Step 1: Decide what kind of curry you are making. Every curry needs a base. Traditional curry would use a meat base, but the beauty of making a Guyanese Curry is you can kind of add anything. If you are a meat eater I recommend chicken or beef. Nothing too complicated for your first time. If you are vegetarian I would recommend cauliflower, and if you are that rare pescetarian I would recommend shrimp or fish… if you can get your hands on shark, you’re lucky!
Great…. I gave you a second to decide… I hope you have made up your mind.
Step 2: Go to the grocery store and get these ingredients.
- (optional) Scotch Bonnet
- Base – however much you want
- 4 tbsp Garam masala
- ½ tsp Ground cumin
- 3 tbsp Curry powder
- Tomato paste
- (any) oil
- Wooden spoon
Step 3: Great, now that you are back we start the cooking!
(optional) First what we want to do is put half of an onion, 3 cloves of garlic, scotch bonnet pepper, and a bit of thyme into a blender and… blend! Take the paste out and rub your base in the seasoning paste.
Step 4: Combine the Garam Masala, Cumin, and Curry Powder in a bowl and add ⅓ cup boiling water. Stir until it turns to a paste. Set aside.
Step 5: Set the pot at medium heat and add oil. While the pot is heating chop an onion and 3 cloves of garlic. When the pot is warmed up, place the onion and garlic in the pot. Stir constantly until the onion becomes clear. If the onion burns it’s okay… been there, done that.
Step 6: Once the onions are nicely cooked, add the paste to the pot and stir for 2 minutes. This is when it will start smelling really good. Cook well for 3-5 minutes.
Step 7: Place your base in the pot and leave for 5 minutes.
Step 8: Add a cup of water, tomato paste, and chopped potatoes and cover with lid.
There is no time limit to this. A good Guyanese likes there curry thick. Most times when we cook it we leave it on the stove the entire day to really get the flavours going. Buuuuuuuut to each their own. A good Guyanese also knows what they like, so watery or thick, eat it as you wish. When it’s ready you boil your rice and enjoy!