Traditional madras sauce

Traditional madras sauce


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About this recipe: This traditional madras sauce can be added to any meat or vegetable to give an authentic madras dish.

Serves: 4 

  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 60g butter or ghee
  • 2 fresh chillies, seeded and chopped
  • 2 large white onions, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons salt
  • 500g passata
  • 250ml water

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. In a dry frying pan over a medium heat, toast the cumin and coriander seeds for 2 minutes, stirring often, until they start to smoke then remove from the heat. Set aside on a cool plate.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat then add chillies, onions, and garlic and fry for 6 to 8 minutes until they start to turn translucent.
  3. Add the cumin and coriander seeds along with the ginger and cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the powdered spices and salt and keep stirring to prevent it sticking and burning on the base of the pan. Pour in the passata and water then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Blend in a food processor or use a handheld liquidiser to blitz until smooth. Return to the pan if needed and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Serve hot.


Instead of the passata, you can substitute with 500g of chopped tomatoes.

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10/10 from my boyfriend. Thanks for sharing x - 08 Aug 2015

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