Malaysian Curry Powder

Malaysian Curry Powder


Common in Malaysian cooking, this curry powder contains a fragrant blend of freshly toasted spices.
  • Serves: Approx. 1/3 cup
  • Active Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
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Step 1: Toasting the Spices

• 10 whole cloves
• 10 whole black peppercorns
• 4 whole cardamom pods
• 1 cinnamon stick (about 2-inches/5 cm)
• 4 whole dried red chilies
• 4 tbsp coriander seeds
• 2 tbsp cumin seeds
• 1 tsp fennel seeds


To make this meat curry powder, begin by toasting the spices according to size, as they will toast at different rates.

Place a pan over medium heat and toast the cloves, cardamom and peppercorns. Toss a few times, and as soon as they begin to smoke and release their fragrance, set them aside to cool.

Do the same for the cinnamon stick and dried chilies. Next, toast the coriander seeds. Finally, toast the cumin and fennel seeds together. Let the spices cool completely.

Step 2: Grinding the Spices

• 1 tsp turmeric


To grind the spices, you can either use a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder. Starting with the harder items first, pound together the cloves, peppercorns, and cardamom. Next, add the cinnamon stick and chilies and grind well. Add the cumin and fennel, finishing with the coriander seeds and turmeric.

Once you have finished pounding, you can strain the spices through a sieve to achieve an even finer powder. If there are large bits left over, you can grind these again and strain.

This blend of spices lends wonderful flavor to many curry dishes. To ensure freshness, store any leftover spices in an air-tight container.


  • Chester 4
    Chester 4
    I was unable to find whole cardamom pods, but was able to find ground cardamom. how much of the ground cardamom can I substitute for the 4 whole cardamom pods?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hi Chester- 4 pods will yield around 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons depending on the size of the pods. Any good spice shop or specialty grocer will have whole cardamom. Good luck cooking!
  • Gaye F
    Gaye F
    do you have a recipe using this please?
  • Lauren L Rouxbe Staff
    Lauren L
    Hi Gaye. You can use this anywhere that curry powder is called for. If you head to our recipe database and search "curry", there are a few recipes that you can use this for. I personally love using this specific blend on roasted cauliflower, in butternut squash soup, on roasted tofu or in a coconut lentil soup. Let us know what you create! Lauren
  • Zahraa G
    Zahraa G
    Most of these spices I own are already blended, does it change anything?
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hi Zahraa: Thanks for writing. Once you have made your own spice mixes, it is really difficult to buy jarred mixes. You will get a hint of the flavors from the mixes you already own, but I highly suggest to make your own mix, it really boosts the flavors in any dish you are making. Plus, it is pure fun! Cheers, -Char
  • Tom J
    Tom J
    I believe there is a recipe for malaysian short ribs within the Rouxbe video library
  • Sandy S Rouxbe Staff
    Sandy S
    Hi Tom, Indeed there is... Happy cooking! Cheers, Sandy

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