Thursday, February 12, 2009

Simple curry sauce

The simple curry sauce is the one that I use as a base if I want a quick fixing north Indian curry. It is so versatile that with few canned ingredients, you can prepare it in a jiffy.
The sauce is very adaptable, you can increase tomato sauce or decrease or like wise increase or decrease the milk to get the taste you crave.
If you find the sauce too thin just mix 1 teaspoon of cornstarch in 1/4 cup water and add it to the sauce...and simmer for few minutes ...that will thicken the sauce.

1 onion minced
1 garlic clove minced
½ inch ginger minced
2 table spoon oil /butter

2 tea spoon mild curry powder… I use kitchen king masala available in Indian stores or S&B available in ranch market/ lucky..(I would suggest to add 1.5 teaspoon first and add the rest of 1/2 teaspoon after you taste while simmering and feel it needs it)

¼ spoon cardamom (if you don’t have, use cinnamon)
1 can tomato sauce 8oz
1 can evaporated milk

3/4 tea spoon light/dark brown sugar
Salt and pepper/cayenne/red chili powder to taste

Heat oil/butter on medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger sauté till it turns light golden brown.
Now add curry powder sauté for another 30-45 seconds, add tomato sauce and mix well.
Leave it for a couple of minutes. Make sure you keep the flame medium or medium-low, as high flame will result in tomato sauce splutters
Add salt and pepper/cayenne/red chili powder. Stir well.
Now slowly add evaporated milk using one hand and stir using another. (This technique will prevent curdling).
Once the milk is fully incorporated…Add the brown sugar and heat for another 2 minutes.
Add Paneer or any poached/grilled meat or steamed or boiled vegetables …enjoy !!! My illustration shows cubed paneer.

Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.

To have rich version you can always substitute evaporated milk with whipping cream and also add 1 table spoon cashew or almond butter along with curry powder. You can also use normal sugar or honey instead of brown sugar.

If you taste the sauce and feel it is slightly bitter, that means you have added more curry powder and your curry powder is strong. In this case add 1/2 spoon more of sugar and also increase the cream/milk till you get the correct taste.

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