How to cook a healthy curry from scratch in 30 minutes or less
Spice Blends or Curry Powders are a great way of reducing the cooking time of your own homemade curry and are a simple option if you are struggling with easy dinner ideas for your busy household. Often, the long ingredients list of all the spices can be off putting, especially when you want to create a quick meal or if you are not sure what spices you have in your store cupboard. Spice Blends or Curry Powders combine a number of spices and are designed to have the perfect balance, often resulting in a better curry! They also seriously reduce the cooking time as there is no need to measure out all the individual spices.
Curry Powders and Spice blends can contain a lot of salt, so if this is important to you, check the ingredients of your favorite brand. It's also worth noting that the flavour (and colour) of spices can deplete quite quickly if they are exposed to sunlight so it's worth storing them in a dark cupboard or a container that does not let in the light. A good quality curry powder will have lots of aroma and should hit you with a gorgeous, fresh, spicy smell as soon as you open it.
One of the longest parts to making a really good curry is cooking the onions. We love cooking shortcuts but this is one step that we recommend that you do not rush. Whilst the onions are cooking (around 10 minutes), use this time to prepare the other ingredients for your curry. Peel and chop up your vegetables or chicken; rinse your lentils; chop the coriander.
Cook the onions on a medium heat. They should be soft, translucent and starting to slightly brown at the edges. This really helps with the overall flavour of the curry. Do this bit slowly and then the rest is super easy!
The other short cut you can make when making a homemade curry is to use frozen onions, frozen ginger and frozen garlic. No peeling or chopping again cuts down the cooking time of making homemade, simple curry.
We've collated our Top 6 Quick Curry Recipes below, all of which can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
This is such an easy and tasty recipe. You can use fresh or frozen prawns. This will become a family favorite.
A recipe for when you really don't feel like cooking! Using frozen vegetables and with virtually no chopping, stock up your freezer with the ingredients so that you always have a back up plan when you are feeling lazy!
Simple enough for a mid week meal yet special enough to knock the socks off your dinner party guests! This is our award winning recipe but it's oh-so simple. Adjust the spice levels to suit your household.
We love this as an alternative to our Original Chicken Korma Recipe which takes a bit more effort. This is great as a family dinner as the kids will love it too. Simply add fresh chillies if you prefer your curry to have a bit more of a kick!
A rich, creamy and very easy curry using mushrooms that pair perfectly with our Tandoori Masala blend. The mixture of chestnut and Portobello mushrooms gives the curry a real depth and a lovely 'meaty' texture. We've added peas and spinach to this recipe or you could use chickpeas too.
Goan Lentil Daal. We love this as a simple meal served with hot buttered toast! Comfort food at it's very best.