Basic sauce for making curries

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Basic sauce for making curries
Basic sauce for making curries
Stage one ingredients
Servings:Serves 8
Calories per serving:238
Ready in:1 hour 20 minutes
Prep. time:20 minutes
Cook time:1 hour
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:3rd November 2012

This is my effort at making a basic sauce for restaurant style curries. The following quantity is for 8 people, as you may wish to freeze some for a later date.


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Stage 1

  1. Heat the oil over a medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion slices and fry for about 10 minutes, until they are starting to brown, and even stick slightly.
  3. Stir vigorously, add the garlic and ginger and cook for a further few minutes until softened.
  4. Add the water and blend thoroughly - the mixture must be absolutely smooth.
  5. Add the salt, bring to the boil and turn down the heat to low.
  6. Simmer, covered, for 40-45 minutes and allow to cool.
  7. If you wish to freeze the sauce, do so at this stage.

Stage 2

  1. Meanwhile, heat the 1 additional tablespoon vegetable oil in a clean pan, add the spices and tomato purée cook for about a minute - no longer.
  2. Add the tomatoes, bring to the boil , reduce heat and cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Skim, allow to cool and refrigerate for up to 4 days.


Combine spices to your taste.

Chef's notes

Make your the sauce two to three days in advance and refrigerate. This will improve the flavour and gives more of a restaurant aroma.

Peeling ginger

There is no need to peel ginger. As a result of attending a Thai cookery demo, we have learnt that peeling ginger is unnecessary unless for aesthetic purposes as the skin is high in fibre and full of flavour. However, do remove any bits that have become tough or woody.

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