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30th December 2015

What Makes the Perfect Curry?

We think that it’s safe to say that as a leading Indian restaurant in Edinburgh, we know a thing or two about cooking up a delicious, hearty curry- but what is it that makes a curry dish perfect?

With so many variants, each catering to people’s different tastes, you may think that it can be quite difficult to pinpoint what makes a curry so good. However, it’s much simpler than you think. The basic principles of bringing out all those aromatic flavours are generally all the same- no matter what curry you choose!

So, what makes a great curry?

Herbs and Spices

Spices are possibly one of the most important part of a curry as they give the dish their distinct flavouring. The main spices in many of the curry dishes that are available are cumin and coriander seeds, as well as garlic, cardamom and turmeric.

It is also important that the spices that you are using are fresh as older spices can lose flavouring and make the sauce feel more gritty than smooth- not something that anyone would want!

Chillies are also an essential addition to a curry dish, as they are what give a curry heat. They also add different flavour undertones which are dependent on the type of chilli that is used. The trick to adding chilli is to add it a little at a time and taste every so often- it’s easy to add more if it needs it than it is to remove it if you have overdone it!

It may come as a surprise to many of you that there aren’t many herbs used in curry, and if there are, they are usually added nearer the end of the cooking process or used as garnish. The most popular herb that you will notice in your curry will be fresh coriander leaf, but it isn’t uncommon for some dishes to use basil instead.


Oil plays an incredibly important role in a curry as it helps bring the spices together to create a smoother, less harsh mix which balances out the flavour. It also helps to keep any meat which is added to the curry moist and delicious- no one like’s an overly dry curry!

A lot of Indian chefs use ghee in their curry bases, which is a type of clarified butter, but you can use olive or sunflower oil instead!

Onion, Garlic and Ginger

The majority of Indian curries will have some form of onion in them, usually finely chopped and cooked until they are incredibly soft. The cooking of the onion is one of the first steps of creating any curry dish, so that the delicious onion flavour is tasted throughout the dish.

Ginger is usually grated and added to a dish to add another flavour to the mix without overbearing the taste buds, and garlic is a welcome addition to any dish- well, in our opinion anyway!

It does take time to perfect the art of making a delicious curry, so rather than struggle, why not take advantage of the delicious food that we have on offer here at Spice Lounge? To book a table or to find out more information, don’t hesitate to contact us today on 0131 476 9999.