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Lineup of the 20 spices used to make authentic Japanese curry powder.

Japanese Curry Powder

Japanese curry powder (カレー粉) is a blend of spices, herbs, and aromatics that is used to season a variety of Japanese dishes such as curry rice (カレーライス), curry udon(カレーうどん), and curry bread(カレーパン). This recipe comes from one of Japan's largest spice companies.
Course Condiments & Pickles
Cuisine Japanese-Western
Level Beginner
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Low-Carb, Pescatarian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Aging Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 8 minutes
Servings 110 grams of curry powder
Calories 3kcal


  • 20 grams turmeric
  • 14 grams cumin
  • 12 grams coriander
  • 10 grams mandarin orange peel
  • 5 grams fenugreek
  • 5 grams fennel
  • 4 grams cinnamon
  • 4 grams cayenne pepper
  • 3 grams garlic powder
  • 3 grams ginger powder
  • 3 grams dill
  • 2 grams allspice
  • 2 grams cardamom
  • 2 grams cloves
  • 2 grams star anise
  • 2 grams sage
  • 2 grams thyme
  • 2 grams nutmeg
  • 2 grams black pepper
  • 2 grams bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • If they aren't already in powder form, add the spices to a spice grinder and grind them into a powder.
  • Mix the spices in a bowl to evenly distribute everything.
    Blending Japanese curry powder in a glass bowl.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat and add the vegetable oil and spices. Toast the spices while constantly stirring until the oil is evenly distributed and the spices are very fragrant (about 2-3 minutes).
    Toasting curry powder in a frying pan.
  • Transfer the Japanese curry powder out of the pan to let it cool to room temperature. Store the curry powder in a sealed non-reactive container until you're ready to use it.
    Store curry powder in a non-reactive sealed container.


Serving: 5g | Calories: 3kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg