Sri Lankan Unroasted Curry Powder

Preparation info
  • Makes


    small pot
    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      10 min

Appears in
Chilli & Mint: Indian Home Cooking from A British Kitchen

By Torie True

Published 2021

  • About

Known as Thuna-Paha (three or five) in Sinhalese, unroasted or raw curry powder is commonly found in vegetarian dishes or dals in Sri Lanka. I tend to stick with three spices, but if you want to add two more to make the five, include a couple of curry leaves and a small cinnamon stick.


  • 6 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 tsp


  1. In a dry frying pan without any oil, roast all the ingredients on a low heat, moving them around the pan for 1 minute to release their fragrance and remove any moisture.
  2. Transfer the spice mixture to a bowl and leave to cool, then place in a spice grinder and grind to a fine powder.
  3. Store the powder in a sealed container in a cool dark place for up to