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Easy Indian Base Gravy (Quicker Recipe, Less Fuss, Same Great Result)
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Easy Indian Base Gravy (Quicker Recipe, Less Fuss, Same Great Result)

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Ingredients

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150ml Oil (Vegetable)
750g Onion (brown/white) Chopped Roughly
1 Pepper (Green) Chopped Roughly
1 small Carrot (Chopped) Chopped Roughly
1 tbsp Garlic (Paste)
1 tbsp Ginger (Grated)
1 tbsp Coriander (Powder)
1 tbsp Cumin (Powder)
1 tbsp Turmeric (Powder)
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Garam Masala (Powder)
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Paprika (Powder)
400g Plum Tomatoes (Tinned)
3 litres Water approx

Indian restaurants need to cook curries to order in a matter of minutes and this is how they do it

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This is an updated version of my original base gravy recipe and takes only an hour to make from start to finish.

The Indian restaurant curry base or base gravy is one of the main ingredients used by most British Indian Restaurant (BIR) chefs and it allows them to create most curries in a matter of minutes.

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Steps

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Peel and roughly chop the onions, pepper and carrots and either grate or mince the garlic and ginger

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Add the oil, onions, peppers and carrots to the pan and fry to soften and start to caramelise for 20 minutes stirring frequently

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Add in the garlic, ginger and stir through for 30 seconds until the bitter smell disappears

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and all the spices and stir well frying again for another minute to infuse the flavours

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Tip in the plum tomatoes and around 2 litres of boiling water, stir and allow to simmer for 40 minutes stirring every 10 so nothing sticks to the bottom and burns

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Blend until smooth

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you can now store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze in 125ml portions

to use simply dilute with another 125ml of water per person giving you 250ml per dish

I always top the blended base up to 4 litres and then it's ready to go without any other fuss

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The standard recipe should produce 4 litres of gravy when complete, enough for 16 curries

Josh

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