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Basic curry powder

Recipe from: 6/1/2002 12:00:00 AM
Ingredients 10
Servings 0


  • 8 dried red chillies
  • 8 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 4 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 4 curry leves


Remove stalks and seeds from chillies.
Dry-fry with next 6 ingredients, shaking pan, so as not to burn spices and to release the rich aroma.
Grind to a powder in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder, then stir in ginger and turmeric.
Makes about 1 cup.

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