This is one of our most-often-made and favourite curries, published in our first book ‘Monday Morning Cooking Club – the food, the stories, the sisterhood’ (2011).
This tried and tested family recipe comes from Sydney home cook Hilda Elais, who wrote this in 2011:
I remember with great nostalgia my childhood in India, and the intoxicating smell of spices filling the night air. Mummy cooked the food of her country so well – curry, dahl and many other dishes. When she moved to London, she introduced these dishes to the many English Jews in her neighbourhood who, along with her own eight children, loved her food.
My mother used to say that she cooked with love, which is why I think her food tasted so good. I followed her ways, and started to cook for my four daughters with just as much love. I do try to cook as many of her dishes as possible, to help keep her memory alive. This way, she will always be with us.
Indian curry utilises many of the traditional Indian spices and, in my opinion, is the best curry in the world, but i always thought it was funny that curries are eaten so often in such a hot country! Nobody really taught me how to cook this dish; I just experimented with different spice combinations after watching my mother for many years. I made it badly at first, but I’ve had forty years to perfect it.
If you’re looking for more delicious warming recipes for winter, have you tried our pasta e patate soup?
And if you love curries, check out this list from Delicious for more curry inspo.
For something sweet to follow your curry, have a look at this do-ahead dried fruit Kompot.