Jul 27, 2011

How to make Kuzhambu Masala Podi/ Kuzhambu Milagai Thool/ All-purpose Curry Powder

This is a basic all-purpose curry powder used as a base in several South Indian curries and stir-fries. Every household has a different recipe and this recipe was passed on from my grandma to my mom. I have never tried making this powder since my mom never fails to replenish my masala podi stock each time I go home. This masala podi is usually prepared in bulk, by sun drying or dry roasting the spices and grinding them in mills. They can be stored in airtight containers for a few months.

This powder has several names in different households - curry powder, kuzhambu masaal podi, kuzhambu milagai thool, kuzhambu podi etc.

Dry red chillies - 1/2 kg
Coriander seeds - 1/2 kg
Cumin seeds/ Jeera - 1/4 kg
Whole black peppercorns - 100 gms


  1. Sun dry all the above mentioned spices for 2 days. Alternatively, you can dry roast the spices seperately for a few minutes until they turn fragrant.
  2. Grind all the ingredients together in a mill to get a fine powder. 
  3. You could also make this at home in small batches using a mixie, spice grinder or coffee grinder.
  4. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
  5. Use a teaspoon of this powder in all your favorite curries, stir-fries and sambar.


  1. Love this curry powder!!


  2. Hey thanks for that Curry Powder recipe Divya. It will be so good to make authentic curry powder like that. Thanks again

  3. Wonderful and useful post,thanks for the recipe...clicks are too gud.

  4. so sweet I was about to call my mom to ask this recipe...thanks for sharing dear....

  5. Homemade is always the best... Nice one...

  6. Very useful lovely curry powder. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I think nost of us would have tried this as we get stock from our Mom. Good one to share !!

  8. Hey curry powder is looking perfect soft,color.
    I do make this with small variation but never got this soft texture.

  9. Tempting color and could feel the fresh aroma of the powder.Nice.

  10. I have never used curry powder.. but have gone thru a lot of recipes using it.. Love the texture :)

  11. this is new to me.. i knw rasam powder, iddli powder and sambar powder. this looks delicious.. so we add this to all gravys?? and one help, can you tell me what is parippu podi and hw to make it?.. someone told me to make that and keep at home for my 1 1/2 yr old baby..bt no idea abt it.. :0

  12. wow that looks spicy and delicious to in anything I make :)

  13. Nice curry powder, superb click

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