You can certainly buy an already-made curry powder. But if you’d like to experiment with your spices, it’s simple. Here’s my personal favorite version of homemade curry powder. This makes about a teaspoon – adjust if you need more:
pinch fennel seeds
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp chili powder
When you include this in recipes, feel free to add some dried chili peppers to kick up the heat.
Most of the spices in the above photo came from Queens, N.Y. — an excellent place to shop for curry-makings. The best stores, of course, are in Jackson Heights, but even little corner shops in other neighborhoods will be well-stocked. That big container of coriander, for instance, came from a little store under the elevated tracks near Sunnyside.