Curry powder is a ground spice mixture that can include cinnamon, cloves, cumin and coriander, mustard seeds, black pepper, chilli, fenugreek and turmeric. Similar to garam masala (which is more popular in Northern Indian cuisine), the ingredients that go into curry powder vary depending on region and personal taste. It may also include nutmeg, curry leaves, fennel seeds, chilli, ginger, cardamom and asafoetida, to name a few. Curry powder comes in numerous varieties with its own unique blend of spices, so each will produce a distinctive character. Curry powder is added as a spice base to add flavour and aroma to Indian dishes, along with other spices. From mild yellow curries, to red hot ones, there'll be a curry powder that you can buy to suit the dish.