I use a curry mix from a shop on Portabello Rd (The Spice Shop - they do mail order) and I even get orders from some Indian friends to pick up their Curried Vegetable Mix when I go!
Fry onion, throw in mix, stir for a bit then add the meat/soya/veggies...cook a bit longer than add tinned whole baby tomatoes.
I have to say, this is every bit as nice as the curries that I used to make from scratch when my Indiam friend (who taught cookery classes) showed me what spices to mix up and gave me her family spice blend.
You also need to make some decent yoghurt dip and breads too. I love curry!
Most 'from scratch' curries will have a lot of ingredients but they can be v easy. Do a search on here for my name and dahl - it's super easy and v delicious. Or Jamie Oliver does an excellent base recipe which you can make in meat, fish or veggie versions. Hang on - will try to find it...
Thanks everyone! I'm inspired. Moomin, I've looked on the Portabello Spice Centre website and I love it! Will definitely get ordering a few things from there. So, I'm getting the idea that you can use onion, spices, meat (or veg) and maybe tinned tomatoes, but if I want another base, do any of you use coconut milk? If so, do you use the tinned variety? I like a coconut base when I go out for a curry.
Thanks for links Jolly and Rumus, I'll get looking.
I heat the oil/ butter mix or ghee Add coarsely crushed whole spices (bang them a bit with a pestle) Add the curry or kaffir leaves if I have them When the fragrance is sublime, add a dollop of wine Then add fresh ingredients -chillies, garlic, freshly grated turmeric (tiny bit). And onions and ginger if you want to. Add either fresh chopped tomatoes or coconut milk Mix and cover for three minutes Add veggies and or meat and some hot water and salt and sugar At the end add creme fraiche if you are not going the coconut milk route