* 2 tbs. oil • 3 cloves garlic, chopped • 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped/pureed or thinly sliced • 2 tbs. plain flour • 2 tsp. HOT curry powder (Madras or similar from Chinese grocers) • 1/2 tsp. salt, adjust to taste • 1/2 -1 tsp. chilli powder (depends upon your taste) • 1 tsp. sweet paprika powder • 2- 2.5 cups water Optional: - 1/2 onion, thinly sliced. - 1 1/2 to 2 tbs. tomato puree
1. Mix curry powder and flour in a bowl and keep aside, dry. 2. Heat oil in a wok. 3. Add ginger and garlic, and onions if used. Stir fry, until lightly browned and their aroma rises. 4. Add flour and curry powder mix and allow it to bubble for 20-30 seconds. If you leave it too long, the flour will burn resulting in a bitter sauce. 5. Add salt, paprika and chilli powder to the bubbling mix and stir for a few seconds. 6. Add enough water, a little at a time, stirring all the while, just enough to get sauce consistency. 7. Add tomato puree, adjust seasoning and bring to boil. hen simmer briskly for a few minutes. Turn the heat off. This is the basic curry sauce like the â 'take-away' shop. People generally buy it with chips/French fries, as a dipping sauce. 8. You can also use it to make take-away style curries. When you are ready to cook a curry, like chicken, prawns, pork or boiled potatoes etc., heat 1 tbs. oil in a wok, stir-fry the chicken/prawns/meat/potatoes and add the curry paste. Continue to stir-fry for a few minutes. Add a little water, if you want more gravy. 9. Serve hot, with rice or noodles.