This curry powder seasoning is quick to throw together and will enahnce the flavor of any savory dish. Use it to flavor soups, sauces, stews, vegetables and even marinade. This spice mix is free from salt and sugar giving you more flexibility when preparing your meals.
Whenever I’m making a soup, stew or even a stir-fry, I always add in some of this homemade stock powder and it transforms my meals from bland to seriously delicious.
If you’d like to see how easy it is to throw all this together, check out my video where I walk you through the recipe step by step.
- Saves you a lot of time when you’re cooking. Avoids having to get out 10 different spices for each recipe.
- Saves you a lot of money. It is so much cheaper to make your own seasonings than to buy ready-made seasoning mixes.
- Salt-free. I don’t think it’s a good idea to use a spice blend that contains salt because the salt isn’t usually a good quality salt such as sea salt. If the salt is already added it usually won’t be in the correct proportions for the recipe meaning you might end up adding too much salt.
- Sugar-free. For the same reasons, it’s not great to use a seasoning blend that contains sugar because the type of sugar won’t be good quality. I prefer to add a more natural sweetener to my dishes such as maple syrup. But sometimes you don’t want to add any sweetener at all, and you won’t be able to avoid it if there is already sugar in your spice blend. If you increase the spiciness of the dish, you’ll always be increasing the sweetness if you use a spice blend that contains sugar.
- Vegan. Some seasonings contain milk powder, so it’s far better to make your own and be in control of all of the ingredients.
- Gluten-free. Some spice mixes contain a lot of fillers such as flour containing gluten, so it’s always better to make your own so you can avoid any ingredients you don’t want to eat.
- Make a larger quantity. When you buy seasoning from the store it usually comes in a very small jar, whereas when you make your own seasoning you can make as much as you like. For the seasonings that you use a lot, you can make a big jar of them. That means they’ll last months if not a year before you have to make the seasoning recipe again.
The Structure Of A Plant Based Plate
Each of the recipes I create fits into my Plant Plate System. This system incorporates 5 food groups into every meal.
The 5 food groups are 1) Plant Protein, 2), Leaves, Fruit, And Veg, 3) Aesthetic Additions, 4) Nutrient Packed Carbohydrates, and 5) Taste
This recipe adds flavor to any dish. It falls under the “Taste” category on the Plant Based Plate and is not a complete meal.
The diagram below helps you visually see how this element features on a Plant-Based Plate.
Ways To Use This Recipe
Here are some of my favorite ways to use my curry powder:
Here are the main ingredients in this recipe and substitutions you can use if you want to replace something:
- Ground coriander. Coriander is fragrant and also provides warmth to the seasoning mix. If you don’t have coriander, you can use oregano or dried basil instead.
- Fennel. This has a distinctive herby flavor that is essential for curry powder. If you do't have this you can use cumin and celery seeds.
- Fenugreek. This is one of the most important spices in this curry powder mix. If you don't have this you can use fennel seeds or ground fennel.
- Black pepper. Black pepper adds even more heat to the seasoning blend. If you don’t want to use it, leave it out and add more paprika.
- Yellow mustard. Mustard powder has a very unique taste, but if you don’t want to use mustard powder, you can replace it with chili powder.
- Chili powder. This is an essential ingredient to give the recipe a spicy kick. You can use any type of chili powder you like for this recipe. I love to use chipotle chili powder for an added smoky flavor. If you don’t like recipes too hot and spicy, you can always substitute some paprika for some of the chili powder.
- Ground turmeric. This gives a marvelous yellow hue to this seasoning mix as well as an earthy flavor. You can avoid this if you don’t have this.
- Ground bay leaf. If you don’t have bay leaf you can use thyme in its place.
- Ground ginger. Ginger gives a slight sweetness and also provides warmth and a spicy aroma. Its best if you can add ginger but if not leave it out or substitute with allspice or cinnamon, however they won’t provide the same warm bite.
- Garlic powder. Garlic powder gives a recipe a delicious sweet flavor. If you don’t have garlic powder, add more onion powder or paprika.
- Ground cinnamon. Cinnamon is my secret flavor in this dish. It adds a rich, warming flavor. If you don’t want to use cinnamon, add equal amounts of paprika instead.
The equipment that you’ll need for this recipe is:
- Jars. The size of jars that I used was 200ml/ 6 oz. If you have a different size jar that you want to use, see below for my instructions on changing the quantity of the recipe.
- Measuring Spoons. It is much faster to use measuring spoons than to weigh small quantities of spice. Measuring spoons are very cheap and as most recipes use them, it’s a good investment to make.
- Chalkboard Labels. I like to use chalkboard labels for my jars so that I can change the label if I change the contents of the jar. To remove the chalk from the label, just use soap and give them a little scrub with a cloth.
- Chalk Pens. I use chalk pens to write the name of my spice blends on the jar. Once you shake up the jars, the contents will be unrecognizable, so it’s important that you label each jar.
- Food Clips. When you are making your own spice mixes, you’ll end up with unused ingredients in bags. I like to clip these closed with a food clip.
- Coffee & Spice Grinder. Although I didn’t use a coffee grinder for this recipe, you may like to replace some of the ground ingredients with whole spices and grind them. Your spice blends will be much more flavorful if you grind your spices yourself. I just didn’t take the time to do this myself. However, I did use a coffee grinder to grind my onion and garlic powder that had solidified in the jars. If you don’t have a coffee grinder, you could also use a high-speed blender, a mini chopper, or a small food processor.
- Add all of the ingredients straight into your jar.
- Shake your jar until combined. Or you can use a mini whisk or fork to stir the contents inside the jar.
The best way to make this recipe is to use a jar that you already have.
Here’s how to calculate changing the quantity of the individual ingredients for the size of your jar.
Here’s the calculation you’ll need to use.
Measurement of ingredient / 200 X size of your jar in ml.
For example, if you have a 150ml jar and you are trying to change the quantity of 2 tablespoons of spice, the calculation would be as follows:
2 divided by 200 multiplied by 150 = 1.5.
That would mean that you would need to use 1.5 tablespoons instead of 2 tablespoons of a particular ingredient if you were using a 150ml jar.
How Much Seasoning To Add To A Recipe
I would start by adding 1 tablespoon to a recipe that served 4 and then increase the quantity to suit your own tastebuds.
If you are making a recipe that serves 1, start by adding just less than 1 teaspoon of seasoning to your recipe.
How To Make A Single Serving Of This Recipe
If you’re not ready to make a big batch of this seasoning mix, and you want to make enough spice blend for just 1 recipe that serves 4, here are the quantities you’ll need to use:
- 2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 2 teaspoon fennel
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ¼ teaspoon fenugreek
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon yellow mustard
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- Pinch ground bay leaf
- Pinch ground ginger
- Pinch garlic powder
- Pinch ground cinnamon
Ground spices start to lose their potency after 6 months. However, when you buy ground spices, you don’t know how long they’ve already been on the shelves.
Personally, I would keep these spices as long as they still looked and smelled OK to me.
Quick Homemade Curry Powder Substitute Recipe (No Salt)
- Measuring Spoons
- 2 Tablespoon Ground Coriander
- 2 Tablespoon Fennel
- 4 Teaspoon Cumin
- 2 Teaspoon Fenugreek
- 2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 2 Teaspoon Yellow Mustard
- 2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
- 2 Teaspoon Ground Turmeric
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Bay Leaf
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- Add all of the ingredients to a 200ml spice jar.
- Shake the jar to combine or stir using a fork.
How Much Seasoning To Add To A RecipeI would start by adding 1 tablespoon to a recipe that served 4 and then increase the quantity to suit your own tastebuds. If you are making a recipe that serves 1, start by adding just less than 1 teaspoon of seasoning to your recipe.
How To Make A Single Serving Of This RecipeIf you’re not ready to make a big batch of this seasoning mix, and you want to make enough spice blend for just 1 recipe that serves 4, here are the quantities you’ll need to use:
Other Homemade Seasoning Recipes
Here are some more of my favorite homemade seasoning recipes:
- Vegan Stock Powder (Gluten Free, No Salt, No Sugar, 2 Minutes)
- Burger Seasoning Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free, No Salt, No Sugar, 2 Minutes)
- Sausage Seasoning Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free, No Salt, No Sugar, 2 Minutes)
- Ranch Seasoning Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free, No Salt, No Sugar, 2 Minutes)
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