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15 One Pan Indian Restaurant Curry Recipes

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These one pan Indian restaurant curry recipes get restaurant quality results!

One of the questions I get asked most is whether you can recreate curry house style curries without base sauce. Good question and it’s one I’ve been working on lately. Each of the following one pan Indian restaurant curry recipes can be made without a base curry sauce and they taste just like those you find at the best curry houses! You will also find links to popular side dishes to make your delicious curry into a feast.

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Want to make your one pan curry into a feast?

If you’d like to make your curry into a feast, you’ve come to the right place. You could just go for a side of Basmati rice or another popular rice side dish.

If you’d like to make naans or chapatis, why not try one of these?  

You might also like to serve this with a good and easy tarka dal or slowly simmered dal makhani.

Other popular side dishes include fried onion bhajis and homemade samosas. If you’d like, you might also like to try my baked onion bhajis or air-fryer onion bhajis.

Want to start your curry feast meal off right? How about fried shop bought poppadoms or if you’re feeling ambitious, make your own poppadoms from scratch and serve them with coriander chutney, red onion chutney, and/or tamarind chutney.

One Pan Indian Restaurant Curry Recipes

You are going to love making these one pan Indian restaurant style curries that taste just as good if not better than you find at the best curry houses. What's more... No base curry sauce is needed!

Make these one pan Indian curry recipes your own…

All of the recipe above have been developed so that you can adjust them to your own dietary requirements and personal taste.

You can substitute the protein of your choice. So the one pan chicken jalfrezi could easily become a one pan paneer jalfrezi just by adding paneer instead of chicken.

You can also adjust the spicing and I highly recommend you do. If you like mild curries, why not try the chicken vindaloo but with fewer chillies or no chilli powder? These one pan Indian curry recipes are in your hands so make them how you want to eat them. 

Will there be more one pan Indian restaurant curry recipes added to this list?

You bet! I will be adding many more. So if you have one you would like to see featured on this page, just let me know in the comments. 

What is the difference between these recipes and the curry house versions?

You shouldn’t taste any difference at all. If anything, you might find these better as you have more control over the final flavour.

At curry houses, the chefs use a prepared base curry sauce for all of their recipes from the mildest korma to the spiciest phaal. 

With these one pan recipes you can adjust the sauce simply by browning the onions longer or shorter. This is great when you want a rich tasing Madras or rogan josh. 

Feel free to alter the recipes as you see fit. If it sounds good, do it. By adjusting the instructions to your personal preferences, your one pan Indian restaurant curry will most likely be amazing.

One last thing about these one pan Indian restaurant curry recipes…

If you try any of the one pan Indian curry recipes on this page, please get in touch. These recipes will feature in the next cookbook I’m writing. Your feedback would be very much appreciated before all goes to print.

ikkayees indian restaurant liverpool

Saturday 4th of May 2024

Amazing recipe! Thank you very much, great to hear!

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 14th of May 2024

Thanks very much. Dan

Debs Jones

Wednesday 24th of January 2024

Was a bit disappointed not to see Butter Chicken recipe in the One Pot book or on your page. Will this be included at some point? Also Ceylon chicken. Great book though!!!

Dan Toombs

Thursday 25th of January 2024

Both butter chicken and chicken Ceylon are on my blog if you search for them. Thanks Dan

Mike Rowe

Saturday 25th of November 2023

Did the Chicken Do Piaza (My wife is veggy so had it with eggs not chicken). It was very good indeed and will be trying some others soon. Great recipe.

Dan Toombs

Monday 27th of November 2023

Great to hear, thank you for letting me know. Dan


Monday 18th of September 2023

Hi Dan:

Would love to see a one-pan recipe for Kadhai with Pakore!

*Really* looking forward to your new cookbook of these recipes!

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

I will try and work on that. Thanks very much. Dan

Des Ward

Wednesday 5th of April 2023

Hi, where do you get your frozen curry leaves, dried leaves lack all flavor? Regards. Des. I am based in the UK

Dan Toombs

Friday 7th of April 2023

Most Asian shops sell them fresh and you’re right don’t bother with the dry ones. Thanks Dan

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