Basic curry sauce

    45 min

    This is a very versatile Indian curry sauce that can be served as a main course with meats and/or vegetables or as a sauce for dipping or to spice up veggie side dishes. It's great on a jacket potato.

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    Serves: 32 

    • 2 tablespoons groundnut oil
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 (3cm piece) fresh ginger, peeled and minced
    • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
    • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 2 red chillies, seeded
    • 30g fresh coriander leaves
    • 100ml cream
    • 750ml water

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Heat oil and butter in a small frying pan or wok over medium high heat. Add onion and saute until very brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
    2. Add ginger and garlic to onion and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Process onion, ginger, garlic mixture in food processor until smooth. Do not rinse food processor.
    3. Place onion mixture in a large saucepan. Stir in the cinnamon, black pepper, coriander, cumin, turmeric and cayenne pepper and cook over low heat until mixture is thick and has the consistency of a paste.
    4. Puree tomatoes, chillies and coriander in food processor until smooth. Add to onion mixture and stir well over low heat, cooking off moisture from tomatoes and coriander. Add cream a little bit at a time, stirring constantly to avoid curdling.
    5. Blend the whole mixture in food processor to puree it (for a very smooth sauce). Return to saucepan, add water and increase heat to high until sauce has heated through. Reduce heat and simmer until desired consistency is reached.
    6. To serve with meat, cook the meat first separately, then simmer for 5 to 10 minutes in the sauce before serving.

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    Altered ingredient amounts. I had no tomatoes so I used a tin of chopped tomatoes instead of the water  -  27 Jan 2010


    Altered ingredient amounts. I didn't do anything different from the recipe but in future would suggest less water and to add it a little at a time.  -  04 Aug 2009


     -  22 Nov 2010