Glossary - Seasonings

Curry powder


A blend of various spices used to make curry

What is curry powder?

Curry powder is a blend of different spices, used to cook curry easily. The blend primarily contains turmeric, coriander, cumin, and pepper, which are grounded into a powder, roasted, mixed, then aged. The contents may differ depending on the manufacturer.
Curry powder can be used in various Japanese fusion dishes such as dry curry (Japanese keema curry), curried pilaf, or curry doria (Japanese curry rice gratin). Also, you can use it to simply flavor meat or fish dishes. It can be used to make curry roux by cooking the curry powder together with flour in oil.

Curry powder is made by blending a number of seasonings.

Nutrition facts

Turmeric, the spice that gives curry powder the distinctive yellow color, is known to improve liver function and lower cholesterol.

How to storage: not to waste the seasoning

Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Refrigerate during hotter seasons.


Curry powder was invented in the United Kingdom in the 19th century, with the first domestic manufacturing in Japan starting in 1905. It was initially blended and sold by a pharmacy, as curry powder shared many ingredients with Chinese herbal medicines.

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