There's something that really irks us when we read over a new curry recipe and see "curry paste, found in the international aisle" listed as one of the ingredients. Not only have we rarely found curry paste at any grocery store, but this seems like something we should be able to make ourselves. Apparently Jamie Oliver agrees!
We recently discovered Jamie Oliver's instructions for five basic Indian curry pastes on his website and did a little dance for joy. These recipes call for ingredients that aren't too much trouble to find (fenugreek seeds might be the most exotic), and are easily prepared in a food processor or blender. They make enough for one batch of curry, but could easily be doubled or tripled to make extra to have on hand for later.
Now we're no experts and these may not be the most authentic curry paste recipes ever, but they certainly get the job done. So far we've tried the korma and the tikka masala, and had fine results with both. For certain these are a far sight better than any jarred sauces we've tried over the years.
Do you make your own curry paste?
Get the Recipes: Easy Homemade Curry Pastes from Jamie Oliver
Related: From the Spice Cupboard: Curry Powder and Its Alternatives
(Image: David Loftus/Jamie Oliver.com)