If you love curry, then you’ll love this Curry Simmer Sauce. This sauce is made with a blend of flavorful and aromatic spices. Other ingredients include oil, onion, garlic, and tomatoes. This a quick and easy way to prepare your favorite curry anytime you want!


Curry is one of the most popular flavors nowadays. From Asian cuisines to Indian food and even Jamaican food, to name a few, curry has got its place in all kitchens. And it seems like you can’t have a bowl of rice without some sort of curry.

One of the most common ways of cooking curry is simmering. But it requires substantial time and patience. So mostly we avoid it to make during weekdays. And, especially when we are quite busy and we’re in hurry to make something quick to bring dinner or lunch to the table.

Therefore, I’m going to solve this issue by sharing this curry simmer sauce recipe. This curry simmer sauce will make your weekday meal preparation easy and quick. This recipe is a perfect fusion of Indian spices and flavors with a modern twist on traditional curries. It can be used to make vegetables or lentil curries such as Jamaican-Style Chickpea Curry, Sri Lankan Eggplant Curry, Pea Potato Curry, or Tofu Curry With Cauliflower.

As always, I suggest you read the complete article for useful tips and tricks. However, you can find the detailed recipe with exact ingredients and step-by-step instructions below.

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Why Does This Recipe Work?

  • This curry sauce is a go-to option for a quick lunch or dinner; sauté any vegetables or boil any lentils, mix in the curry sauce, adjust spices, add coconut milk or cream, and you’re done!! This way this ready-made gravy saves your time and effort in everyday cooking.
  • You probably already have some of the components in your pantry or refrigerator. You just need to cook this curry simmer sauce.
  • Did I also mention that it is vegan and gluten-free?
  • It’s extremely useful for a lot of purposes, including working with veggies, rice, and other grains.
  • It’s easily adaptable, so you can add more or less of any spices depending on your personal preference.
  • Compatible with the freezer; stores well for up to six months in the freezer!
  • Saving money – If you keep this sauce on hand, preparing meals will be quick and you won’t need takeout as often.
  • Eases the burden of hosting a dinner party because you may prepare a large quantity of it well in advance and freeze it.
  • If you want to start meal preparing and planning Indian meals, one option is to make a large quantity of this curry simmer sauce.

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  • Water
  • Onion: Whenever making curry, this is a crucial component! Feel free to substitute red, yellow or white onions for the recipe, though I used yellow onions.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes also set a base for the curry sauce. Besides, they also add a tangy flavor to the dish and lift the flavors. You can use either fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes. You may use tomato paste instead.
  • Green chilies: Rich in antioxidants, bring the perfect amount of heat and fragrance to your curry sauce!
  • Garlic cloves: The garlic flavor in curries are to die for!
  • Cayenne Pepper: It imparts a more neutral “peppery” flavor to this curry sauce.
  • Garam masala powder: Adds the perfect aroma and flavor to any curry dish. You can easily find this at any Indian grocery store, it’s a powder mix of all the dry spices.
  • Coriander powder: Coriander powder gives a subtle beautiful aroma and taste.
  • Curry powder: The base of this curry sauce is curry powder. The most amazing flavor-enhancing ingredient without which your curry will be incomplete. It incorporates hot and smokey elements into this dish, which enhances its flavor. Invest in some top-notch curry powder for greater flavor.
  • Salt: Remember to add salt. I used Himalayan pink salt, however, any salt such as sea salt, and table salt can be used.
  • Avocado oil: Any plant-based oil can be used. I used avocado oil for making this curry simmer sauce because of its numerous health benefits.

How To Make Curry Simmer Sauce?

  1. First of all peel the onions and garlic.
  2. In a large pot, add half a liter of water.
  3. Now add all the peeled onions, garlic, onions, and green chilies.
  4. Boil all the vegetables on a medium flame for about 15 minutes or until completely soft.
  5. Now blend all the vegetables with a hand blender or in a regular blender.
  6. Set the blended veggie purée aside.
  7. Take a separate bowl, and add cayenne pepper, coriander powder, garam masala powder, curry powder, and salt.
  8. Add 5-6 tablespoons of water to the dry spices and make a paste.
  9. Keep the paste aside.
  10. Now in a separate pan, heat 6 tablespoons of avocado oil and add the spice paste.
  11. Cook the spice paste for about 30-40 seconds and add in the blender purée of vegetables.
  12. Give it a good mix and cover.
  13. Cook it on low flame for about 20-25 minutes or until oil leaves the masala.
  14. Be careful while cooking the masala, as it bubbles so it’s better to cook it covered.
  15. Let the mixture cool completely, and transfer to glass bottle jars or air-tight containers.
  16. Use as needed. This ready-made gravy saves your time and effort in everyday cooking.

Storage Instructions

  • Transfer the mixture to glass bottles/jars or other airtight containers after letting it cool completely.
  • It is better to store it in a freezer in small containers, so for every meal, you pop one container out of the freezer and prepare your dish.
  • It lasts up to 6 months in the freezer.
  • Refrigerator life can be 5-6 days, make sure to use air-tight sterilized bottles or air-tight containers.

Recipe Notes

  • This batch can easily make 4-5 curries.
  • Always use a fresh clean spoon for the curry paste.
  • This curry sauce is your go-to solution for easy dinner, sauté any veggies or boil any lentils mix in the curry paste, adjust spices add coconut milk or cream and it’s done!!
  • Make it hotter if desired; this curry sauce is made to be mild enough for the entire family. If you desire a spicier dish, add a pinch of cayenne pepper while adding the spices. If you want it to be extremely spicy, you might also add a chili pepper with a higher heat level, such as a tabiche.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Use Curry Simmer Sauce?

It is frequently best to cook the meat, lentils, and veggies at high heat first. Then add the curry sauce, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes on low heat while stirring every few minutes. During this time, you can prepare a salad or even catch up on Instagram.

How Do You Cook With Simmer Sauce?

A quick, delicious lunch for your family may be prepared quickly and healthily using simmer sauces. Simple: Put your preferred combination of veggies, tofu, beef, chicken, or seafood in a skillet, add your prepared curry simmer sauce, stir, cover, and cook at low heat.

What Does Simmer Sauce Mean?

Simmer means medium-low heat, moderate bubbling in the saucepan. Most often used in braises, sauces, and soups. Rapid simmer means medium-to-high heat, active pot bubbling, but little bubbles. Typically used to reduce sauces.

Is This Curry Simmer Sauce Spicy?

This curry sauce is a wonderful option for people who have a limited tolerance for heat because it has a milder heat level. Of course, you may add more fresh or dried chilies to make it as hot as you want.

Which Spices Are Best?

There are no specific rules when it comes to spices, so if you don’t have all the spices listed above, just use what you do have. Just mix and match to make a perfect combo.

After trying a few different options with this recipe, I decided that a pinch of the following spices is a nice addition:

  • Black or white pepper
  • Ground fenugreek seed
  • Curry leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric powder
  • Ginger powder

Does Simmering Thicken Curry?

The liquid won’t have a chance to evaporate if you simmer the sauce at a very low temperature. Curry sauce gets thicker as it simmers, so you have to be patient and let it reach the thickness you want.

Why Do You Simmer Curry?

This will add to the flavor explosion in your finished dish. To ensure that the entire flavors of the spices are released from them, making curries requires a lot of time, patience, and slow cooking. Fry the spices in the oil, then slowly simmer the curry until the meat, chicken, or veggies are done.

The Wrap-Up!

Thanks for reading this blog post on Curry Simmer Sauce. I hope this curry sauce makes your whole week’s meal prep easy.

And, I also hope my recipes inspire you to bring the flavors closer to home.

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Curry Simmer Sauce

Curry Simmer Sauce

If you love curry, then you’ll love this Curry Simmer Sauce. This sauce is made with a blend of flavorful and aromatic spices. Other ingredients include oil, onion, garlic, and tomatoes. This a quick and easy way to prepare your favorite curry anytime you want!
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
Keyword: Curry Simmer Sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 712kcal


  • 2 cups boiling hot water
  • 8 medium onions
  • 6 large tomatoes
  • 6 green chillies
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 tablespoon avocado oil


  • First off all peel onions and garlic.
  • Take a large pot and add in 2 cups of water.
  • Now add in peeled onions, garlic, tomatoes and green chilies.
  • Let the veggies boil for about 15-18 minutes on medium heat.
  • Now blend the boiled veggies in a blender or with the help of a hand blender.
  • Keep the blended veggies aside.
  • Now, make a spice paste.
  • Mix in all the spices in a bowl and add some water to make a paste.
  • Keep the spice paste aside.
  • Now take a pan, heat 6 tbsp avocado oil and fry the spice paste for 30 secs.
  • Now add in the blended veggies and carefully mix as it starts bubbling.
  • Cover and cook on low flame for a about 18-20 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  • Let the cooked sauce cool completely on room temperature.
  • Store the cooked sauce in air tight containers or sterilized glass jars.


Calories: 712kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 30g | Sodium: 3994mg | Potassium: 1718mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 4154IU | Vitamin C: 108mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 4mg