Curries are great – they’re a comfort food, central heating on a cold day and a great way to get more vegetables into your diet (or into your kids). This super easy recipe gives you a base for a curry sauce that you can modify if you want it more or less spicy. Just add in veg, chicken, lamb, whatever you like for a hearty meal.


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4



1 small onion

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 tsp chili powder (this gives the heat, so add more or less according to your preferences)

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground ginger

1 1/2 tsp turmeric

1 1/2 tsp cumin

2 tsp garam masala

(you might not usually have turmeric, cumin and garam masala in the cupboard but trust me, it’s worth getting them for this)

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

Olive / rapeseed oil



Heat about 1 tbsp of oil in a deep pan.

Finely chop the onion and fry until it’s soft.

Add the garlic, salt, pepper, chilli powder, paprika, ginger, turmeric and cumin on top of the onion.

Add a dash of oil and mix to make a paste.

Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.

Add the garam masala and cook for another 5 minutes.

Now your base is ready, you can add cooked chicken (either leftovers, or fried in a separate pan), par-boiled vegetables (root vegetables like sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips work really well) or whatever leftovers are to hand.

Simmer the whole lot, mixing every now and again, for about 20 minutes.

Serve with rice or potatoes or couscous.