For all Baba's Meat Curry Powder lovers here is how you can VERY simply make it at home for that same delicious flavour. Bonus points for its negligible carbs per serve.
Mad Creations Malaysian Meat Curry Powder

Our Malaysian Meat Curry Powder is the easiest substitute for a Baba’s Meat Curry Powder without even leaving home to find it!

With more and more beautiful Indian market and supply stores closing down around us I felt the need to make my own.

This spice mix is a perfect copycat Baba’s meat curry powder that is super simple. Plus you possibly have all the ingredients in your pantry right now.

All great curries start with an amazing spice blend.

This low carb curry recipe will be one you can put together in no time and even adjust for a spicier or mild curry of your very own.

I genuinely love creating my own spice blends. It is just so easy and so much cheaper than buying them.

curry soup in a bowl

Malaysian Meat Curry Powder Ingredients

As I mentioned above most of the ingredients are probably in your pantry right now!

A Malaysian meat curry powder actually uses many spices we use in loads of other Indian dishes, as well as our low carb savoury recipes.

While I do use whole cloves, pods, peppercorns etc you can use ground spices. I just find the spice itself and the aroma from freshly toasted and ground spices is worth using whole spices.

When I toast the spices it actually gets me even more excited about what I am making and what the meal will be like. Just like being transported to another country. 😂 

Here is all you need to make our Malaysian meat curry powder. Whole cloves, cardamom pods (I use green), black and white peppercorns.

A cinnamon stick (you can substitute ground cinnamon), whole star anise, dried bay leaf, whole dried chillies (use what you love; I use cayenne) or substitute ground Kashmiri chili powder.

Plus coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, ground turmeric, fresh grated nutmeg.

You should know by now I am a big advocate of fresh grated nutmeg. Ground does not compare.

The ingredients for a curry

How to Use Malaysian Meat Curry Powder

The Malaysian meat curry powder can be used in loads of curry recipes. Recipes like Tikka Masala, Curried Pumpkin Soup, Bhuna Gosht, good old Curried Snags (sausages) Biryani and more.

If you do have a few of my cookbooks you will find I use a lot of spices in my keto curry recipes.

This keto spice mix is one that you could easily use in many keto curry recipes to add extra flavour.

When I cook any curries I mostly use taste as my only measure. Add any extra spice or seasoning as you need and then every meal will be amazing.

Chicken Tikka with Hemp Naan

Love a Good Curry Recipe?

I am a bit of a curry fan and I am guessing you are too. If you are looking for some great keto curry recipes then check out my list of favourites.

  1. Low Carb Keto Butter Chicken
  2. Saffron Chicken Korma
  3. Red Curry Chicken – Chiang Mai
  4. Thai Panang Chicken Curry
  5. Massaman Chicken Curry
close up of a bowl of butter chicken

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Mad Creations Malaysian Meat Curry Powder
Mad Creations Malaysian Meat Curry Powder

Malaysian Meat Curry Powder

For all Baba’s Meat Curry Powder lovers here is how you can VERY simply make it at home for that same delicious flavour. Bonus points for its negligible carbs per serve.
4.99 from 71 votes!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Course: Spice
Cuisine: Indian
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 11kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 10 serves
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  • 10 (10) whole cloves
  • 4 (4) cardamom pods split
  • 6 (6) whole black peppercorns
  • 4 (4) white peppercorns or 1⁄2 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 1 (1) cinnamon stick
  • 1 (1) whole star anise
  • 1 (1) dried bay leaf
  • 3 (3) whole dried red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) ground turmeric
  • ½ (½) teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg



  • Lightly toast whole cloves, cardamom, black and white peppercorns over medium heat until fragrant. Remove and reserve.
  • Dry fry cinnamon stick, star anise, bay leaf, and chillies until fragrant. Remove from heat and add to other reserved spices.
  • Fry coriander seeds until fragrant and add to other spices.
  • Add remaining ingredients and cook until fragrant.
  • Blend all spices in blender or grind in mortar and pestle.


  • Place whole cloves, cardamom, black and white peppercorns, cinnamon, star anise, bay leaf, and chillies into mixing bowl. Heat 8 minutes/100°C/reverse/speed 1. Remove and reserve.
  • Add remaining ingredients and heat 3 minutes/100°C/speed 1/reverse.
  • Return all spices to bowl and mill 30 seconds/speed 10.


  1. Store in airtight container for up to 60 days. Beyond this the flavour mellows.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1g | Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 1g
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12 responses to “Malaysian Meat Curry Powder”

  1. Amy Liu Dong

    5 stars
    This is so easy and I will definitely make this spice at home!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub


  2. Lea

    Hello!! Thank you for this beautiful recipe! I am wondering how many cardamom seeds I should use because I don’t have the green cardamom pods ??

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I would use about 1/4 teaspoon of them

  3. M

    Is it black or green cardamom

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Sorry it is green pods.

  4. Shela

    This amount of curry powder can be used how many times for making curry for 4 people.

  5. Willie Kwa

    5 stars
    How to measure ground powder form of all the ingredients of the Malaysian Meat Curry Powder?

  6. Medworldis

    I was unable to find whole cardamom pods, but was able to find ground cardamom. how much of the ground cardamom can I substitute for the 4 whole cardamom pods?

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Just use around 1/2 teaspoon

  7. Cindy

    This probably seems strange but my daughter is allergic to coriander and tumeric and I miss making curry, I’m wondering how much different this recipe would be if I leave those 2 ingredients out so we can still make a curry??

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Absolutely Cindy and it was still be delicious and fragrant. You could add some fenugreek leaves if you can find them as well.

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