Curry is any dish which is part gravy and part meat, vegetables, or lentils. Curries are a common dish in several countries, including India, Japan, and Thailand. Curry seasoning methods vary from region to region, even within the same country, and flavor profiles range from mild and sweet to bold and fiery. One thing is for sure, though, curry pastes, spice rubs, and sauces can turn a plain ol’ plate of vegetables into something truly amazing! While it is certainly possible for you to make your own curry spice blends and curry pastes at home, there are also several products you can buy that will make your curry cooking faster and easier. And nowadays, you can find a lot of them online! Here are 15 that will take your curry to the next level.
1. Maya Kaimal Madras Curry Indian Simmer Sauce
Maya Kaimal Madras Curry Indian Simmer Sauce is an easy way to add a bold taste to your dishes. The tropical flavors of South India are captured in this zesty sauce from the Chettinad region, near Madras, India. Deep flavors of black pepper and coriander are balanced with aromatic coconut milk and curry leaves. Maya Kaimal suggests using this sauce while you marinate vegetables and then pairing it with some Basmati rice. Amazon reviewers report using it to turn simple leftovers, like rice and chickpeas, into an authentic Indian dish. Get one jar for $9.
2. S&B Golden Curry Japanese Spice Mix
S&B Golden Curry Japanese Spice Mix is a super simple way to get genuine Japanese flavor in your cooking. Made primarily from wheat flour, oils, curry spices, and a bit of sugar, this mix creates a gravy-like stew that they suggest pouring over rice and veggies. To make it, add the spice mix with a bit of water in the pan you’re using to marinate veggies or a rice cooker and your kitchen will soon be enveloped in warm and inviting spices. As one reviewer relayed, this mild variety has just the right amount of curry that will elevate the flavors of the vegetables, as opposed to mask them. Another reviewer, from Japan, gives this mix their seal of approval, commenting “this stuff is the real deal.” Sounds pretty official to us. One box is a little over six dollars.
3. Spicemode Indian Spice Rub Combo Pack
Spicemode Indian Spice Rub Combo Pack comes with three different varieties of seasoning: Vindaloo Fire made with cumin, peppercorn, and chile flake; Masala Herb made with garlic, lemon, zest and spearmint; and Tandoori Smoke made with paprika, coriander, and cardamom. It’s suggested that you rub these spices on vegetables, tofu, or soy based chicken right before cooking (or overnight) for a rich and bold kick to your dish. The nice packaging doesn’t hurt either. At $30, each artisan jar comes out to about $10.
4. Chef’s Choice Red Curry Paste
Chef’s Choice Red Curry Paste is an excellent product to add to your Thai seasoning arsenal. Aromatic herbs such as lemongrass, Thai ginger, and fresh red chilis are harvested at their peak of freshness and carefully blended with fragrant spices for a nice balance of flavors, without the need for shrimp paste, MSG, artificial colors, or preservatives. People usually use red curry paste as a stir-fry seasoning, a soup base, or with coconut milk to create a Thai curry. Or they just add a teaspoon to marinades for a bit of spiciness. For $6.50 you get 14 ounces which should last a while. At least that’s what reviewers are saying.
5. A Taste of Thai Yellow Curry Paste
For a tangy curry paste with a sweet undertone, try A Taste of Thai Yellow Curry Paste. It’s made with garlic, chili, sugar, onion, lemongrass, paprika, cumin, lime, and ginger, among other spices. Directions on the package say to simply mix this paste in with your favorite vegetables and rice and add a bit of coconut milk. The package is resealable and will stay good for up to three months in the fridge, even after opening. This bulk-order gives you six resealable packages for just a little over $11. Dinner made easy!
6. Living Well Foods Ginger Curry
Sometimes it’s nice to come home after a long day and be able to make dinner in a quick fifteen minutes. Living Well Foods Ginger Curry is a product that makes this dream into a reality. That’s right, with this versatile sauce, in less than twenty minutes, you can make a flavorful and aromatic meal. Each package comes with a mild curry spice blend, fresh ginger, and lentils slow-cooked in tomato sauce with a touch of coconut milk. This bulk order breaks down to just $3 a packet.
7. Spicemode Vindaloo Cooking Sauce
Spicemode Vindaloo Cooking Sauce is a handmade seasoning sauce made in small batches by Chef and Spicemode founder Amar Singh. This beautifully packaged product is gluten-free, low-fat, and low-calorie. It’s a spicy, sweet and bold mix of a dozen spices and three different types of chilies. According to Spicemode, this vindaloo sauce is ideal for slow cooking, spicy stir fries, or enjoying straight out of the jar on a piece of crunchy bread. No extra seasoning or salt needed with this one! This three-pack comes out to $10 a jar.
8. Sukhi’s Classic Indian Curry Sauce
Sukhi’s Classic Indian Curry Sauce is made by celebrated Chef-Teach Sukhi Singh and brings traditional Indian flavor to any dish you add it to. This gluten and MSG free sauce is made from a mixture of tomato paste, canola oil, onion, spices, garlic curry paste, paprika, and turmeric. Amazon reviewers all seem to agree that this sauce is yummy and makes dinner a breeze! One reviewer even gave this product ten stars out of five! That’s enthusiasm. You can get six packets of this sauce for about $4 each.
9. Stonewall Kitchen Curried Mango Grille Sauce
Stonewall Kitchen Curried Mango Grille Sauce is ideal for adding delicious tangy flavor to your dishes while you cook without having to cook a full-fledged curry. To use, Stonewall Kitchen says you can simply brush this product onto your vegetables, tofu, or seitan and cook with your desired method or use it for stir-fries or simply serve it on the side as a dip for dishes like tofu skewers. You get one 11-ounce bottle for a little under $9.
10. Saffron Road Simmer Sauce Three-Pack
If you’re looking for a meal that takes minutes to make but is still delicious look no further than Saffron Road Simmer Sauce. This three-pack comes with three different sauce packs at varying heat levels. Whether you choose Thai Red Curry, Korean Stir Fry, or Korma, all you have to do is mix this product in with your favorite vegetables for some tasty added flavor. And this trio of sauces is only a little over $20. Not too bad for three meals!
11. Chef’s Choice Green Curry Paste
Made in Thailand and with just ten ingredients, Chef’s Choice Green Curry Paste is a healthy and preservative-free option for your Indian cooking. This paste is made from green chili, lemongrass, garlic, onion, lime, and spices and comes in a convenient resealable container. Unlike many curry pastes on the market, Chef’s Choice leaves out the shrimp paste and MSG. At $6.50 for a 14-ounce tub, we’d say this is a good deal.
12. Sambar Kitchen Gourmet Rice and Cooking Sauce
Sambar Kitchen Gourmet Rice and Cooking Sauce is a cholesterol-free and low-fat seasoning option for all of your Indian curries. These mixes are made primarily from tomato paste, onion, and peppers, and then depending on which flavor you choose – Tomato, Mango Coconut, or Lemon – a different array of spices. One Amazon reviewer shared that they add this sauce to practically everything! With this bulk pack, each jar comes out to about $5.
13. S&B Curry Sauce With Vegetables
S&B Curry Sauce With Vegetables makes for a super fast dinner! Each packet is just a little over $2 and comes with potatoes, onions, and carrots in a rich, tasty curry sauce that is on the mild side. With this bulk purchase, you’ll get ten packets. Save these for those nights that you simply can’t bring yourself to cooking an all-out meal. That’s ten easy dinners!
14. Sukhi’s Tikka Masala Curry Sauce
Sukhi’s Tikka Masala Curry Sauce is a luscious and creamy tomato curry gravy that traditionally goes over chicken and rice but also goes perfectly over a bed of rice and steamed vegetables. Normally you’d have to mix milk in to make this curry sauce creamy, but as one Amazon reviewer pointed out, you can easily achieve the same flavor by making a delicious cashew cream from home. Here you get six packs for just a little over $25.
15. Thai Kitchen Thai Chili and Ginger Sauce
Sweet and tangy with only a slight bite of spice, Thai Kitchen Thai Chili and Ginger Sauce is great for those who love the flavors of Thai food but don’t necessarily want all of the heat. This sauce is gluten-free, vegan, and doesn’t contain any artificial flavors. Oh and they’re just $3 a bottle when purchased in bulk! Thai Kitchen recommends that you add this right onto your vegetables as they’re cooking or drizzle on top right before serving. Either way, you’ll get a lovely flavor with delicate heat. Adding the flavors of India, Japan, and Thailand curry into your cooking has never been easier. Which product will you try first? Tell us in the comments! Lead Image Source: Super Simple Potato Curry