The exotic flavor combination of Japanese curry powder could be all you need if you’re an enthusiastic food explorer! If you’re living out of Japan, chances are high that you would find it hard to get this spice blend. So, that’s why we thought of sharing an autheicJapanese curry powder recipe that you can easily put together at home!

This curry powder is not what you enjoy as typical curry powder, and it is worth the effort despite the long list of ingredients it calls for. But don’t worry– you can easily get all the required elements and put this together in no time! So, let’s whip up a fresh batch of Japanese curry powder!

Getting the recipe itself is not enough when there’s a lot more information waiting to be shared with you about this flavorful spice blend. Click here and refer to our post to learn all about Japanese curry powder and its ingredients!

A Simple Homemade Japanese Curry Powder Recipe Made From Scratch!

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SpiceRally’s version of Japanese curry powder is an aromatic and flavorful blend of roasted spices, herbs, and other ingredients. This authentic recipe brings the classic taste of Japanese curry to your curries, rice and noodle dishes, soups, and you name it!

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  • Spices & Herbs
  • 2 tbsp 2 Ground Turmeric. Buy This

  • 1 tbsp 1 Coriander seeds. Buy This

  • 1 tsp 1 Ground Cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp 1 Cumin seeds

  • 2 tsp 2 Fenugreek seeds

  • 1 tsp 1 Cloves

  • 7 pods 7 Green cardamom

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Fennel seeds

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Allspice berries

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Ground Nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Black peppercorns

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Ground Star anise

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Ground ginger

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Cayenne pepper powder

  • 1 tsp 1 Sweet Paprika powder

  • 1 1 Bay leaf

  • 1 tsp 1 Dried Thyme

  • 1 tsp 1 Dried Sage

  • Other ingredients
  • 2 tsp 2 Dried Orange peel powder

  • Equipment
  • 1 1 Spice grinder

  • 1 1 Saucepan

  • 1 1 Wooden Spatula

  • 1 1 Air-tight glass container

  • 1 1 Kitchen towel/ paper towel

  • 1 1 Mesh sieve


  • Keep the saucepan over medium-low flame and allow it to heat. Once the pan is heated, add your whole spices (coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek seeds, cardamom, cloves, allspice, black peppercorns, and the bay leaf).
  • Dry-roast these spices until they turn aromatic.
  • Remove from the pan and set them aside on a separate plate to cool down.
  • In the meantime, add the ground ingredients (turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, garlic powder, ground nutmeg, star anise, dried sage, dried thyme, and orange peel powder) to the hot pan while the flame is still switched off. Let these ground spices and herbs roast for a while with the help of the heat of the pan.
  • Then, wipe the jar of your grinder with a clean paper towel or a kitchen towel. Add all the ingredients to the grinder jar and grind everything together until very well incorporated.
  • Run the content through a fine mesh sieve and regrind if any large lumps are left. Add it back to the mixture and mix well.
  • Use immediately or store in an air-tight glass container until you need it.

Tasty Notes By SpiceRally

  • We have used only ½ a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in our recipe. But you can adjust that amount (increase or decrease) depending on your palate.
  • Feel free to use hot paprika or red chile powder instead of cayenne pepper, as per your preference.
  • It is better if you can find dried mandarin peel powder. But follow up with dried orange peel powder if that’s what you found.
  • Herbs like thyme and sage are optional, and you can skip them if you want.
  • We recommend not to skip roasting the spices since this process releases the volatile oils of these ingredients, intensifying the quality flavor of this spice blend.
  • Always store leftover curry powder in a well-sealed glass container. This way, you can keep this mixture fresh and flavorful for about one year.

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