Curry It Up Already

I'm so sorry for that pun. So sorry. I hope we can all move on. So... until about a year ago, I was afraid of trying curry. Any curry. I associated it with slop. Just a big old mess of yuck. I was convinced every curry would end up with some sort of intestinal troubles and a lifetime of regret. I had never even set foot in an Indian restaurant until I arrived in the UK. If there's remotely anyone who feels the same way as I did, I want to try and convince you why you should stop being afraid. Curry is delicious and a go-to dinner choice around my flat.


Tonight, we are cooking for a few friends. The simple solution? Two different curries, simmering away until dinnertime. Phil has a couple of great curry recipes that we've cooked for ourselves countless times. One comes from his best friend's mother -- the recipe can be found further along this post. The second one is a simple dal.

Mrs Gadher's Tomato & Prawn Curry

This is a hot and spicy tomato based curry. You can see the onions for this one beginning to soften in the pan on the front left of the photo above.

The particulars:

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 red chili chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chili powder (optional!)
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 packet of cooked & peeled prawns
  1. Soften the chopped onion and garlic in some oil.
  2. Add the spices, stirring to coat all the onion and garlic.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and stir to incorporate. After a few minutes of simmering, taste, and add more spices as necessary.
  4. Leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  5. When almost ready to serve, add the prawns, and add the tomato paste to thicken.
  6. serve with lots of rice, naan, or pita bread.

FYI, the dal is exactly the same, except you don't include the spicy stuff (red chili, chili powder) and you add a cup of lentils in step 3 instead of chopped tomatoes. Then stop after step 4. Dal is the best - usually served as a side dish, but we like it as a main. Fresh chopped cilantro as a garnish makes it complete.