Curry Essentials

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Curry Essentials

Curry Essentials


Exotic ingredients, complex flavours, wonderful textures and hot hot spices – what isn’t to like about a curry?

Now, we’re not saying that restaurant curries aren’t great but sometimes the brightly coloured, generic sauces are only palatable after a night on the booze – yes there’s a place for everything and getting your laughing gear around a lamb vindaloo at 11.30pm on a Friday night after eight pints of premium larger is definitely up there with life’s best experiences.  But although the star of Bengal can undoubtedly give you a pleasant balti fix when you need one, the best curries are home cooked using fresh, vibrant ingredients and some tender loving care.

Here are some of the basic ingredients you’ll need in your home curry armoury as well as some great recipes for you to try at home.





  • Ground coriander
  • Ground cumin
  • Tumeric
  • Chilli powder
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom pods
  • Garam masala
  • Corriander seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • Paprika (smoked not sweet)
  • Saffron


Fresh Ingredients



  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Coriander
  • Chillies
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes


Other Useful Ingredients


  • Ginger and garlic paste
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • Natural yoghurt
  • Coconut milk
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Sultanas
  • Yeast
  • Almonds
  • Plain flour
  • Basmati rice


Pickles and Chutneys


  • Mango chutney
  • Lime pickle




And that is about all you need to conjure up a massive range of curries, breads and rice dishes.

Here is one of our favourite chicken curries that is full of vibrant fresh flavours and goes well with plain rice and naan bread:

Cumin Scented Chicken – a wonderfully fragrant chicken curry with authentic flavours

In the meantime check out some of these great accompaniments to the Cumin Scented Chicken.

Pilau Rice – lovely fluffy rice with a hint of saffron, cloves and cardamom

Naan Bread – fluffy, fragrant and a must have side dish to an indulgent curry feast

Tarka Dahl – vegetarian perfection and an authentic Indian taste sensation