Ingredients: How to Make Malay Curry Powder

While India does not have a “curry powder”, it does have a range of masalas and podis that are used in specific ways or with specific dishes. For example, chole masala, chaat masala and garam masala.

Not so in the Indian community of Malaysia. Influenced by Malaysian cuisine, curry powder is a common staple in Indian homes in that country.

You can usually purchase Malay Curry Powder in Indian groceries, at least that is the case in Australia. But if you prefer home made, here is one version. Enjoy!

Similar recipes include Madras Curry Powder, and Kerala Spice Mix.

You might like to explore our Malaysian recipes here, and our Spice collection is here. Browse all of our curry spice mixes, our Indian recipes, and our Indian Essentials.


Making Curry Powder

Malaysian Curry Powder

Roast the following spices
6 tspn coriander seeds
2 tspn fennel seed1 tspn fenugreek seed
2 tspn cumin seeds
2 tspn black pepper corns
2 tspn raw rice
2 cloves
0.5 star anise
2.5 cm piece cinnamon stick
0.25 tspn cardamom seeds
2 tspn Indian chilli powder
4 small dried red chillies
3 – 4 curry leaves

Mix the spices together, allow to cool, and grind to a powder.

When the above spices are powdered, add
2 tspn turmeric powder.

Malaysian Curry Powder


recipe notes and alternatives
You can also include turmeric.









  1. Archana says:

    Looks great. Can’t wait to try making this curry powder and try some malaysian recipes.

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  2. smoothmoose says:

    Good recipe, but I feel like you need 3-4 tsp of tumeric to really get the nice yellow color.


    1. Ganga108 says:

      Yes, of course. Feel free to add, say, 2 tspn. You can add more, but keep in mind that too much will give a bitter taste.


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