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
Thai green curry with chicken thighs and an easy homemade curry paste served with a new coconut side
Cauliflower and chicken curry is infused with chilies and a hint of coconut for a layer of subtle flavours
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
This is a really aromatic chicken curry recipe that's not too hot. It's easy to prepare ahead and is a good one to freeze
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
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
Creamy, fragrant chicken massaman curry is a real crowd-pleaser. Really filling, it makes for a great midweek meal, or just as nice when you're entertaining
Thai red beef curry is a takeaway classic but it couldn't be easier to make at home. Ready in 25 mins, you'll never reach for the takeaway menu again
Chicken and tamarind curry is perfectly creamy and aromatic; a mild curry with a delicious tang from the tamarind. If you can't handle heat, this is one for you!
Slow cooker duck mussaman curry is rich, creamy and works perfectly with not only duck, but also beef or lamb. It's really worth the wait
Chicken curry is the perfect meal to make with Sunday lunch leftovers!
A very fresh, aromatic chicken curry recipe which freezes brilliantly and perfect to prepare ahead
This chicken and spinach curry makes a quick midweek supper which is packed with nutrients too
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
Fresh, full of flavour and fantastic - you'll love Si and Dave's collection of curries from all over the world