Traditional Indian dish called vindaloo is not for the weak of heart. In a fiery-red sauce flavored with strong, rich curry flavors, chunks of chicken or meat are slow-cooked to the ideal level of tenderness.
How to Prepare the perfect Vindaloo Sauce

Is it hot? Hell yeah, that's how it should be! It's difficult to surpass this for devoted curry aficionados.

Serve alongside naan to mop up spills and yogurt to put out a fire.


What distinguishes vindaloo from curry?

By adding vinegar, potatoes, and chili peppers to the typical "medium (spiciness)" restaurant curry, vindaloo served in restaurants in the United Kingdom is not the same as the vindaloo dish as it is known in India.


What flavor does vindaloo have?

In contrast to the delectable Butter Chicken and Tikka Masala, vindaloo delivers a powerful blow to the brain! A generous amount of Kashmiri chilli powder, a crucial ingredient in vindaloo, gives the dish flavor, heat, and its renowned deep red color. Cumin, coriander, cardamom, a little cinnamon, and a few more warm spices are also present. Last but not least, a distinctive vinegar tang is a Vindaloo flavor that balances the curry and gives it substance.

It's hot, powerful, and intense! If you're curious about how hot it is, I'd rate it a 7 out of 10. Those who are used to spicy food will no doubt consume this without getting hot under the collar. Despite my boast of being a huge fan of spicy food, I actually can't tolerate it and don't find this Vindaloo to be particularly hot.


Vindaloo Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yields: 1 - 2



  • Rapeseed (canola) oil, 2 tablespoons
  • 3 bruised green cardamom pods
  • 1 Star anise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic-ginger paste
  • 2 finely chopped green bird's eye chillies
  • 2 freshly chopped chilli
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground turmeric
  • Kashmiri chili powder, 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon mixed powder
  • 70ml (1/4 cup) of tomato purée 
  • 300ml (1 1/4 cups) bottom sauce
  • White wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon
  • Fenugreek leaves, 1/2 tsp (kasoori methi)
  • 1 peeled, pre-cooked potato
  • Coriander (cilantro): 1 tablespoon, finely chopped
  • Salt as desired



  1. Cardamom pods, star anise, and bay leaf are added to the hot oil after it has been heated to a medium-high temperature. Add the garlic ginger paste after giving these ingredients around 30 seconds to seep into the oil.

  2. Once the oil has been infused with spices, add all of the chopped chillies and stir in the garlic-ginger paste. Add the ground spices after around 30 seconds and continue to fry for an additional 30 seconds.

  3. This phase could make your pan appear a little bit dry. Bring to a simmer after adding the tomato puree and about half of the base sauce. If it appears that the sauce is sticking to the pan, stir only then.

  4. You might now include your preferred primary component, such as chicken, lamb, or paneer. Alternatively, you may simply continue preparing the sauce and add a key ingredient when you reheat it for serving.

  5. Rub the fenugreek leaves between your fingers before adding the vinegar. Add the cooked potato and coriander as garnishes (cilantro).

  6. To taste, add salt to the dish.


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