A Madras curry sauce just like you get at the best curry houses!
In my cookbook, ‘The Curry Guy’ I featured a lamb Madras recipe to serve four. The thing is, that madras curry sauce doesn’t have to only be served with lamb.
When you go out for a curry and see the madras option on the menu, you also get to choose your main ingredient or ingredients to go into your curry.
When you cook a madras curry sauce at home, you can do the same thing. Make the deliciously spicy madras curry sauce with the main ingredients of your choice and you will be in curry heaven!
You might like to try the madras curry sauce with tandoori chicken or paneer for example. Make this curry sauce and you can have it the way you like and it will be even better than you get when you go out.
Pre-cooked ingredients are used in curry house style curries.
You will want to plan your meal so that you can make it just like they do at the best curry houses. For best results, add pre-cooked ingredients to your madras curry sauce such as tandoori chicken tikka, lamb tikka, jumbo prawns or paneer.
Ingredients like jumbo prawns and paneer cook quickly so you could cook them in the sauce from raw. That said, your curry will be even better if you have it with marinated and grilled paneer or prawns.
Meat such as beef and lamb could also be cooked from raw but they will take much longer, up to an hour, to cook in the sauce.
For flavour and time reasons, therefore, try grilling up your main ingredients and you will love the results even more.
Curry house style curries use a base sauce.
All curry houses use a base sauce (gravy) to make their traditional British curries. The base sauce is quite bland, like a chicken or vegetable stock is bland. The magic happens when you add that base sauce to your madras curry sauce!
Do I have to prepare a base curry sauce to make a restaurant style curry?
The answer to that question is yes and no. If you want to make a madras curry sauce like you would expect from a great curry house, you need to make the base sauce. My ‘go to’ recipe is here. Use that authentic base sauce recipe and you will get a madras curry that is even better than when you go out.
On the other hand, you could make your madras curry sauce using more authentic Indian cooking methods. The result won’t be that smooth sauce you find at quality restaurants but it will still be delicious.
If you like this Madras sauce recipe, you might like to try some of these curry house favourites too…
Tikka masala sauce
Chilli garlic sauce
Madras Curry Sauce Recipe - BIR Curry House Style
- 2 tbsp rapeseed (canola) oil
- 2 dried Kashmiri chillies
- 2 green cardamom pods
- 1 1/2 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
- 2 green bird's eye chillies
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
- 1 tbsp mixed powder
- 70ml (1/4 cup) tomato puree
- 300ml (1 1/4 cups) base sauce
- 1 tbsp smooth mango chutney or lime pickle
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tbsp fresh coriander (cilantro) to garnish
- Salt to taste
- Heat your pan over medium high heat and add the oil. When hot, add the dried Kashmiri chillies and cardamom pods.
- Move these whole spices around in the oil for about 30 seconds and then add the garlic and ginger paste. Fry for a further 30 seconds.
- Add the green chillies followed by the cumin, coriander, turmeric, chilli powder and mixed powder and stir to combine.
- Spoon in the tomato puree followed bye a ladle full of the base sauce. This is the perfect time to add your main ingredient of choice. You could also just keep making the sauce to serve later with any main ingredient.
- Stir in the mango chutney and lime juice. Allow to simmer for a couple of minutes only stirring if the sauce is obviously sticking to the pan.
- To finish, sprinkle the garam masala over the top, garnish with the fresh coriander (cilantro) and season with salt to taste.
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Monday 17th of October 2022
is this recipe for 4 people?
Friday 21st of October 2022
The recipe is for 2 people. Thanks Dan
Saturday 11th of June 2022
Hi, any idea why when I made this it tasted very sweet? Not sure where I went wrong. I tried to make it again without the chutney but it still tasted sweet
Tuesday 14th of June 2022
I'm not really sure either. There are no sweet ingredients in it. Just keep experimenting. Thanks Dan
Tuesday 1st of February 2022
Hi Dan, went out of the way to make the Madras Curry Sauce together with your Garam Masala Mixed Powder and Curry Base Sauce. Amazing. An incredible sauce and probably like you enjoy the chillis at the end together with the lime. Absolutely amazing. Thank you.
Wednesday 2nd of February 2022
Really pleased you enjoyed it so much. Thanks Dan
Tuesday 21st of December 2021
I love your ‘The Curry Guy’ book. Question I have is how long does this sauce keep in the fridge on its own before it needs to be eaten?
Thursday 23rd of December 2021
I think the sauce should keep 3 or 4 days if stored correctly. Thanks very much. Dan
Saturday 11th of December 2021
Just made this in my new ally pan, having never used one before. It is absolutely stunning. I was careful to use the Cirio tomato paste you recommended in a video and the taste is better than anything I have had from a takeaway. I didn't think you could make something so similar for pennies. The lime pickle and mango really lift it to a different level aswell. I don't know if they are standard but I will be adding them to other curries.
Really appreciate the recipe, Dan. Thanks.
Monday 13th of December 2021
Thanks so much, all good to hear! Dan