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Curries of India

Updated on February 14, 2014

Indian cuisine offers a large variety of curries that consist of meats, poultry, seafood, or vegetables marinated in aromatic spices and simmered in a thick gravy-like sauce. Some common spices found in Indian curries include cumin, coriander, turmeric, and paprika. Most of the Indian curries are yogurt based, making them relatively healthy to consume. Basmati rice, a variety of breads, and lentils typically accompany the curries for a deliciously filling meal.

As you explore the different types of curries, you may want to take note that some curries are named for the sauce the meat sits in and some are named for the way the meats and vegetables are cooked.


Korma is one of the Indian curries that needs time to simmer and is tastiest when slow-cooked.  Kormas traditionally require meat to be marinated in yogurt and braised at a very low heat until all the juices simmer down into a thick sauce.  Sometimes Kormas will also contain ground almonds, coconut and thick cream.  Kormas are one of the curries that is actually named for the method of cooking rather than named for the actual curry or sauce the meats and vegetables sit in.

Lamb Saag (foreground) and Chicken Korma (background)
Lamb Saag (foreground) and Chicken Korma (background)


Saag curry is a classic dish made of greens, traditionally spinach, and lamb found in the northern regions of India. Literally, the term, 'saag' is a term that refers to tender green leaves such as spinach, fresh fenugreek leaves, and mustard greens. When the only green used is spinach, it is actually called a palak curry. The spinach and other greens are pureed and cooked with meats, potatoes or cubes of fresh cheese.

Chicken Makhani
Chicken Makhani


Makhani means butter. This particular curry originates in the northern Punjabi regions of India. Butter and cream are the basis of this dish along with yogurt and pureed tomatoes. If butter and cream are not a part of your diet, any cooking oil and half/half or milk can be used as replacement ingredients. Chicken Makhani is one of the more popular Indian dishes.

Lamb Vindaloo
Lamb Vindaloo


Vindaloo is one of the spiciest curries found in Indian cuisine.  It was originally a Portuguese curry that was adapted by the indigenous peoples of Goa, a former colony of Portugal.  Vindaloo is made of wine, wine vinegar, and garlic. The spiciness of this dish comes from a large amount of chili powder that is also added along with lemon juice and black pepper.  Sometimes, potatoes can also be found in this dish along with the meats and vegetables.

Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala

Tikka Masala

This particular dish is made with tikka, which are chicken pieces that have been cooked in the tandoor oven.  It is aromatic and slightly smokey.  The masala is the sauce which contains many of the traditional Indian spices with some yogurt or cream and a hint of coconut.  Masala is a mixture of spices, when mixed with water, vinegar, or yogurt, is known as wet masala.  When it is dry, it is called Garam masala or curry powder.

Making Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Jalfrezi
Chicken Jalfrezi


Jalfrezi curry, like Korma, is named for the way it is cooked.  The name literally means "hot-fry" or "stir-fry."  This dish contains roasted meat and potatoes along with a variety of vegetables, including green peppers, onions, and green chilies.  This particular curry is not very sauce-y is not served as a thick gravy like the others.  The chilies make this one of the hottest dishes in Indian cuisine.

Vegetable Curry
Vegetable Curry

Basic Curry

Basic Indina curry is made with a combination of stir-fried wet masala (onion, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes), various spices, potatoes and seasonings with meat, poultry, vegetables, or seafood. This basic curry turns out much like a stew with a light yogurt or cream base.  This basic curry is typically mild and not at all spicy (hot) like some of the others.

Indian curries are unique in their flavors, mostly because of the spice mixtures that are used.  Unlike Thai curries which are made with coconut milk, Indian curries are usually based in yogurt or cream.  The vegetables are also often pureed and used as part of the gravy that makes up Indian curries.


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