I usually buy curry sauce in jars because I always thought making my own version was too complicated, but I have realised it couldn’t be easier to throw one together and it is far cheaper if I make it myself! It also has the added bonus of being sugar free and uses less packaging!
Ingredients – will make enough for 4 to 6 servings of curry sauce
A 700g jar of passata or equivalent homemade version from unpackaged tomatoes
2 tbsps of garam massala (buy in bulk bags – look online or in local specialist food stores)
1 tsp of chilli powder (can be substituted with a fresh chilli, which you can buy loose or for even lower cost grow your own!) – use more or less depending how much spice you can take!
2 onions finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic crushed
6 tablespoons of yoghurt (find out how to make it from scratch here
Optional – Finely chopped/ grated veg of your choice e.g. courgettes, aubergines, carrots, mushrooms
1. Fry the crushed garlic and onion in a pan
2. Add your chopped/ grated veg to the pan (if you want veg) and continue frying until cooked to your satisfaction
3. Add the passata, chilli powder (or finely chopped fresh chilli) and garam massala to the pan and continue to cook
4. Finally add the yoghurt
5. Once cooked you can use straight away.
6. If you have fussy eaters in your household you might also want to puree the mixture so that they can’t identify any vegetables in the sauce!
7. Freeze any leftovers. If you are freezing all of it separate it out into portions for freezing so that you don’t have to defrost more than you need at any one time!
I usually pay around £1.70 for a 350g jar of curry sauce which is not organic, but I buy 700g jars passata for under £1 from a local bulk organic wholesaler. I buy large bags of spices in a local specialist middle eastern specialist shop, which work out much cheaper by weight than spices from the supermarkets and the homemade yoghurt probably costs around 30p for a few spoons. I buy onions in bulk spending around £10 on 25kg of them which lasts us all year (read more here
). 2 onions probably cost around 20p and we grow our own garlic, which doesn’t cost us anything (after our initial investment we now just replant garlic from previous years – read more about how we started here
)! So all in all my curry sauce cost me £1.50 excluding spices. I’m really not sure how much they cost, but let’s say 20p – my curry sauce comes in at £1.70, the same price I would normally pay but double the amount of sauce and better quality ingredients!
I made a chicken curry using this sauce and served it with cauliflower rice (steamed and then finely chopped cauliflower), but forgot to take a picture! I did manage to get a picture of the leftovers which I had in a salad another day!