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Indian Food Recipes


(Indian curry sauce)

In Indian cooking, the sauce is called a masala. The recipe below is an everyday masala, suitable for meat or vegetables. Try using the quantities below as a starting point and then adjust them the next time to suit your palate. The masala should only take about 20 minutes to cook. It will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days and is perfect for freezing!

  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped or grated (optional)
  • 1" square fresh ginger finely chopped or grated (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala


1. In a heavy based pan warm the oil on a medium flame. Add the onions and cook until slightly brown, stirring regularly.

2. Add the garlic and ginger if using and all the spices except the garam masala and stir for a few seconds until the spices

start to release their lovely aromas, making sure not to burn the spices.

3. Add the tomatoes and stir.

4. Make sure to stir the masala often and cook until the oil splits from the sauce.

5. Put in the garam masala and stir in.

And ... there you have it your basic masala sauce!

Meat is not normally browned in Indian cooking, so all you need to do is add your favourite meat or vegetables to the masala and cook until the meat or vegetables are cooked through. Taste for seasoning and adjust to suit. You just need to add a bit of chilli powder to make it hotter! Serve with rice and a naan bread and you have a delicious meal.


 onions are an essential ingredient in Indian cateringcooked oniononion with spicesThe ready masala is the Indian base for most curries

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