Curry is one of those dishes that just scream “Comfort.” Hearty, rich in flavor and seasoned beautifully with aromatic spices, curry comes in a variety of different dishes. The possibilities are endless and when it comes to making curry in the comfort of your home, it can almost seem intimidating. What spices? What are different kinds of curry? No need to fear, because our bloggers are here to share their tips and tricks for making curry right at home. All of these bloggers and their recipes can also be found on our app, Food Monster. Let’s dig in.
1. Tomato-Based Curry For A Bright and Tangy Base
Tomatoes create a subtly sweet and versatile base for curry, hence a popular choice when it comes to making your own at home. For example, this Red Lentil Curry by Kristen Genton uses diced tomato to create this dish. Red lentils are cooked in a creamy, spicy sauce that will delight your palate and keep you full. This Mushroom Butter Masala by Kushi also uses a tomato base but also incorporates lots of mushrooms to give it more of an earthy flavor.
2. Using Coconut For A Creamier, Sweeter Base
Coconut is a great option for those who want a sweeter curry, but still want to be able to incorporate lots of spice. For example, this Goan Sorak Curry by Freda Dias is balanced with the creamy sweetness of the coconut and the aromatic flavors of various spices. Turmeric lends to its stunning and vibrant color. This Coconut Curry With Cauliflower is also an excellent choice. Robin Runner balances out the spices with coconut milk, and the cauliflower adds a nice texture to the entrée. Serve with brown rice, or make a big batch for easy-to-grab lunches throughout your week.
3. Customize Your Spice
When it comes to curry and spices, they are a match made in heaven. Curry powder is typically a blend of cumin, coriander, cardamom, turmeric, and sometimes more! It’s where you can get creative and customize your own curry. We love how Gunjan Dudani used earthy turmeric in this Turmeric Cashew Tofu Curry! For a warmer, spicier addition to your curry, you can try adding ginger! This Ginger Garlic Tofu Curry by Preeti Tamilarasan is delightfully creamy with a spicy, ginger kick. This dish can be made in a short 30 minutes which allows you to enjoy the rich layered flavors and aromas without sweating over the stove. Red curry paste also lends to a spicier kick to your dish, and these Spicy Curried Potato Dumplings are sure to please. Deniz Kilic creates these potato dumplings out of red lentils and potatoes. The easy-to-prepare red curry sauce gives the dish a very nice sharpness.
4. Using Different Ingredients In Your Curry
Now that you have your base and spices, what else can you put in your curry? For starters, chickpeas! Chickpeas are an amazing and versatile ingredient when it comes to making curry! They soak up the flavor and adds an excellent boost of protein to your dish. Of course, you can swap chickpeas with green peas or any other bean you like, but chickpeas are a popular choice in many curry dishes. This Chickpea and Spinach Curry by Dana Sandonato is easily made in 20 minutes. This curry will fill you up without weighing you down and — the kicker — you can make it ahead of time and it freezes beautifully.
Cauliflower is also an amazing addition to your curry. Its tender texture and versatility soaks up whatever flavor you use. This Cauliflower Aloo Gobi by Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer is an excellent dish. The rich curry is perfumed with a bold blend of spices and packed with healthy vegetables, roasted cashews, fried potatoes, and tender cauliflower.
In a rush? You can even keep it super simple with this Potato Curry by Jennifer Harmon. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare this dish and then you just have to wait 20 minutes for it all to get hot and the potatoes to get soft. Of course, don’t forget about tofu! This Tofu Tikka Masala is easy to prepare and a must for people who love Indian cuisine. Ginger, garam masala, and Methi leaves add to this unique recipe.
5. Your Curry Isn’t Complete Without Its Sides
There are many ways you can serve up your homemade curry. You can serve it over potatoes, fluffy rice, or both! Naan is also an excellent option to have and makes the meal all the more special. It’s not difficult to make at all. Check out this Restaurant-Style Garlic Naan by Anupama Paliwal. In restaurants, naan is typically fired in a tandoor, which is what gives it those delightful, slightly charred air bubbles. But this recipe shows you three ways to make naan — in the oven, in a skillet, or in a pressure cooker. The results are so good, you’ll think it really is from a restaurant. This Turmeric Coconut Rice is also a great option and compliments many different kinds of curry perfectly! Fluffy basmati rice is seasoned with turmeric, giving it a beautiful color.
What are you waiting for? Set the table and invite some friends over for a delicious dinner! Or treat yourself and curl up in your pajamas with your favorite show. Either way, get to making some curry at home! Feel pride (and save money) knowing that your curry is delicious. Need more curry-spiration? You simply must check out our app, Food Monster. With over 10,000 recipes right in the palm of your hand, you’ll always have something delicious and new to try. It’s available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. Full of allergy-friendly recipes, subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
Lead Image Source: Tofu Tikka Masala With Mushroom and Spinach