Cook your favourite curry recipes at home with this selection of the best of British Indian Restaurant style curries and sides. Whether it’s the best curries to make in the slow cooker or fastest, tastiest uses of leftovers, you’ll find the recipes here.
British Indian Curry
Curries have been part of British food culture for so long that most of us couldn’t do without them. Fabulously fragrant, warming and satisfying, the spices of the Indian subcontinent are as much at home here as the cinnamon and ginger in our Christmas pud.
Although we love our local Indian restaurant, I like to keep an eye on the calories and the cash. That’s why I often cook some of our favourite curry recipes at home.
Some of my curries are old fashioned British curries (curry having first found its way to Britain in the 18th century). Others are the food of British Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants. Over the years the chefs in these curry houses have adapted traditional recipes to the produce available locally.
This means I make no claims that these recipes are what you would find on a visit to Mumbai or Goa. But they are my Indian food, and I love it. Explore my best curry recipes below.
Starters and nibbles
For many of us, this is one of the best bits of a curry night. We love the indulgent treats served with dipping sauces, pickles and chutney. Which is your favourite?
My simple versions of Indian restaurant classics are fuss free but delicious nonetheless.
Curries are traditionally slow cooked dishes. They benefit from allowing plenty of time for the spices to infuse the meat and vegetables.
Using the slow cooker means that once the initial frying is done, you can put your feet up. I love to be able to get on with other things, while still enjoying a proper curry come dinner time.
Love your leftovers
I am very fond of a roast dinner. It’s traditional, delicious and makes great leftovers for the rest of the week. It’s just good economy to make use of all that extra meat. Adding spice makes a contrast with the classic Sunday roast, so you don’t feel like you’re getting the same dinner twice.
Leftover roast meat lends itself well to curries and biryani dishes. The meat has been cooked slowly and is already delicious. Enjoy the best quick curry recipes by putting it to good use.
If you need to, you can have your curry ready in no time, or you can prepare it and then allow it extra time to infuse, heating it up later.
Pulses and vegetables
The subcontinent’s long history of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions makes it a treasure trove of inspiration for meat free dishes.
Some of the very best curry recipes are meat free, so whether you are vegetarian or choose to eat them alongside meat dishes, these flavour packed recipes deserve a place on your table.
Whether it’s a glorious spicy pilau or a flat bread for scooping up all the juices, these dishes are vital to an Indian style meal. It is essential to balance out the heat of curries with something cooling.