Monday, 1 April 2013

British Style Vegetable Curry

Curry is a very popular dish in Britain. It was quite an experience for us when we moved to UK from US. Every restaurant (like in touristy places or cafes) has a curry in its menu. And many of my British colleagues make 'Curry' at home.

What is a curry?? Curry to the British is mostly any North Indian Gravy (though it will not include Channa masala, rajma type of dishes and not to be confused with the Tamil Kari). And typically made with 'curry powder'. As an Indian you would not know what a curry powder is. In spite of 100 odd spices in my cupboard I do not have what is called a curry powder. Typically a curry powder contains coriander, cumin, chilli and turmeric with other ingredients like clove, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and nutmeg.

I decided to give it a shot to make the Popular British Curry. I have replaced the curry powder with what I thought was proper substitution. You can use curry powder if you have it.

Ingredients (Serves 5-6)

Onions 3 chopped
Garlic pods 4
Cumin 1 tsp
Courgette/Zucchini 3
Carrots 2
Cauliflower 1/2 a medium flower
(You can add potatoes, peas, peppers etc)
Chopped Tomato Cans 2 400gm can
Cream or Coconut milk 1 cup

Curry Powder 3 tsp (This is how British would make it. As I do not buy any curry powder, I added the below)
   Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
   Red Chilli powder 1 tsp
   Garam Masala 2 tsp

Method of Preparation

1. Heat oil in a pan. Add the cumin. Let it sizzle.

2. Add chopped onions and saute till it browns.

3. Add the chopped garlic and saute.

4. Pulse the Tomatoes to make a puree and add to the pan. Add some water as well to it. Simmer for a little bit.

5. Add the curry powder (or turmeric, red chilli and garam masala). Mix well.

6. Chop the veggies while the tomatoes are simmering. Cut it in huge chucks. That is how western 'curries' are made. Add them to the pan.

7. Add some more water if need be. Add some salt. Cover and cook till the veggies are cooked (not mushed up, just crunchy and cooked).

8. Add coconut milk or cream (i used coconut milk) at the end. Switch off.

Serve with some rice or roti.


  1. nice colourful and yummy curry.....

  2. Bright colour & tasty looking dish! This is new to me :)

  3. Am hearing about this british style curry for the first time..Looks delicious and bright.