Tamil Nadu Curry Powder Recipe


  • 2 tablespoon cumin seeds 
  • 2 tablespoon black mustard seeds 
  • 1/2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds 
  • 1/2 tablespoon split urad dal or yellow split peas 
  • 25 fresh curry leaves; or up to fresh curry leav 
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns 
  • 6 dry chili pods; or up to dry chili pods 
  • 1/3 cup ground coriander 
  • 2 tablespoon ground turmeric 


  1. Toast the cumin, black mustard, and fenugreek seeds, the split dal, and the fresh curry leaves as described in ("Preparing Ground Spices"). 
  2. Add the peppercorns and chili pods and grind the mixture to a fine powder. 
  3. Add the coriander and turmeric and mix well.