How to make a curry sauce from curry powder

Curry Powder in a bowl


Follow our simple chart below to make a curry sauce from curry powder.  Please note that a poor quality curry powder will make a poor tasting curry!   Beneath the chart, you will find several easy curry recipes for vegetarian curry, chicken curry, lentil curry, lamb curry and beef curry.  To buy top quality curry powder, view our shop.  You can also buy our spice mixes on Amazon Prime.

How to make a curry sauce from curry powder in 3 simple steps


Chicken Curry

Vegetarian Curry

Lentil Curry

Lamb Curry

Beef Curry


Curry powder is very versatile and lasts for a long time in the store cupboard so it is a great last minute dinner solution, paired with simple ingredients that you already have in your fridge.  There is also less wastage as it doesn't need to used up quickly once it has been opened.  You can whip up a quick, easy, healthy and delicious curry using curry powder or it can be used as a marinade or rub too. 

There is a huge difference in taste between good quality curry powder and cheaper, less flavoursome versions.  If you have low quality curry powder, you will almost certainly need to use greater quantities than we have suggested in our recipes below.

How do you use curry powder to make a curry sauce?

Here we share how to make 2 different versions of easy, delicious and healthy curry sauce using curry powder rather than a paste.

Creamy Curry Sauce Recipe  (please see below for dairy and nut free option)

Use this sauce over lamb koftas, chicken or vegetables to make a delicious but very simple curry. 

Serves 4-6

1 tablespoon of  oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 400ml tin of chopped tomatoes
3 heaped teaspoons of any curry powder *
1 teaspoon soft brown sugar
300ml single cream (substitute with coconut milk if you prefer)
1 tablespoon of ground almonds
Salt, to taste
Coriander, to garnish

To make the sauce, heat the oil and cook the onion and garlic until soft, then add the tomatoes and cook these down until the paste is thick.  Add the spices and sugar and cook for about a minute.  Stir in the cream and almonds.   Now serve over koftas, chicken or leftover vegetables!

*Try and choose a curry powder that is good quality, fresh and does not contain salt.   If the spice blend is kept in glass, it is likely to loose its colour and flavour very quickly so best kept in a dark store cupboard.

Dairy Free and Nut Free Curry Sauce- easy curry recipe

Serves 6 

1 tablespoon oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
4cm piece of ginger, grated or finely chopped
5 fat garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
6-8 tsp curry powder *
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1kg chicken or mixed vegetables
2 teaspoons salt

Heat the oil then cook the onions, ginger and garlic until softened.  Add the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are reduced to a thick paste. Add the curry powder or spice mix and cook for a minute, stirring.  Add the chicken or vegetables and salt and cook for 5 minutes. Add 250ml water and bring to a simmer.  Cover and cook gently on a low heat on the hob until the chicken is cooked through or the vegetables are tender.  You can also cook this in the oven on a low heat, but it will take longer.  Slow cookers also work wonders for this recipe.  

 *Try and choose a curry powder that is fresh, good quality and does not contain salt.   If the spice blend is kept in glass, it is likely to loose its colour and flavour very quickly so best kept in a dark store cupboard.

Try our bestselling curry kit (free delivery included) which includes 4 of our perfectly balanced curry powders along with our cookbook packed with simple curry recipes.  Or visit our Amazon store for free Prime Delivery.

Looking for tips on how to cook the perfect rice?   Or some tips on the best way to grate ginger?

Or why not check out our top tips for making your curry healthier.

Leave us a comment and let us know how you get on making your curry sauce with our recipe!

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