Most people won’t bother making their own sauces. When you can buy fantastic ones from even Aldi then why bother? It brings me extreme pleasure to make a meal from scratch and as a food obsessive I like to perfectly tailor my meals to exactly the way I like it. I have always made my own sauces from scratch, once you get the hang of cooking the onions right, the rest is so simple!
Tonight I made a very simple curry. I believe anyone could make a curry from scratch, so why not give it a go.
This is all you need:
Coriander paste, coconut milk, garam masala powder, garlic puree, tomato puree, spice mix, stock cube. Also a finely chopped onion and some diced chicken (or whatever meat/veg you like).
I use a curry spice mix, but any curry paste or your own blend of spices are fine.
2. I like to chop my onion in very fine C shapes so you get stringy bits- see photo below. You do this by cutting the onion straight down the middle through the hairy parts and then cutting off the top part, then peel. Then lie them down on the chopping board with the flesh part down and cut very thin slices so you get lots of semicircles. These will break into very thin strips in the pan when you start to move it.
3. Put the onions in the pan with a little oil and some butter, both of these together stop the onions from burning. Also add salt which releases the water from the onions, helping them cook better. Cook them very very slowly on a very low heat. When they are very soft, stringy and slightly golden add garlic paste and tomato puree. Stir in and add your curry paste or spice mix.
4. Stir in at a low temperature so the spices don’t burn and then add a mug of stock. Let this boil a little and then add the meat or vegetable.
5. Add your coconut milk and a squeeze of coriander paste or lime juice. Let this simmer until it is as thick as you want. I chopped up 2 fresh red chillies and added them towards the end. If you want it extra coconutty, add some desicated coconut! Taste all the way through and add salt and sugar until it is perfect
There! So easy and barely takes any time at all. Serve with some rice, yoghurt and serve with some chopped chillies and fresh coriander.
I also made my own chapatis, they are super easy! Just mix a tablespoon of oil with 2 cups of flour and enough water until it makes a dough. Knead for 5 minutes and pop in the fridge. Then just roll out into little circles and fry in a dry pan until it puffs up a little and gets brown.