Mild Homemade Curry Powder

Do you love curry recipes as much as we do? This Homemade Curry Powder is mild enough even for kids. It's the perfect fragrant addition to soups, salads, main dishes, and more.

homemade curry powder in glass jar

Do you (like me) just like making your own homemade seasoning blends to save time and money (no more scurrying off to the store to get something you could just make yourself)?

For years, we used a certain brand's mild curry powder and we loved it, but I decided to try my hand at making my own mild homemade curry powder recipe.

Well, one morning, with a bit of trepidation, I did a blind taste test using my family as the judges, and the result was 100% unanimous.  My blend won over the ever popular brand that we have been using for oh, about 6 years now.

And it is a LOT cheaper.  Yippee!

ingredients for making homemade curry powder

I've meant to post my Mild Homemade Curry Powder recipe for awhile now, but at the request of a reader (she said she was desperate for the recipe  - a "curry emergency", so to speak :-)), I decided to interrupt our fall pumpkin recipe baking extravaganza to share this Sweet Curry Powder Recipe.

This homemade curry powder is perfect for use in my Pakistani Kima (my most requested recipe), this Butternut Squash Pear Soup, in this Chicken Thigh Curry.

I recommend making your own Homemade Seasoning Blends for a number of reasons.  But curry powder is an especially great blend to make on your own since you can really control the amount of heat in there.

A lot of curries are just plain too spicy for children, but this curry powder recipe is not.

And if you feel you must, just cut the cayenne in half or leave it out altogether.

homemade curry powder ingredients in mortar

But I don't think you'll have to since we've never had a complaint about the "heat" of this blend, even from those who are a "neko jita" (cat's tongue, in Japanese).

In Japan, they call those with tongues that are sensitive to heat, "neko jita". "Neko" means "cat" and jita is "shita" for "tongue" that becomes "jita" in this linguistic combination.

I lived in Japan for a year and had a lot of contact with the Japanese community after living overseas, and certain phrases just have to be employed, even when writing in English :).

What You Will Need for this Homemade Curry Powder:

Recipe Substitution for this Curry Powder Recipe

More Homemade Seasoning Blends You Will Love:

- Taco Seasoning
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Chat Masala (a wonderful "goes-with-everything" Indian blend)
- All-Purpose Seasoning (Vegetable Broth Blend) and a pretty special way to use it!

homemade curry powder in glass jar
homemade curry powder in glass jar

Mild Curry Powder

If you love curry, you'll love this Homemade Curry Powder. It's a mild curry powder that even kids will love. Great for all kinds of dishes.
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Course: Dressings, Seasonings, etc.
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, THM:S, Vegan, whole30
Keyword: curry powder recipe
Servings: 12 tsp
Calories: 5kcal



  • Place all ingredients (all are ground spices) in a bowl.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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Well, you are now ready with a wonderfully tasty Do It Yourself Sweet Curry Powder.  I can't wait to hear how you like it!  Please do share!

Do you have a favorite recipe to share that uses curry powder?

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  1. I will try this since I just ran out of my favorite Penzey's Sweet Curry powder and the other brand I can get locally is a bit too hot for my taste. I had been making a lot of Forbidden City Chicken (it also works with pork), which the fam voted as the new favorite way of having baked chicken. (it is like a cross between curry and teriyaki)

  2. OMG! What good timing! I saw this recipe and thought "How weird is that? I am using curry powder in tonight's dinner!" Then I went to my cupboard and I was out of curry! I wasn't about to driving into town just to buy a bottle, and I didn't want to change the menu. I didn't have a few of the spices your recipe calls for so I decided to just experiment with what I have. It may not be curry, but it still smells good. At least dinner won't be bland. Thank you for saving dinner!

  3. Thanks, I used this powder last night and I'm making more to stock up today! I'm new to cooking and it was so empowering to be able to make a concoction like this on my own! I used it to make the Pakistani Kima, and it was awesome

    1. That's great! I know what you mean about empowering! Try the Moroccan Carrots next - if you haven't already :)!

  4. So excited to start making my own spices. Did not know all these spices were made up of others (curry, allspice, chili powder)!

    I *love* curry and recently noticed that some curry I'd bought bulk did not have nearly the same strong delicious smell that I love, and now reading your post about this being a more mild curry, I'm wondering if that's what's "wrong" with it. If that's the case, how would you recommend making this stronger? The curry I love I have never noticed as being particularly hot - so don't think it would be a matter of increasing the peppers.

        1. Did you try this one? I really like the flavor. It just is a nice curry flavor but not too hot for kiddos and others who don't like the heat.

  5. I still have not figured it out.

    I see tsp for nine of the ingredients.
    I see t for the rest.

    Are they all for teaspoons?
    Used to tsp for teaspoon
    Tbs for tablespoon
    Please help!
    Cannot wrap my old brain around this :o)

    1. Hi Amy. "t" is the same as tsp - but I have changed it to make it all the same. Sorry about that! 🙂

  6. I too could not figure out what the t meant until I got all the way to the bottom of this page and saw Danielle's post. If there were T's, then I would have guessed that t meant teaspoon and T meant tablespoon, but I didn't see any T's.

  7. When you have the "t" for the measurements, what does it mean? Tablespoon or teaspoon? I've used your mix recipe before and wow it was good, just need to figure how to keep the "gravy" thick at the end of the cooking time.

  8. Nice fun to make curry. The beauty is having control over the curry. I like mine a little hotter, so in goes more cayenne. Also made the Pakistani Kima using ground turkey. Very tasty, especially with the Chat Masala. Thanks!

    1. So glad you liked it :-). I was just over at a friend's house who was cooking the Kima adapted for allergies (no tomatoes for their littlest one) and w/ mixed veggies instead of peas and potatoes. Not nearly as pretty but it sure smelled good :-)!

  9. Such a perfect blend! I'm spotlighting your post on my Facebook page today.

    Thanks again for bringing your talent to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17!


  10. Wow I LOVE your Pakistani curry recipe (I've made it twice already and each time with plenty for leftovers...yum!!) but I'm sure I would love this homemade curry powder much more than the kind I found in the store. I'm a big baby with spices, so the milder the better! Thanks for sharing with Sunday School. 🙂

    1. Hi Emily! I am so glad you like the curry recipe! I'll see you around a lot more hopefully! Take good care, ~Adrienne

  11. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures' Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    I don't use curry often, but I would love to make my own.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂

  12. Thank you for sharing this very useful post with the Hearth and Soul hop. I love the idea of making my own curry powder!

  13. Adrienne,
    Your photo is just beautiful and I can almost smell the wonderful aroma of all those spices. This is a great post. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon.
    Miz Helen

    1. Sorry I can't take credit for that photo - the source is at the end of my post. Ah well. Most of the photos on my site are mine at least :-).

  14. Hi, I found you via Allergy Friendly Friday, this is a great idea - we love curry powder, especially for making roast curry chickpeas. 🙂

    1. I love roasted chickpeas! I don't think I've ever put curry on them though - nice idea especially now that it's getting cooler!

  15. I can't remember ever eating anything with curry in it until a month or so ago when we tried a new Chinese restaurant. I ordered some Curry Chicken and LOVED it! So much so that I looked up a few recipes and have loved them also.

    I'm going to try your recipe and check out your other ones. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Vicki, if you have any curry recipes that are winners, I would sure love them! I need to expand my repertoire!

  16. Sounds great (I love curry) and I love your sweetener tips, too--thanks for adding them to WW. Would you please also add backlinks to both posts? Thanks! 🙂

    1. Hi Ricki! We love curry so much. We've had a late start on the day so my assistant (son) will be getting on those backlinks soon. Have a great weekend. I hope to be in touch more :-).