Curry recipes that can you make at home, including Rick Stein's cod curry, the Hairy Bikers' king prawn curry and ever popular Thai green curry among the recipes that are so much better homemade.
The thought of making a curry from scratch for the first time might seem daunting, but it's actually quick and easy to put together a delicious and fragrant curry, whether you're looking to make a no-fuss midweek meal or you're expecting a crowd at the weekend.
Curries take many forms and originated in South Asia and Southeast Asia, with each region having its own variation on classic dishes, from India to Thailand, Sri Lanka and beyond.
The base for making curry paste is similar in many recipes so once you have bought the spices, you'll have them to use time and time again, adjusting the flavours and ingredients once you're confident in making your favourite recipes. Hold back on some of the spice if you don't like it hot, and vice versa if you love a meal with a kick. Swap vegetables depending on what you have in the fridge. It's hard to go wrong. Many curries start with a simple base of onion, garlic and ginger, to which you can add a mix of spices, from fennel seeds that release an instant aroma to ground cumin, coriander and vivid tumeric, much-loved by nutritionists for its superfood status.
The key ingredients can vary. Curry recipes can be made with chicken, beef or lamb, or are based around seafood such as fish or prawns, or are vegetarian, using potato, lentils or even eggs as a staple ingredient, which makes a filling but healthier option. Whatever you pick, pair with naan bread or basmati rice for a wonderful meal that will fill your kitchen with the aroma of warm spices.
Our pick of easy curry recipes will fill your kitchen with warm spices, whether you go for a meat, fish or vegetarian option. Look out for lighter recipes, including alightened up chicken korma. Feel free to experiment with ingredients if you don't have everything in, but once you invest in a spice collection, you will be able to make so many different types of curries.
Rick Stein's cod curry recipe (pictured) is simple to make with a homemade tomato and coconut paste, which means it's ready in just 30 minutes - just make sure not to stir too much, or it will break up the cod.
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Delicious Curry recipes
This aubergine and coconut curry will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about curries and their flavours
This healthier Lean in 15 versions of a classic Thai massaman curry is full of all the familiar flavours you'd expect but it's ready in about a tenth of the time, perfect for midweek...
Cauliflower and lentil curry is a delicious vegan curry that even meat eaters will love. Plus, it's so easy to make with a simple homemade curry paste
North Indian chickpea, lentil and butternut squash curry is a vegetarian and vegan curry recipe packed with flavour and a creamy texture
This turkey curry recipe is really filling and warming, full of veg and perfect for using up your leftover Christmas turkey!
Thai green curry with chicken thighs and an easy homemade curry paste served with a new coconut side
We’ve cheated here and used a ready-made curry paste. You could also use a Korma paste instead of Balti
Ivor Peters beautifully simple chicken curry dish is layered with spices and combines a depth of flavour only achieved by cooking meat on the bone
The tamarind in this Southern Indian curry gives this full-flavoured creamy dish real punch
Creamy chicken and coconut curry is fragrant with spices and warming ginger, which make it perfect for when it gets colder. Plus, it's under 500 calories
Curry recipe collections
Vegetarian curry recipes make for a really delicious meat-free supper. Much better than a takeaway or shop-bought jars of curry, they're just as delicious and healthier too
Rick Stein shares his favourite recipes from his TV show, Rick Stein's India, including his cod curry, chicken korma and vegetarian curry