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Balti curry paste recipe

Find an easy balti curry paste recipe that can be used to make an easy Indian curry. This curry paste recipe is quick to make and has a fresh flavour. Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.



  • 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.