Flavor packed masala curry paste is totally achievable at home with a few ingredients and a food processor. We combined onions, ginger, garlic, garam masala, and a few other of the best herbs and spices to make this versatile paste. The base of many amazing dishes, especially tikka masala, this recipe opens up a world of possibilities for home cooks.
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The Best Tikka Masala Curry Paste
Flavor bomb status y’all. I use this paste for so many dishes. Shrimp tikka masala, palak paneer (Indian spinach curry), regular ol’ red curry with coconut milk. I pretty much make a batch at the beginning of the week and I know that I can eliminate a couple of those stressful “what do I make” evenings. Once the paste is made, all you need to do is pick a protein and a sauce.
This recipe has an optional spicy factor. You can up your spicy game, or leave it for “no spicy”. Since the kids eat this, I put spicy on my own plate only with chili powder or crushed red pepper.
I promise it is even better when your mouth is screaming just a little. If you like to feel tiny beads of sweat on your forehead while you eat, we are BFF’s for life.
HERE ARE THE MASALA RULES:
- Optional spicy factor: you do you boo. Add red chili powder, or crushed red pepper.
- Use 3/4 cup paste for 2 cups of sauce (coconut milk, tomato puree, spinach puree).
- You can substitute chili powder (American chili powder) for smoked paprika if needed.
- Make sure you use the whole bunch of cilantro, the stems are the most flavorful part.
Indian Curry Paste Ingredients
- Onion: Sweet flavor.
- Garlic: Spicy flavor bomb.
- Ginger: That something something.
- Garam Masala: Mix of sweet, hot, and savory spices.
- Turmeric: Gives all that color.
- Cumin: Earthy flavor.
- Coriander Powder: Dried, ground, cilantro.
- Smoked Paprika: Adds a nice smoky flavor.
- Lemon Juice: Fresh and bright, hydrates the paste.
- Cilantro: My bae.
- Salt: Flavor-flave.
- Red Chili Powder (optional): Spicy chili powder made from spicy chilis. Lots of flavor.
How Do You Make Indian Curry Paste for Tikka Masala, etc?
- Put all of the ingredients in a food processor
- Process on high 2 minutes or until all ingredients have formed a paste.
- Mix 3/4 cup paste with 2 cups sauce of choice.
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2 onions, quartered
2″ ginger, peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp garam masala
1 Tbsp turmeric
1 Tbsp cumin
2 tsp coriander powder
3+ tsp smoked paprika
Juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 tsp or more red chili powder (optional)
Combine everything in a food processor
Process on high for two minutes or until a smooth paste forms
Use 3/4 cup paste for every 2 cups of sauce*
- Category: Condiments
- Method: Food Processor
- Cuisine: Indian
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