Indian Curry Recipes to make from scratch with little prep and effort, a collection of my favourite homemade curries that can make excellent family dinners for every occasion. Quick and easy to make, these curry recipes can be tweaked to one's liking, and use simple ingredients that are easily available and affordable too.
When it comes to comfort food to warm up your soul no matter the season, nothing can beat the nation's favourite dish: the one and only curry. Curry might be a Western term to describe the delicious meal with Indian origins, but to us all, curry is the very best you can get when you need a quick and easy family meal.
There are a huge variety of ready-made sauces and ready-mades curries in pretty much every single shop around, but making your own curry at home from scratch is a lot easier than you'd think.
Especially if, like me, you are not keen on overly spicy dishes that set your mouth on fire. I prefer tasting the very ingredients I savour, rather than just the heat of the dish; so making my own sauce means I can control how mild I want the curry to be.
From meat-based to vegetarian, pescatarian or vegan curries, there is a lot to choose from. And all of my recipes are super easy to make without using a lot of unnecessary ingredients. Less is more, and that's so true!
Meat-based curry recipes
The chicken curry might be the most popular dish, but you can use pretty much any kind of meat to create a spectacular dish.
- Chicken Masala - cooked in a lovely spicy and spiced sauce, this basic chicken curry recipe is as closed to the authentic Indian dish as you can get.
- Indian Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe - tikka masala is one of the most famous curry recipes. The sauce is super simple to make, and you can use either fresh or leftover chicken. And bonus point, it's ready in just 20 minutes from scratch.
- Easy Butter Chicken Recipe (Indian Style) - another very popular Indian curry, the butter chicken can be made at home in no time at all. The term is pretty misleading, as the dish doesn't actually have any butter in, the sauce is made with cream and tomato passata.
- Easy Chicken Korma Recipe - unlike many other curry recipes, this one doesn't have tomatoes/tomato sauce at all. The coconut milk gives it a deliciously sweet and mild kick, making it a favourite with kids.
- Easy Chicken Rogan Josh Recipe - yet another popular dish, this is a well simplified version of the classic curry recipe. Just the way I like it! It's ready in well under 30 minutes, and it goes down well with everyone.
- Chicken Dhanzak - a mild curry recipe made with chicken breast and split red lentils. The sauce is beautifully spiced and rich, making this dish ideal for a family dinner, as kids and grown ups can enjoy it.
- Easy Chicken Balti Recipe - cooked in a fantastic blend of Indian spices, this homemade chicken balti is as good as the restaurant version. The balti sauce is beautifully spiced, but not overly spicy, and the chicken pieces are cooked to perfection to recreate a delicious Indian dish.
- Indian Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk - this is a very simple, but divinely flavourful curry that uses coconut milk and chopped tomatoes as a base for the curry sauce. The chicken can be replaced with pretty much any kind of meat you have, either fresh or leftover. Make it as mild or as hot as you like.
- Chicken Biryani - a wonderfully fragrant dish that is super easy to make, yet it's beautifully cooked to perfection. Mild and spiced, this dish can be enjoyed by everyone in the family.
The beauty with homemade curries is that you can easily swap ingredients without compromising on taste. Every single one of the chicken curry I made can be easily made with beef too. Just bear in mind that fresh beef cooks for a lot longer than the chicken, so it will need a lot more liquid.
- Simple Beef Curry Recipe - this recipe really is simple. No need to go for an expensive cut of beef, the cheap stewing beef would do too. If you like beef, this recipe is for you.
- Leftover Roast Beef Curry - a well simplified version of an already simple beef curry, this leftover beef one is ready in well under 30 minutes. If you have any leftovers from you Sunday dinner or any other big celebration, this is the dish to make.
Turkey might be the roast with the most leftovers, and understandably so given that it's the preferred meat at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Transform the boring leftovers into a delicious curry, or use fresh mince to make meatball curry.
- Quick Leftover Turkey Curry - this recipe really is quick. The sauce is mild and super easy to make, and it goes down really well with kids and grown-ups alike.
- Turkey Meatball Curry - a curry might not be the first dish that comes to your mind if you have turkey mince, but trust me, this dish is phenomenal. Not to mention that it's ready in no time too.
And these are my meat-based recipes that I absolutely adore and I cook more often than I could every count. You will notice that there is no lamb on my list, purely because that's a meat I do not enjoy, but any of the recipes above can be made with fresh or leftover lamb too.
Vegetarian/vegan curry recipes
As much as I love meat, sometimes I don't feel like having any. These plant-based curries are as delicious though, and they can be as much of a family-favourite dish as the meat-based ones.
- Coconut Chickpea Curry - this is my absolutely favourite meat-free curry recipes. The chickpeas soak up all the earthy spices to create a fabulous recipe that even meat lovers would love.
- Indian Tofu Curry - if you are a tofu fan, this recipe is for you. The sauce is creamy and mild, and the tofu adds a lovely texture and taste.
- Red Lentil Dahl with Coconut Milk - this is a classic Indian recipe that needs no introduction. It's superbly spiced and pairs beautifully with basmati rice for the ultimate Indian experience.
Fish is a great alternative to any meat curry, it cooks super quickly, and it adds a lovely texture to the curry sauce. Any white fish can be used.
- Indian Fish Curry with Coconut Milk - I used monkfish for my curry, but any white fish would do. Spiced and earthy, served on a bed of basmati rice for the best Indian food experience.
- Prawn Korma - made with butternut squash, baby corn and red peppers, a quick and easy recipe that is low carb and gluten free. If you like seafood, do give this dish a go!
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