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DIY Culinary Herb & Spice Blends: Golden Curry Powder

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The secret to this delicious golden curry powder blend is in the spices. Grinding whole spices creates a DIY curry that's vibrant, flavorful & pungent.

DIY Culinary Herb & Spice Blends: Golden Curry Powder

Devon 3 Comments

The secret to this delicious golden curry powder blend is in the spices. Grinding whole spices creates a DIY curry that’s vibrant, flavorful & pungent.  Next up for my DIY culinary herb and spice blends, in collaboration with Mountain Rose Herbs: Golden Curry Powder

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golden curry powder spices

There is something altogether unique about the scent of curry.  It is warm, spicy, exotic.  But, so often, I find the flavor packaged, premade, curry powder blends to be bland, stale, and lacking in dimension.  I want more out of my curry powder.  I want it to transport me to a spice market in a faraway place,  to travel by way of flavor.  That said, custom blending the complex, traditional flavors each time I want to spike a dish with a curry kick is a bit of a hassle.  Creating a go-to curry powder blend satisfies both my need for intense flavor and practical convenience.

Truth be told, there are countless, limitless variations on the curry theme.  Mine will hardly be anything new, or unexpected.  But it will be good.  And it will be pungent.  The secret always comes from using high quality freshly ground spices like those that I get with Mountain Rose Herbs.  This golden curry powder blend is as vibrant as it is flavorful.

golden curry blend collage

Turmeric, ginger, and fenugreek seem the undisputed triumvirate of curry flavor – and they have a coveted spot in this blend. Cumin, coriander and a pinch of cayenne add complexity by way of earth, citrusy, and heat.  Traditional “chai” style spices of cardamom, black pepper, and cinnamon offer the exotic flavors and aromatics that make this curry powder blend special.

This curry powder blend makes a typical quick weeknight meal a bit more exciting.  Simple basmati rice can become a golden pilaf tossed with toasted almonds, dried currants, and fresh chopped parsley.  Plain Greek yogurt can become the perfect foil to shredded chicken inside a wrap for a meal on the go.  A few veggies, a can of coconut milk, and a handful of peeled shrimp make a super quick coconut curry soup.  All with a spoonful of this fragrant golden goodness.

The big secret to making this blend great is getting your hands on fresh, whole spices.  While you certainly can make a similar blend with pre-ground spices, your curry powder will remain fresher and more pungent when you grind your own.

Need more DIY Blends?  Try Herbs de Provence or Southwestern Chili Powder!

 The secret to this delicious golden curry powder blend is in the spices. Grinding whole spices creates a DIY curry that's vibrant, flavorful & pungent.

Golden Curry Powder Recipe

Golden Curry Powder

The secret to this delicious golden curry powder blend is in the spices. Grinding whole spices creates a DIY curry that's vibrant, flavorful & pungent.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup turmeric root granules
  • 2 tablespoons ginger root granules
  • 2 tablespoons fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seed
  • 1 tablespoon green cardamom pods
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder

Instructions

  • Grind all whole spices to a fine powder.  Combine and mix well.  Store in a tightly lidded jar, in a cool dark place for up to a year.

Homemade Golden Curry Powder

Devon

Devon is a writer and author on subjects of holistic and sustainable living. She has a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, and her first book, The Backyard Herbal Apothecary, was published by Page Street Publishing in Spring 2019. Devon's work outside of NittyGrittyLife.com can be seen at LearningHerbs.com, GrowForageCookFerment.com, AttainableSustainable.net, and in the magazine The Backwoods Home. Devon's second book, The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen, will be published Fall 2019.

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3 Comments

  • Kathie November 5, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I have an abundance of ground ginger, turmeric, and cardamom that I’d like to use. Would you know how much would be substituted?
    Thanks!

    • Devon November 10, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      Hi Kathie!
      It is hard to say exactly how much of each spice to use. The strength of ground spices can vary pretty greatly in my experience. If I were you, I would loosely adapt the recipes into “parts” so that you can get ratios an adjust to your preferences. There really isn’t a WRONG way to make curry blends and this is just my take on it!

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