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Lelani Lewis’s Caribbean Curry Powder

By The Editors

Published February 21, 2024

Caribbean curry powders differ from Indian ones by the use of allspice and nutmeg, thus forming a perfect marriage between the two cuisines. This is my version. —Lelani Lewis

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Lelani Lewis shared this recipe when she joined us on Food with Mark Bittman. Note that you’ll need a coffee or spice grinder or a mortar and pestle, and a small container or jar.


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Lelani Lewis’s Caribbean Curry Powder

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Makes approximately 3 1/2 ounces (100 grams) 1x




  1. Toast all whole spices in a dry frying pan over medium heat. Once the spices have filled the air with their fragrance, add the ground spices and mix well.
  2. Grind everything finely in a coffee or spice grinder or mortar and pestle.
  3. Store in an airtight container or jar. Discard if it no longer gives off any aroma, typically after about 3 months.

—Recipe from Code Noir: Afro-Caribbean Stories and Recipes