Spicy Curry Powder

Add fire to the exotic flavor…

Curry powder is already a deliciously exotic seasoning, full of fragrant (and flavorful) spices. There’s typically a warmth to most any curry powder recipe you use. This recipe, though, is here to turn up that heat just a little. A tablespoon of cayenne pepper is enough for most people looking for extra heat, but you could increase the spiciness even more by using a touch of hot paprika (instead of mild or generic), too. Use this not only for curries, but also in soups, salads, and dips.

Spicy Curry Powder

Spicy Curry Powder

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  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground fennel seed
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients and stir to combine.


If the tablespoon of cayenne pepper is not enough spice, you can use a portion of hot paprika instead of mild paprika. Start with one tablespoon of hot paprika to two of mild/generic.
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content.
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