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Fat-free home-made curry sauce (and an Indian wedding)

on April 8, 2013

I love a good curry, who doesn’t?  Well, some people don’t but frankly I regard such people as freaks and try and avoid them as much as possible.  I’ve yet to fully convince the boys of the wonders of curry but they are putting their tiny toes in the water with milder curries and I’m hoping that in years to come they’ll be as keen as hubby and I on the spicy hot stuff.

Dan and I love curry so much that we had our wedding reception in a currry house.  This came about during a heated discussion about planning the details of the wedding, minor details like ‘where to have it’ – after yet another lacklustre look at a hotel menu I may well have screeched at husband-to-be (or ‘back when I was free and happy’ as he likes to call his former self) ‘well, we might as well just go for a bloody curry then’ to which he retorted ‘yes, that’s a bloody great idea, I want a curry’ – we seethed at each other for a few minutes and then the penny dropped that actually yes, a curry was a bloody great idea.

So we had our wedding reception at Sanam in Rusholme – Manchester’s curry mile.  It is a fantastic restaurant – if you’re up this way then you must go.  Some folks are put off by the fact that it’s not licensed but even the committed booze-hounds that we are feel that the quality of the food and the mango lassi means you don’t even miss the booze at all. 

Planning the wedding was somewhat of an experience.  Not that they weren’t helpful – they were exceedingly efficient and helpful but culturally there were differences.  Us ‘there will be 80 guests’, them ‘we will cook for 100 then’, us ‘but we have only 80 people coming’, them ‘what about the neighbours and friends you invite on the day or the people who just turn up?  At weddings there is always more than 80 people’, us ‘no, our weddings don’t really work like that’, them ‘we’ll cook for 100 and extras then’.  There was a LOT of food.  I shouted to hubby as I wrote this ‘what did we have at our wedding to eat?’ ‘Christ knows, errr, chicken?’ he replied.  Memories.  Etched on his heart forever eh?!

We had bhajis, kebabs, pakora, rice, naan, spicy lamb, chicken tikka, vegetables and some amazing Indian dry rice pudding which was rice flavoured with fruit, cardomon, sugar and nuts.  It was delicious.  We had Sanam’s home made bombay mix on the tables instead of favours and the whole banqueting suite was a Bollywood bling-tastic extravaganza.  No table plans, people sat where they wanted and chatted to who they liked.  Probably everyone says this about their own wedding receptions but it was the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to. 

The next day we were somewhat surprised to receive a call from the owner of the restaurant asking what time we’d be in to pick up the rest of the food.  ‘What rest of food?’ ‘there were lots of leftovers, we cooked too much’ ‘well, we don’t really need any extra food (we said as a BBQ for 100 people started in our garden – fully catered for and shopped for!) – we don’t want it’ ‘well, you must have it – you have paid for it’.  So off husband went to Rusholme only to return with a car FULL and I mean FULL of the most massive tupperwares of curry, rice, pakora etc you have ever seen.  We spent the first month of married life stuffing our faces with curry (not a problem, I was 6 months pregnant – curry with a gaviscon chaser was a winner) and foisting massive amounts of frozen curry portions on our nearest and dearest (and assorted neighbours and other random people that Sanam clearly thought we should have invited to the wedding!)

The only thing about curry is that it is somewhat lardy normally,  or ghee-y, either way – it makes you a bit podgy if you eat too much of it.  So I’ve recently adapted this weightwatchers curry sauce recipe.  It’s fab – either eat it on it’s own or use it as a base for a super quick and healthy home-made curry tea.  Add prawns, chicken, lamb, veg – whatever you like.  I like to garnish mine with a squeeze of lime juice and some fresh coriander.  It’s not quite the sumptuous Indian feast we had on our wedding but still pretty good.

Recipe – home made fat free curry sauce


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped small
  • 2.5 cm piece of ginger grated
  • 600 ml veg stock
  • 2 x 400g tins of tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons medium curry powder (use mild or hot if you prefer)
  • 3 tablespoons mango chutney

Heat 100ml of the veg stock in a pan with the chopped onion – cook with a lid on for 5 minutes or until soft.  Add the garlic, ginger and curry powder and cook for another 2 minutes.  Add the rest of the stock and the mango chutney and the tomatoes – stir well and simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes.  Season with a pinch of salt.

Then blend the sauce  – I used my hand held stick blender but you can do it in a food processor or even leave it chunky if you like.

We’ve had this served with biryani rice or as a base for a curry.  I like it with prawns and yellow pepper (for this I dry fried some yellow pepper cut chunky with a chopped chili and some spring onion and then added the curry sauce and some king prawns and some frozen peas and cooked for about 5 minutes – hey presto – quick spicy low fat curry)

This sauce is spicy but not too hot, I think you can then add extra chili when you serve it or even cool it down with some coconut milk.

It makes 6 adult portions (froze perfectly into 3 takeaway sized containers) and for those weightwatchers followers it’s only 1 propoint per person (which is dead low in fat and calories for those not on a diet!)




2 responses to “Fat-free home-made curry sauce (and an Indian wedding)

  1. Teacakebiscuit says:

    Brilliant. We had our reception in a pub 🙂

    • Well played. Sounds like an excellent reception! We did have an evening reception after the curry in a bar (although I was 5 months pregnant and not drinking everyone else got very merry!!)

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