerful ingredients, I do believe it is a super healthy food that we should try to include in our meals as often as possible. However, there are several versions of curry powder. I remember to have tried rice and chicken with curry in some meals in school when I was young, and I totally disliked it. But now I know that curry can taste really much different. The curry I tried in school had a very light yellow color, which I believe was because it did not contain much of the powerful ingredient turmeric (or curcuma). This one gives it a really dark yellow color. And in my opinion, darker curry powders do taste better.

In any case, if you are not satisfied with the curry that you are buying (either because it’s expensive, it doesn’t taste especially good or it doesn’t contain the ingredients that you would like…or maybe contains others that you don’t like), I suggest you give this recipe a try. Below, I give you a list of ingredients and respective amounts you can use in your curry, but feel free to try yourself different combinations of these ingredients.

I do encourage you to always buy organic and high quality ingredients for your curry. You can buy them already ground or grind them yourself, for example in a coffee mill.


Preparation time: ~10 minutes if you bought the ground ingredients ou ~30 minutes if you grind them at home


– 340g turmeric (dried)

– 200g ginger powder (dried)

80g fenugreek seeds

– 60g mustard seeds

– 40g cardamom

– 40g cumin

– 40g coriander seeds

– 15g clove

– Optional: 5g black pepper

– Optional: 10g sweet pepper

– Optional: 10g chili powder (if you want it spicy)


1.If you bought the whole seeds, grind everything using, for example, a coffee mill.

2.Add everything to a bowl.

3.Mix well. Feel the nice smell of the spices 🙂

4.Store in an air-tight container.

That’s it! 🙂

As you might have noticed, this is a quite big amount of curry, and it will probably last you half a year or so. For smaller households, you can make a smaller amount. Or you could for example offer small curry jars as Christmas gifts 🙂

I will start publishing recipes where you can make use of this healthy and tasty curry powder :).


Live healthy,



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