Basic Curry Sauce Recipe

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Basic Curry Sauce
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  1. Heat oil and margarine in a small skillet or wok over medium high heat. Add onion and saute until very brown, 10 to 15 minutes. (Note: This is an important step; if onion is not cooked well, sauce will taste funny.)
  2. Add ginger and garlic to onion and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Process onion/ginger/garlic mixture in food processor until smooth. Do not rinse food processor.
  3. Place onion mixture in a large saucepan. Stir in the cinnamon, black pepper, coriander, cumin, turmeric and cayenne pepper and cook over low heat until mixture is thick and has the consistency of a paste.
  4. Puree tomatoes, chile peppers and cilantro in food processor until smooth. Add to onion mixture and stir well over low heat, cooking off moisture from tomatoes and cilantro. Add yogurt a little bit at a time, stirring constantly to avoid curdling.
  5. Blend the whole mixture in food processor to puree it (for a very smooth sauce). Return to saucepan, add water and increase heat to high; bring sauce to a rolling boil. Cover saucepan and boil for 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer until desired consistency is reached.
  6. To serve with meat, cook the meat first separately, then simmer for 5 to 10 minutes in the sauce before serving over rice or with bread. To serve with vegetables, steam raw veggies first 4 to 5 minutes, then simmer for 5 to 10 minutes in the sauce before serving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 153.25 Kcal (642 kJ)
Calories from fat 105.21 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.69g 18%
Cholesterol 3.98mg 1%
Sodium 29.9mg 1%
Potassium 326.64mg 7%
Total Carbs 10.95g 4%
Sugars 4.24g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2.29g 9%
Protein 2.81g 6%
Vitamin C 14.9mg 25%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Calcium 125mg 12%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 50.94 Kcal (213 kJ)
Calories from fat 34.97 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.89g 18%
Cholesterol 1.32mg 1%
Sodium 9.94mg 1%
Potassium 108.58mg 7%
Total Carbs 3.64g 4%
Sugars 1.41g 17%
Dietary Fiber 0.76g 9%
Protein 0.93g 6%
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Iron 0.9mg 15%
Calcium 41.5mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 3.6
  • 4

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • very low sodium,
  • cholesterol free

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