- A mixture of ground spices used for making curry especially in the West. made from a selection of coriander seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, fenugreek seeds and chillies to produce varying degrees of hotness, all of which are dry-roasted, together with unroasted dried ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and cloves. There are many variations, e.g. Madras and West Indian curry powder. Rarely used in Indian cooking, but useful for those not wishing to stock individual spices.