Sri Lankan Chicken Curry Powder

Chicken curry is a regular item in many Sri Lankan meals. To get the rich curry flavour, several curry powders are used. Among these, chicken curry powder is a key ingredient for that authentic Sri Lankan taste.


  • Coriander seeds – 4 tablespoons
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tablespoons
  • Black pepper corns – 1 teaspoon
  • Fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Cardamom – 3 pods
  • Cloves – 3 pods
  • Cinnamon sticks – 1 inch piece
  • Star anise – 1/2


  1. Dry roast coriander, fennel seeds and cumin seeds until golden brown and fragrant. Use low heat, keep stirring and don’t let it burn.
  2. Remove to a plate and let the mix cool.
  3. Dry roast cardomom, cloves, black pepper corns, cinnamon and star anise until slightly brown and fragrant.
  4. After the mix cools, put all ingredients in a grinder and grind into a fine powder. The heat generated while grinding roasts the mix further. While grinding, open the lid periodically to let the steam escape.
  5. Sift to filter any ungrounded pieces and repeat until all the ingredients are ground into a fine powder.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

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