madras curry paste in a jar

Tom Kerridge’s madras curry paste

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 3 mins


Makes enough for 3 curries

Make a heady homemade madras using this easy recipe for curry paste, bursting with spices like chilli and cumin. It's freezable, too, so you can make ahead

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal17
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars0.1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.02g
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  • 3 tbsp cumin seeds



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  • 3 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 star anise
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  • 1⁄2 tsp chilli powder
  • 4 tbsp garam masala
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    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

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  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 1⁄2 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 1 green chilli, sliced
  • 1 bunch coriander, chopped
  • 200g jar roasted peppers


  1. Toast all the spices in a frying pan, then leave to cool. Tip into a spice grinder and blend to a fine powder, then add the tamarind paste, vinegar, cinnamon stick, chilli, coriander and roasted peppers. Blend to a coarse paste, then transfer to a container. Can be made a day ahead. Now try using this spice paste to make our venison madras.

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