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This is a recipe for a chippy curry sauce that you can make in the time it takes to cook a pot of rice. It's based on a Thai-style curry with lots of fresh herbs and spices, but I've broken out

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How to make chippy curry sauce

Chips and curry sauce is a favorite late night snack in Ireland and England. When I say chips I am referring to the Irish equivalent to steak fries accompanied by a sweet, spicy curry sauce.

A side dish of curry sauce with Irish chips or French fries

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How to Make an Irish Style Curry Sauce for Chips or French Fries

This chip sauce is different to a regular Indian curry. It has fewer veggies and is slightly less hot and spicy, with a satisfying sweet flavor.

I received an e-mail from a reader a few weeks past. She requested I share my curry sauce recipe which I mentioned when I showed you how to make perfect Irish chips.

She first tasted this unique combination on a trip to my homeland. A waiter suggested she try curry sauce with her fries and she loved it. She savored this treat many more times before returning to the US, where ever since she has been searching for a recipe to help revive her tasty memories of Ireland.

And remember, this is a perfect side for serving with beer battered fish.

a Knorr packet of medium curry sauce instant mix

This may not be gourmet food, but in Ireland chip shops make gallons of curry sauce to satisfy their hungry customers. I confess I never bothered making it from scratch when I lived in Ireland. There didn’t seem to be any point, when it could be so easily found at the local chipper, or made by simply adding hot water to a dried, powdery concoction of who knows what. I am pretty certain that’s how chip shops create their signature sauces too.

Once I moved to America I discovered curry sauce was not to be found. I needed to create my own homemade version to satisfy my curry cravings. So today, here is my recipe for chip shop curry sauce.

Raisins and apples for sweet curry sauce and other ingredients

Here you’ll find a quick list of what you’ll need for this recipe. Check out the printable recipe at the bottom of this post for US and Metric equivalent versions of the recipe. There you can choose the measurement system that works best for you.

Directions for Curry Sauce:

Here you’ll find step-by-step photographic instructions to help you recreate this recipe successfully. There are plenty of tips included along the way.

Spices in a ramekin for curry sauce

Next step is to prepare the spice blend for the sauce. In a small bowl or ramekin add the curry powder, turmeric, cumin, ground coriander seed, and cinnamon. I love the browns and tans of the spices in the bowl.

I use Sharwoods hot curry powder which I can buy in my local Meijers supermarket. If you prefer a lower spicy, heat level then use an American mild curry powder. The difference is significant.

Hot oil with onions in a pan for sweet curry sauce

Add the oil to a large skillet over medium to high heat. Add the onions and saute for 4 minutes. Caramelized onions add delicious sweetness to the sauce.

apples in a pan with onions for sweet curry sauce

Next add the peeled and diced apple to the pan and saute for another 2 minutes.

minced ginger and garlic with onions for curry sauce

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Toss in the minced garlic and ginger.

A mound of curry spices in a skillet of onions for curry sauce

Next comes the aromatic spice blend.

Curry powder and spices being added to frying vegetables for curry sauce

Mix the spices and onions together as they cook for another minute.

Flour is used to thicken curry sauce

Flour is my sauce thickener of choice. Cook it over medium heat for 2 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan as you combine the mixture completely.

Flour being added to frying onions for curry sauce

The flour can burn and stick to the bottom of the pan very easily. See how my pan is getting a little crusty looking. That’s because I stopped stirring to take a photo.

Now lets get saucy. Gradually add the stock while you constantly stir the mixture to prevent lumps forming. Scrape the bottom of the pan as you mix everything together. Bring it to a boiling point, then reduce the heat so the sauce is just simmering.

Worcestershire sauce being added to a pan of curry sauce

Now comes my secret ingredient. I add a teaspoon of worcestershire sauce, not a typical curry requirement. I just love the extra dimension it adds to the exotic flavors of this sauce.

Adding tomato paste to curry sauce for chips

A hint of sweetness is next. Add the tomato paste and two teaspoons of sugar. Season with salt and pepper and mix everything together. Simmer the sauce for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Some cooks like to add a teaspoon of lemon juice at this point, but I prefer not to detract from the sweetness of my curry sauce. Feel free to try it if you want to add a little freshness at the end.

A blender filled with curry sauce to puree

Decision time has now arrived. To blitz or not to blitz that is the question.

If you prefer a textured sauce with lumps of apple and caramelized onion then skip this step. In our house there is no skipping a little spin in the blender. My husband likes onion flavor, but detests their texture, so I always make a smooth curry sauce.

Before blending turn the heat off under the pan and allow the sauce to cool a little. This is a precautionary step just in case of blender accidents. Sticky, boiling curry sauce can easily burn. Believe me – I know. I’ve had a few blender explosions in my day. I now always hold the lid down with a dish towel when I switch the beast on.

When ready pour the sauce into the blender and blitz until smooth (1 to 2 minutes depending on how powerful your blender is).

Raisins being added to curry sauce

Return the sauce to the pan and turn the heat back on. Time for another decision – to add raisins or not. I love the sweet surprise of golden raisins in this spicy sauce. If you decide to go with them, then just toss them in and stir them around.

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Then you’re ready to serve your spicy sauce with perfectly golden chips or fries.

Just one more decision to make.

Curry sauce poured over a serving of Irish chips or french fries

Do you pour your sauce all over the top of your chips?

A dish of Irish chips with a side of curry sauce

Or do you prefer to dip your chips? Big, big decisions!

But what ever your final eating style, just enjoy.

Here’s the printable recipe:

Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.

Slán agus beannacht,

(Goodbye and blessings)

Irish American Mom

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