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How to make Sri Lankan curry powder

How to make Sri Lankan curry powder

  • Author: Tooting Mama
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Cuisine: Sri Lankan



Curry powder base

  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds

Garam masala

  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom pods
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 dried chilli (or more if you prefer a stronger heat)


  • Place all the dry ingredients into a small, solid bottom frying pan
  • On a gentle heat start to warm the spices. Let the spices heat up until you get a gorgeous smell wafting through your kitchen. Continue to heat until the spices turn a golden brown
  • Take off the heat and pour the spices into a pestle and mortar. With a bit of elbow grease, grind the spices into a powder, remembering to discard the cardamom pod husks
  • Store in a glass jar and use when needed. 
  • Enjoy!