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yellow curry powder in a small bowl with spices around it.

Easy Yellow Curry Powder

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  • Author: Suwanee
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1/3 cup 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Yellow curry powder is a mild curry mixture that curry lovers worldwide adore. This easy yellow curry powder is commonly used in Thai food and can elevate any dish to new levels of deliciousness. It can be made in less than 10 minutes!



*only use half the amount of ground spices when substituting powder for whole spices.


  1. Separate the whole spices (seeds) from the powdered ones. Break your cinnamon sticks into small pieces as best you can.  
  2. Toast the whole spices. Over medium heat, dry toast your seeds or whole spices in a large skillet. Cast iron is excellent for toasting the spices.
  3. Spice Grinding. Allow the spice to cool before grinding. Using a spice grinder, blend the toasted seeds into a fine powder.
  4. Combine the ground spices. Combine the freshly ground and powdered spices in a large skillet or cast iron pan.
  5. Heat the pan to medium heat and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon. Keep a close eye on your powder. Dry toasting for 3-4 minutes or until fragrant. Remove the powder mixture from the pan and allow to cool.
  6. Sift the toasted powder through a small fine mesh strainer to remove any runaway large pieces of the spices. Store in an air-tight container to preserve freshness and flavor.


  • A spice grinder is extra handy for making your curry powder. A small food processor will not work well because it's too big for the small amount of spices used. 
  • A heavy-duty stone mortar and pestle is another great tool to have in the kitchen for a manual pounding method. 
  • Use high-quality spices or organic spices For the best results. Fresh spices are nearly impossible, but if you access a specialty store with spices, grab them there.
  • Enhance the freshness of your yellow curry powder by grinding whole spices just before use for better results in your recipes.
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Spices
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thai