Mixed Vegetable Curry


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped small
  • 2 green chili peppers, chopped small
  • 2 courgettes, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 average size potatoes, chopped
  • 10 button mushrooms
  • 1 average size carrot, sliced
  • salt

In a wok, heat the olive oil, then stir fry the garlic for 4-5 minutes. Add turmeric, cumin seeds, green chili peppers and coriander powder and mix well. Add the onion and continue cooking for about 2 minutes. When the onion turns light brown lower the heat and add the rest of the vegetables and some salt. Cook the food for about 15-20 minutes more. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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Thai Green Curry Beef


  • 1 pound beef, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1/4 pound Thai mini eggplants
  • 1/4 pound green beans
  • 6 kieffer lime leaves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fish juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh coriander

Ingredients for the green curry paste:

  • 5 green chili peppers
  • 20 green bird’s eye chili peppers
  • 10-15 garlic cloves, skinned, chopped
  • 3-4 shallots, chopped
  • 2-3 lemongrass, chopped
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh coriander
  • 2 tablespoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons shrimp paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder

Ingredients for the marinade:

  • 3-4 cups fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt

In a pot, mix the fish sauce with pepper, garlic, salt and sugar, then add the beef. Make sure the meat is completely covered by the liquid. Put it in the fridge and let it marinate for 4-5 hours minimum.

Put the green curry paste ingredients in the food processor and blend them until they turn into a fine paste.

In a bowl, mix the coconut milk with 2 cups of water.

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a wok. Stir fry the shallots with 2 tablespoons of the green curry paste. After one minute, add the coconut milk and bring it to a boil. Add the kieffer lime leaves, the eggplants and the green beans. Mix well and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Add the beef, the lemon rind, lime juice, brown sugar and fish sauce. Continue cooking for about 10-15 minutes or until the beef is tender. Sprinkle with coriander. Serve hot.

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Lamb Curry Madras


  • 2 pounds lamb shoulder, cut in 2 by 2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 3 dried red chili peppers
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, freshly grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 green chili peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 400 ml coconut milk

In a pan, roast the black peppercorns, coriander seeds, cloves, fenugreek and fennel seeds. Let them cool down, then grind them.

Fry the onion in olive oil for about 4-5 minutes. When it gets a bit brown on the edges add the garlic, the ginger and the green chilli peppers. Fry them for one minute, then add the lamb and some salt. Continue cooking until the lamb gets a nice brown color.

Add the ground spices and stir fry for a little bit more. Add the coconut milk and the tomatoes, then simmer for about two hours. The meat should be tender and the sauce thick and sticky. If you want, you can reduce the sauce on high heat in a separate pan. Serve the curry hot with grilled courgettes, rice or any other side dish of your choice.

From: Foolproof Indian Cookery by Madhur Jaffrey.

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Easy Chicken Curry Recipe


  • 1 free range chicken
  • 4-5 medium sized onions, peeled
  • 4-5 medium sized tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 ginger stick, peeled
  • 3-4 leaves fresh coriander
  • 4 tablespoons ghee
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4-5 green cardamoms
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons coriander powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt to taste

Clean the chicken, skin it and cut it into eight pieces on the bone. Grate or finely chop the onions. Grind ginger and garlic to a fine paste. Puree the tomatoes. Thoroughly wash and finely chop the coriander leaves.

Heat ghee in a thick-bottomed frying pan, then add cinnamon, green cardamoms and cloves. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Sauté the onion until it turns golden brown. Add ginger and garlic and continue to cook for a few more minutes. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder. Mix everything very well, add pureed tomatoes and stir. Continue cooking.

When oil separates from the masala, add the chicken pieces and salt to taste. Cook on high temperature for about five minutes. Add two cups of water, bring the food to a boil, cover the pan and cook at medium temperature for about 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is fully done. Sprinkle some garam masala powder and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot.

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