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Thai Curry Powder (Phong Karii)

Today, I’m teaching you how to make your own curry powder.

Thai Curry Powder | #recipeWhy? Because a) it’s super easy, and b) it tastes so much better than the stuff you get on your grocery store spice aisle—fresher, too! Plus, look at that color; It’s so vibrant!

I have always loved Thai food, but until recently, I didn’t have a ton of experience preparing it myself. Lately, however, I have become totally obsessed with a cookbook I’ve had for years (but never used until now), The Food of Thailand. That’s where this curry powder (called “Phong Karii” in Thai) recipe comes from, along with a few other recipes you’ll see coming up!

You guys know how I get…I become totally obsessed with something and have to make 3287659 related things…like with pumpkin…or lavender…or that Mexican kick I had in February. Soooo, Thai is the new “thing.”

You can use this anywhere you would use store-bought curry powder, obviously. The recipe makes a quite a bit, but I just store mine in a 1/2-pint mason jar in my spice cabinet to use as I please.

Thai Curry Powder | #recipe Thai Curry Powder | #recipe

Thai Curry Powder (Phong Karii)

Yield: enough to fill a 1/2-pint container


  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp white peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • 3 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 3 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • seeds from 8 cardamom pods
  • 3 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 3 tbsp ground turmeric


  1. One at a time, in a small sauté pan, dry roast the peppercorns, cloves, coriander, cumin, fennel, and cardamom seeds over low heat until fragrant.
  2. Place all of the ingredients in a spice grinder, or high-powdered blender and grind into a powder.
  3. Store in a sealed container.


Thai Curry Powder | #recipe

Why don’t you try using your homemade curry powder in one of these recipes?

Warm Tomato Soup with Coconut Cream and Lemon-Tyme-Rosemary Oil:

Warm Tomato Soup with Coconut Cream and Lemon-Thyme-Rosemary OilCurried Pumpkin Lentil Soup:

Curried Pumpkin Lentil Soup


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