No drying of vegetables required to make this base sauce! You can also purchase vegetable powders!
So I’m sitting at my son’s flat waiting for him to get in from classes in York where he studies. I’m feeling a bit peckish but as usual, he has nothing in the cupboards other than some instant vegetable soup. Where does all that money go? I open a cold beer from the fridge and heat up some water to pour over the dried ingredients from the soup pack. The soup is actually a lot better than I thought it would be and suddenly it dawns on me, I should try doing the same with my curry house base sauce recipe. Could it actually be made in ten minute?
When I returned home, I took my dusty vegetable and fruit drier out of the attic and cleaned it up. If my idea worked, I knew that I could use home dried ingredients or purchase vegetable powders just like those that were in that vegetable soup I tried. Could I actually make a base sauce in ten minutes that tasted as good as those I had been labouring on for years?
I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand that I would usually use in a base sauce but I wasn’t going to drive to the shop and purchase them. The red bell pepper and cabbage would have to be for another time if my base sauce idea tasted as good as I was hoping.
I set my vegetable/fruit drier to 67c and set the timer for 12 hours and then just let it do its job. I use this one which I can highly recommend! Note: I have since used vegetable powders with excellent results. The great thing about using powders is that you don’t have to blend the sauce afterwards. It’s ready to go!
I weighed out the vegetables using my normal base sauce recipe but halved it. With dried vegetable ready, I weighed them again so I would know how much powder to use in future.
This recipe makes about three litres of base sauce or about enough for 4 curry house style curries that serve 4. You can scale it up or down depending on how much you want to make. The results were fantastic. In fact I couldn’t tell the difference. Base sauce in 10 minutes! You need to give this a try!
- 100g dried onion flakes or onion powder
- 15g dried tomatoes or tomato powder
- 7 g dried carrot or carrot powder
- 15g dried garlic or garlic powder
- 7g dried ginger or ginger powder
- 1½ tbsp garam masala
- 1½ tbsp ground cumin
- 1½ tbsp ground coriander
- 1½ tbsp turmeric
- 1½ tbsp sweet paprika
- ½ tsp fenugreek powder
- 2 litres boiling water plus one more for thinning
- 3 tbsp rapeseed (canola) oil
- Bring two litres of water to a boil. Place the dried ingredients and spices in a large saucepan and pour the boiling water and oil over them. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes to rehydrate. Blend into a smooth sauce. If using vegetable powders, you won't have to do this.
- To finish, add about another litre of water until your sauce is about as runny as full fat milk and use as needed.