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Pressure King Pro Review – My Base Curry Sauce in Minutes

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This is an excellent piece of kit. I love the Pressure King Pro pressure cooker!

I was recently asked to review the Pressure King Pro pressure cooker. After using it to make quite a few meals for my family that didn’t fit in with my blog, I decided to try making a small batch of my base curry sauce.

I have been so impressed with the dishes made with it so far. I’ve cooked venison pasta, fish stew, even a whole chicken in minutes with spectacular results. Now it was time to give it the curry sauce test!

Usually the curry base sauce takes about 90 minutes to make. The large batch makes enough for about 30 single serving curries. As it normally takes so long to make, there is really no point in making a small batch. I usually make a large batch and then freeze what I don’t use. The long cooking time is essential to achieving the curry house flavour. Having made a large batch yesterday, I wanted to make a smaller batch in the Pressure King Pro and compare.

I was very impressed with the results. I actual had a finished sauce in just 20 minutes! It tasted just like the sauce I had laboured 90 minutes to make yesterday.

This small batch of curry sauce could also be made in the same way I do here. That said, if you love your restaurant style curries, using the Pressure King Pro will make it quick and easy to satisfy that last minute curry craving. The small batch makes enough to serve four to six people.

I highly recommend the Pressure King Pro and now use it almost daily. Cooking restaurant style curries has just been made a lot easier and faster! What’s more, the cooking pot is large enough to cook my large batch of sauce.

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The Pressure King Pro has a frying function perfect for frying veggies for this sauce.

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Adding adding the vegetables and garlic & ginger paste.

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Veggie all fried and spices added. Time to close the lid and cook.

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After just eight minutes, the curry sauce is ready for blending!


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Curry sauce made with Pressure King Pro

All done in a fraction of the time it normally takes.

Here are a few curry house style recipes you can use this sauce in now!

Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Korma
Chicken Madras
Chicken Dhansak
Lamb Rogan Josh
Lamb Vindaloo
Chicken Chilli Garlic
Chicken Patia
Lamb Bhuna



Pressure King Pro Review – My Base Curry Sauce
Author: Dan Toombs
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Cook time:
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Serves: 1 litre
  • 3 large cooking onions (500g) – finely chopped
  • 80ml vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons garlic and ginger paste
  • 1/3 carrot (25g) – peeled and chopped
  • ¼ head of cabbage – chopped
  • 1/3 red capsicum (40g) (bell pepper) – diced
  • 1/3 green capsicum (40g) (bell pepper) – diced
  • 400ml water
  • 1 tomato (150g) – diced
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I usually leave this out and simply add it to the final dish)
  1. Heat the oil using the frying function. When bubbling, add the chopped onions and fry for a few minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the vegetables and stir it all to combine. Fry for a further minute or so.
  3. Spoon in the garlic and ginger paste and fry for another minute.
  4. Now add the spices, ghee and just enough water to cover. I used 400ml.
  5. Push the cancel button and secure the lid. Move the pressure valve to closed.
  6. Press the soup funcion and set for five minutes. It takes about three minutes for the pressure to rise and then the timer will start counting down.
  7. After five minutes, your curry sauce will be ready. Move the pressure valve to open to release the steam.
  8. When the steam has been released, carefully open the top. All you need to do now is blend it until smooth and then double the volume with water or stock.

Disclaimer: I was sent a Pressure King Pro free of charge to review and was also paid for this review. I was under no obligation to write a good review. All opinions are my own. I love this product!

The Pressure King Pro is supplied by High Street TV. For more information about this fantastic product, please click here to visit their website.



Sunday 9th of January 2022

Jesus H Christ Dan. Its been about 5 years since I had my lesson at your gaff, and one Sunday lost per month to making base ever since. This is a revelation!

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 11th of January 2022

Hi Steve Now you now, hope you enjoy your spare time! Thanks Dan


Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Hi Dan,

you told Lynne you could make pre cooked chicken in a pressure cooker. Is there detailed information on how to do this?


Dan Toombs

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

It would depend on the pressure cooker you have. I would suggest maybe using the instructions for making stock and then test it. Thanks Dan


Friday 15th of January 2021

Greetings from Nova Scotia, Canada! I made this today using my Instant Pot. The aroma in my kitchen reminds me very much of our favourite Indian curry restaurant. I pretty much followed your recipe with the following tweaks: 1/4 cup peanut oil + 2 tablespoons butter - no other fat. one 160ml can of Thai Kitchen coconut milk - 2 tablespoons brown sugar - 1 teaspoon MSG (ignore all the nonsense about it on the web) - 2 tablespoons tomato paste - 1 bunch cilantro including the stalks - 3 cloves - 5 peppercorns - 1 bay leaf - 1 cinnamon stick - 1 tablespoon dried methi leaves (because I had them) - 1 teaspoon ground black mustard seed - 1 teaspoon ground cardamom. I set the Instant Pot for 1 hour on LOW pressure - everything is deliciously "melty". question for you - see many of the other curry blogs use Mix Powder in conjunction with the base sauce what is your opinion of it? Many thanks for a wonderful website and all the help and expertise you provide!

Dan Toombs

Monday 18th of January 2021

Your recipe sounds good and keep using it if you enjoy it. I am glad you are enjoying my recipes. I see no reason why you couldn't add mixed powder, I use garam masala but you could substitute mixed powder if you like it. Thanks Dan


Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Hi dan

Can you make the pre cooked chicken in this pressure cooker? Thanks

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Hi Lynne Yes you could certainly make the pre cooked chicken in a pressure cooker. Thanks Dan

Joseph Halloran

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Does this method (Pressure Cooker) also work with the low fat recipe posted more recently? Is any adjustment required? Other than perhaps the water required.

Dan Toombs

Sunday 6th of September 2020

Hi Yes, the pressure cooker method should work with the low fat version. No adjustments necessary I don't think except maybe a little more water. Thanks Dan

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