Curry powder for meat based dishes

In addition to the regular all-purpose curry powder, this special blend curry powder is used for meat based dishes. At local grocery stores around Sri Lanka, one can buy little packets of ‘iraitchi sarakku’/ dried spices for meat curries.

Spices for meat dishes

This curry powder is used for chicken and other meat dishes as well as crabmeat and squid dishes.


  •  Fennel seeds – ½ cup
  • Cinnamon – 1 inch and thick
  • Cloves – 8 to 10
  • Cardamom – 6 to 8
  • Dried sathikkai/ nutmeg – 1
  • Dried kungumapoo/ dried saffron flower – 1 or 2


  1. Dry roast the ingredients lightly and then, grind the roasted ingredients into powder.
  2. Store the curry powder in an airtight container.
  3. This quantity of curry powder can be used for about 10 meat-based curries.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.


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