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…