Recipes from French Guiana: Colombo Powder

Recipes from French Guiana

Colombo Powder

Country: French Guiana
Course: Spices
Makes: about 1 cup


  • 1/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1/4 cup cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup turmeric


  1. Toast the rice in a dry pan until it starts to turn a light golden color. Keep stirring so it doesn't burn.
  2. Transfer the rice to a bowl and let cool. Meanwhile, put your spices (except the turmeric) into the same dry pan and toast them until fragrant, stirring constantly. Let cool.
  3. Put the toasted rice and toasted spices into a grinder or a mortar and pestle and process to a fine powder. Add the turmeric.