These easy homemade curry recipes are simple enough to make at home and just as good as ordering a takeaway! Homemade curries are also far healthier as well as cheaper!
If you are a regular reader of Searching for Spice you'll probably guess that my my favourite meals are curries. I could happily eat curry a few times a week and not get bored. I'm not even a snob about it. I am happy to eat ready meals, takeaways and of course homemade curries.
Are homemade curries easy to make?
Some people may think curries are hard to make. I'm telling you, they're not. A simple homemade curry is one of the easiest dinner recipes you can make! Some curry recipes have huge lists of ingredients and may be intimidating but you don't have to start there. You can make a good homemade curry from scratch without having to buy too many ingredients!
Of course, if you start to like making curries from scratch then you may find you soon want to buy more spices!
What are the basic spices you need to start making curries from scratch?
If you really don't want to buy lots of spices then just buy a good curry powder to start with. When you want to make more curries then you might also need turmeric, cumin, coriander and garam masala for a mild Indian curry.
Next I would add cardamom pods, cinnamon, cloves and cayenne pepper.
Do you have to make a curry paste?
Curries made without a curry paste can be just as tasty so don't feel you have to make a paste. However, curry pastes help to make the curry sauce thicker. Curries made without a paste can be thinner and more like stews, like this Mauritian chicken daube.
I like to make a curry paste by blending onions, garlic cloves and fresh root ginger. You can buy jars of garlic and ginger paste and these are a great option if you don't have a blender or don't want to get it out just for a quick midweek meal.
If you want to try and make a more complex curry paste then do check out these curry paste recipes.
How to make a basic homemade curry?
For a super simple curry recipe, just follow these steps:
- Heat a little oil in a pan then add some chopped onion. Fry gently for 5 minutes till softened but not browned.
- Add a spoonful of ginger and garlic paste, a finely diced chilli pepper and a teaspoon each of cumin, coriander and garam masala.
- Stir and cook gently for a minute and then add some diced chicken.
- Cook for a couple of minutes and then add a tin of chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil and then lower the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
This curry is super simple and easy to adapt. You can make it vegetarian by adding veggies and chickpeas instead of chicken.
Can you make these easy homemade curry recipes in advance?
Curries are great recipes to make ahead. How often have you heard people say that curries taste even better the next day? The flavours get better over time and so they are perfect recipes to meal prep. I like to cook these curries in batches and then keep the leftovers in the fridge until the next day or freeze them.
Make sure you cover the curries and put them in the fridge as soon as possible after they are cooked. They will keep for at least 2 days in the fridge. If you are freezing them then put them in freezer bags or freezer proof containers. Defrost thoroughly and then reheat until piping hot before serving.
My Favourite Easy Homemade Curry Recipes
I've got delicious recipes for chicken, lamb and vegetarian curries. All of them are pretty easy to prepare and of course the leftovers are delicious the next day too!
North Indian Chicken Curry
This North Indian chicken curry is a really simple curry that is so simple to make. You don't need to make a curry paste but it is a little more complex than the basic chicken curry recipe above. I often make this curry as a simple midweek meal as the hands on time is very short.
This curry is taken from Jamie's book, Happy Days with the Naked Chef. I first made it years ago and it is a good simple curry. Is it Jamie's favourite? Who knows but if you're looking for a simple chicken curry recipe then it is perfect.
Simple Dairy Free Chicken Curry
If you like mild coconut curries then this simple dairy free chicken curry is a great one to try. It's the curry I would make for people who really don't like spicy food as it contains no chillies! But, don't worry, you can add some to spice it up. When I make this curry for my family I serve some freshly sliced chilli peppers on the side for those who like a bit more heat!
Chicken Makhani, also known as Butter Chicken
Another deliciously creamy although not quite so healthy homemade curry is this chicken makhani (butter chicken). It's got double cream in but it still way healthier than a bought curry! It's the perfect comfort food curry recipe.
Chicken Curry with Pickling Spices
This chicken curry with pickling spices is beautifully flavoured with mustard, fenugreek, fennel, caraway and nigella seeds. It's a little different but so tasty and it's also a really quick curry to make too. It can be on the table in little over half an hour!
More Easy Homemade Curry Recipes with Chicken
If you love strong flavours of vinegar and tamarind in a curry then try this red Goan chicken curry! It's vibrant and punchy and definitely a favourite in our house.
If you want a change from Indian style curries then this Chinese chicken curry is a great fakeaway curry option. It's a super easy curry to make and only takes 35 minutes.
For a Caribbean flavour then this chicken and callaloo curry is definitely worth trying. If you can't get callaloo then just replace it with spinach.
Another delicious option with lots of veggies in as well is this Thai inspired chicken curry. I love the flavours and really need to remake it soon! If you like curries with potatoes in as well then this Thai chicken and potato curry is also delicious.
And for a taste of Japan then this chicken katsu curry is so deliciously tempting. My family love the crispy chicken in the Katsu curry sauce.
For a combination of Thai and Indian flavours in one dish then this Burmese chicken curry is one to make! It's slightly different but so tasty.
Easy Homemade Lamb Curries
Although I love lamb curries I don't have quite so many homemade lamb curries to share with you. A lamb curry definitely benefits from being cooked slowly so the lamb is really tender and really soaks up all the flavours.
Lamb Saag (lamb and spinach curry)
This lamb saag may take over three hours to be ready but the hands on time really isn't very long. Like all curries, the leftovers are absolutely delicious too so it really is worth making a big batch.
Lamb Meatball Curry with Coconut Gravy
This lamb meatball curry with coconut gravy is absolutely delicious! If you have never thought to make a curry with meatballs in then why not? The meatballs are amazing and my children ate it too!
More Easy Homemade Curry Recipes with lamb
If you're looking for a classic homemade curry recipe then why not try my lamb rogan josh? It's really tasty and healthy too!
Easy Homemade Vegetarian curries
Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry
Chickpeas are great in curries and this gluten free butternut squash, spinach and chickpea curry is simple to make and full of flavours and textures. It's a really healthy vegan curry and you can easily adapt it to use different vegetables.
Nutty Roasted Romanesco Curry
One of my personal favourite vegetarian curries is this nutty roasted romanesco curry. If you can't get your hands on a romanesco then just use cauliflower instead.
More Vegetarian Curries
This stuffed aubergine curry is deliciously nutty and a real treat of a vegetarian meal!
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