Iraqi Curry Powder

Total Time
8 mins
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Many Iraqi recipes call for curry powder and this is the way I make it. An example of a recipe I use this in often is Layered Carrots and Rice – Jizer M’tubuq. It is best to buy whole spices and grind them yourself. You can see this recipe made here in this cute video on Youtube, Modified from a recipe found on I think I cut down the cayenne pepper powder even more as we do not like heat. Feel free to do that also. It is still flavourful.

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  • 4 tablespoons freshly ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 1 12-2 tablespoons ground cayenne pepper (See introduction if you want to use less)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (I think this is mainly for colour, I like to add it)


  1. Blend together as many freshly ground spices in the ingredients list as you can get and mix with the rest of them pre-ground.
  2. Taste and if you like and add more cayenne depending how spicy you like it.
  3. Enjoy in an Iraqi recipe calling for curry powder.