Jamaican Curry Powder vs Indian Curry Powder

Yashasvi SaxenaJan 27 . 8 min read

Hey lovely people!

How’re you guys doing? I hope you guys loved the holidays and deeply hated the workload that has hit after. So have I. These chilly weekdays with absolutely nothing in the name of the sun have frozen the sh*t out of me. I hope if there were something that would run a sudden wave of HOTNESS within. Don’t you want it too??

Speaking of Hot, my Asian soul screams a word. A word that I bet none of you can even imagine living without taking at least once a day. 

This glazing hot word is ‘Curry’. Being an Indian, curries are something I can die for. 

Today my Curry-Lust made me do some research on curry powders. My taste buds called out to the chef in me to cook some chicken curry for my hungry, heat-deprived soul. So, while collecting the ingredients, I found a Jar. The jar was named ‘Curry Powder’ and was as taste deprived as my tasting senses. Thus, this process drew to towards some recipes that helped me embellish the chicken bones dying to be surrounded with something Hot and Spicy!

Okay okay, lemme cut the chase and tell you what I found and my agenda for today. I found 2 curry recipes. One of them was Indian and the other was Jamaican. Both of them, are fairly close to each other, yet different in many ways! 

Today, we’ll be talking about how to fabricate Indian Curry Powder and Jamaican Curry Powder from scratch. We’ll also be talking about this Jamaican Indian relationship in terms of Curry Powders. 

So, let us get started!

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Indian Curry Powder Recipe

Let us first talk about what gives Asian cuisines their authentic Asian hotness. So, are you ready to know how Garam Masala is made?


  • 2 tablespoon Coriander powder or 3 tablespoon Dry coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin powder or 1 ½ tbsp Dry cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cayenne or 2 large Dry whole paprika 
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked sweet paprika for color
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper powder or 10 corns Black peppercorns
  • 3 large Dry smoked paprika Sweet for color
  • ½ teaspoon Ginger powder or ½ teaspoon Ground ginger
  • Curry leaves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Fennel seeds
  • Fenugreek seeds


  • Take all the whole spices and dry roast them on a pan.
  • Take all the ground spices separately in a jar.
  • Now ground the roasted spices and mix them in the jar taken in the last step.
  • Close the jar lid and mix the mixture thoroughly.

Make sure to take an air-tight jar. This mixture can be used for up to 3 months without any fear of spoilage. 

Nutritional Information

Serving: 1tablespoon 

Calories: 23kcal 

Carbohydrates: 4g

Protein: 1g 

Fat: 1g 

Saturated Fat: 1g 

Sodium: 146mg 

Potassium: 114mg 

Fiber: 2g 

Sugar: 1g 

Vitamin A: 13IU 

Vitamin C: 1mg 

Calcium: 42mg 

Iron: 2mg

Pro Tip: 1. Do not over roast the whole spices or they’ll get bitter and spoil the overall aroma of the mixture.

2. To make a thick spicy and creamy curry mixture, mix the desired amount of curry powder with freshly extracted milk cream or ‘Malai’. This will add a smooth and creamy texture to your curry.

Jamaican Curry Powder Recipe

Also known as Caribbean Curry Powder due to the ingredients used, this Jamaican Curry Seasoning is one of its kind! An exotic blend of aromatic whole spices makes it one of the warmest spices you can opt to add to your recipes when you don’t want to diversify your spice selection. So, let us dive into this spicy journey!


  • 2 1/2 tablespoon turmeric ground
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds ground
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoon ginger ground
  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard seeds dry
  • 2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (you can use white pepper)
  • 1 whole clove dried, (use about 1/4 teaspoon ground)
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon scotch bonnet pepper or cayenne pepper




  • Toast all the spices on a pan at medium heat for10 minutes.
  • When the spices turn aromatic, turn off the flame and let them cool.
  • Now ground them and store them in an airtight container.

Though it is highly recommended that you toast your spices first and then grind them, if you want, you can skip the step and straightaway grind the spices.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 1serving 

Calories: 7.5kcal

Carbohydrates: 0.85g

Protein: 0.8g (2%)

Fat: 0.8g (1%)

Saturated Fat: 0.8g (5%)

Fiber: 0.8g (3%)

Vitamin A: 5.5IU

Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)

Calcium: 8.9mg (1%)

Iron: 1mg (6%)

Well, I just told you the recipes for one of the best curry powders. You can still make it the best Jamaican curry powder by making it your own! Wanna add some salt, some less smoke, or wanna make it piping hot- it’s all up to you! Experiment with all you want.

Jamaican Curry Powders - Buying Guide

Want to know how Jamaican Curry Powder tastes before trying your hands on the recipe? Need not worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of some of the Jamaican style curry powder brands you can lay your hands on!

  1. Nourcery Premium Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, 60gm (Jerk Spice Rub)
  2. Urban Platter Jamaican Jerk Shaker Jar, 80g

These products will help you in developing Jamaican taste and give you the urge to explore more of it! (thank me later ;) )

Jamaican And Indian- What's The Difference?

Although the difference in ingredients is evident, there’s a thing that differentiates the Indian variant of curry powder from the Jamaican one. This differentiating factor is the quantity of a specific ingredient used and the ratio of one ingredient used in proportion to the others. The extended hotness or aroma of each varies according to the specific regional ingredients used in the fabrication of these flavor bombs. This is what makes both of them one of a kind as well as incomparable in taste.

So, I hope to hear from you guys trying your hands on these flavorful Indian and hot Jamaican curry powder recipes. Until next time guys, see you soon.

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