indian restaurant curry base
Indian restaurant curry base is the foundation for restaurant style curry. It's what makes Indian restaurant curry what it is.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
- 8 large onions - about 2.5 lbs peeled weight
- 6-8 cloves garlic peeled
- 1 1/2 Tbsp ginger coarsely chopped
- 1 1/2 Tbsp cumin powder
- 1 1/2 Tbsp coriander powder
- 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 12-15 fresh cilantro stalks with leaves - roots removed
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 12 cups boiling water
- 15 oz can diced tomatoes - one small can
Bring the water to a boil (a kettle works well for this).
Quarter the onions and then break them apart into petals (roughly - two or three petals per quarter)
Combine all ingredients except tomatoes, bring to a gentle boil and simmer, loosely covered, for one hour. Use a big pot!
Add tomatoes, stir and simmer an additional 20 minutes
Let cool slightly. Blend to smooth consistency. Make sure you remove the centre cap from the blender lid and cover the hole with a cloth or you will be cleaning the ceiling. Alternately you can use an immersion blender.
If you don't want to wait an hour or more during step 2, you can safely stop after 30 minutes - it's not the end of the world.
Don't worry if you get a bit of "scum" on the surface. Just mix it back in.
This recipe makes enough for 10-12 curries (restaurant size portions)
Use within a week or freeze in 2 cup portions (one curries worth)
Serving: 12g | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 11.9mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.3mg