Balti curry paste


  • 5 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 3 tbsp powdered cumin
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 dried chilli or 2 fresh chilli (or if you must 1 tsp chilli powder)
  • 2 tsp mustard seed
  • 2 tsp fennel seed
  • 3 tsp cardamom seed
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seed
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp ginger powder


Place all above ingredients into a frypan over high heat, stir and toast for approx 1 minute.

Put into mortar and pestle and pound to release all fragrances – approx 3 minutes

Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 teaspoon white vinegar Pound for futher 3-5 minutes until a paste.


  • This may look like a lot of work with all these ingredients but it actually is pretty quick and the freshness of the spices beats a pre-made paste every time!
  • This recipe was created by Melissa Klemke for Kidspot, New Zealand’s best recipe finder.

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