Vietnamese-Style Curry Powder

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  • Makes about

    ½ cup

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Appears in

Southeast Asian Flavors: Adventures in Cooking the Foods of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia & Singapore

Southeast Asian Flavors

By Robert Danhi

Published 2008

  • About

Vietnamese curry powder is the only one to include powdered annatto seeds, which lend a reddish hue to foods cooked with it. Sweet hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves harmonize with a dominant presence of coriander. Vietnamese curry powder is much higher in this lemony, floral spice than Indian style curry powders. Note the absence of cumin, a spice that the Vietnamese have not embraced fully.


  • 5 Tbsp. Ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground paprika
  • 1 tsp. Ground dried hot red chilies
  • 3 Tbsp. Ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Ground anise seed
  • tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • tsp. Ground nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp. Ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. Ground annatto


  1. Blend all ingredients well in mortar, blender or minifood processor. Make sure to grind spices together for at least a minute.