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About Great Curry Recipes

Welcome to my world of great curry recipes!

Hi – I’m Dan – and I love Indian food and curries.

Each of these ‘great curry recipes‘ have been written by me. I am a freelance food writer/blogger and occasional special events chef based in North Yorkshire England. These recipes have all been tested – some hundreds of times – by me in my own home kitchen.

I was born and raised in California where I was introduced to great food young. My grandfather passed down to me all of the family recipes while I was growing up and so began a love for cooking that has made life very enjoyable and tasty too.

After learning and cooking each of our family recipes, I began to experiment with Mexican and Chinese cooking. I loved the spices and different techniques used and carefully set out to learn and memorise the different flavours and techniques.

Indian curries or should I say Indian food is now my cuisine of choice. Barely a day goes by where I do not make a curry of some kind. I love to experiment with flavours and give traditional Indian recipes new life.

My blog is a collection of recipes both authentic and Indian restaurant style. Whether you’re looking for traditional Indian, Pakistani and bangladeshi recipes OR you want to learn all your curry house favourites, you’ll find the recipes here!


Keep These Great Curry Recipes Great by Using the freshest Ingredients!


Do not worry too much about getting the measure exactly right. Once you begin to experiment – as I have done – and learn the flavours of the different ingredients, you will be able to create these great curry recipes without the use of a recipe.

I have been served some amazing dishes by top curry chefs around the world. No two dishes are the same. One chef’s lamb rogan josh will taste different to another chef’s lamb rogan josh.

Follow my great curry recipes and you will learn that part of the fun of cooking great Indian cuisine is putting a bit of yourself into the dish by your use of different spices and herbs. That is what I find so fun about this amazing cuisine.

If there is one thing I could recommend to ensure your dishes taste great, it is to use locally reared produce, fish and meat whenever possible. I love going to farmers markets to source my food because I know the quality of the food will be much higher than what you can find in the large supermarkets.

I would love to hear from you. Please try my Indian recipes and let me know what you think. Have you improved them in any way? Feel free to share.


Here’s to Great Curry Recipes



79 Responses to “About Great Curry Recipes”

  1. ash says:

    hi dan, my websites down at the moment, grrr. have it sorted soon. Im writing you a recipe and ill send it soon as ive finished. Your webbys looking good by the way!

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Thanks for the update Ash. I have almost finished my recipe for you. Keep in touch and let me know when your site is up and running again.

  2. LaToya S. says:

    Hello! It’s nice to meet someone who loves Indian food as much as I do. I could eat Indian food every single day. I actually tried for a short period of time, but I could tell my family wanted to eat something else and I had to realize that not everyone loves this wonderful cuisine as much as I do!

    Great blog.

  3. Papa Djabs says:

    Fantastic recipe for clam curry, very unusual.

  4. Geeta says:

    Hi Dan,

    What a fun, delicious year you must be having! If you ever find yourself in Washington, DC, I’d love to share Gujarati and Jain dishes with you at my supper club.


    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Geeta

      I definitely will! I just checked out your site and it looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  5. Pam says:

    Just purchased the new Tandoori Seasoning by Mohini Indian Fusions from Turlock, CA. Very good. I can send you some or wait until you are in California again.

  6. Lynne says:

    Hi Dan, I just found you on Twitter and followed you.
    I would love for you to do a guest post on my Blog, I’m in Australia so maybe you could devise a curry for us Aussies Lamb maybe NOT kangaroo lol,
    look forward to hearing back from you, cheers Lynne

  7. Julie Scutt says:

    Hi Dan
    Have you thought of putting a ‘stock cupboard’ list on your website? I love curries, but cooking one often means going out to buy stuff I should probably have in already! So what would you suggest as a basic stock cupboard? Living near an Asian supermarket, when I go in I get flummoxed! particularly when I look at some of the vegetables, which look weird and wonderful but would love to know what to do with them.
    Your website is very informative!

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Thank you Julie

      I used to have a stock cupboard page but it appears to have gone missing. I’m going to find and post it again. Over the next few months I’m going to write recipes for some of those strange vegetables. Some are reaally nice.

  8. Jon Ring says:

    Hi Dan, I really like your website. I currently live in Australia but originate from the Emerald Isle. like you I was young (19) when I went to live in England in the 80’s. I lived in Luton for 14 years. Having been weaned on Irish food all my life I wanted to try something new – just what is that gorgeous aroma coming from the Indian Restaurant. Well a few lagers later in an English pub I could not resist. These Bangladeshi guys (best chefs) knocked me up a fantastic Meat Ceylon, a Pilau rice and a tandoori naan. This fueled a passion in me that has never been quenched. My tip to you is use a good pinch of “ajowan” in your base gravy sauce it gives a whole new layer to the curry. Take care, Jon.

  9. Jon Ring says:

    Hi Dan, me again. I notice in your large repertoire of curries that there is no “Tandoori Trout”. Using your tandoori paste marinade the trout (run diagonal cuts down each side of the fish), with natural yoghurt, for 24 hours in a clean plastic bag. Massage the bag gently every few hours. 20 minutes or so in a very hot oven and serve with wedge of lemon, salad and mint sauce. Yummy!

  10. Kathryn says:

    I popped on to twitter this morning to find your follow which led me to your blog! I love it. Your passion and excitement is infectious and makes me want to cook one of your curry recipes straight away. I love your encouragement to involve your own personality in the recipes . Indian recipes can often be a little daunting and the way you talk about them here makes me feel the total opposite! I will be a regular to your blog and plan to get my curry on very soon!

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Thank you so much for that Kathryn.

      That means a lot coming from you. I love your blog. Your writing style and pics are great! I can assure you I will be a regular reader of your blog too.

      Thanks for stopping by and if you ever have any questions about my recipes, please ask. :)

  11. Deepa says:

    Dan. Really nice to see your recipes. Btw, are you in SF bay area? I recently moved here and have been hearing a lot about the Curry Trucks (CurryUpNow). But I’ve heard other not-so-good things as well (

    I’d like to hear your opinion about the truck and if you’d recommend it .


  12. Rachel K says:

    Hi Dan

    Love the site. Since I now regard you as a bit of a guru on all things curry related, I wonder if you can help me out. I had a curry this weekend (in Kidderminster) and they had a series of dishes on the menu called “haandis”. I am assuming that this is a type of cooking vessel and a style of cooking but I can’t find out much else about these curries. Also assuming that they are probably from northern Indian sub-continent . . . any advice or pointers would be very gratefully received! :)

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Rachel

      Thank you very much for your nice words and for your question.

      You are right, a haandi is a cooking vessel – a flared bottom pot to be exact. It is not a cooking style to my knowledge.

      If you see a dish on an Indian menu such as murgh (chicken) haandi, it simply means ‘chicken cooked in a flared bottomed pot.

      I think you are right about haandis originating in northern India but they are used all over India now. Hope that helps.

      Sounds like it must have been a nice restaurant.


  13. Rob says:

    Hi Dan,
    Your recipes are an inspiration! I moved to central Bulgaria from Edinburgh, Scotland a few years back – I really miss being able to simply pop out for a good curry!
    So I’ve been applying myself to cooking a wide a range of curries, with the help of some of your recipes…
    Now with the help of friends who own a small cafe in my village, we run a monthly curry-night, serving a starter, three curries with rice & naan and dessert to (every time so far) a fully-booked restaurant of 16 mostly ex-pat brits! It’s become a great night on the local social calendar – I’ll try your latest naan recipe at next week’s event…
    Keep up the good work!

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Rob

      Thank you very much for that. Really glad you like and are able to use some of my recipes. Please let me know if you every have any questions.


  14. Edwin says:

    I found some of your recipes in ezine articles quite interesting.
    Do you mind if you include your recipes in my upcoming ebook?
    I will not change any word and I will link back to your website.
    This way you will have more people coming to your website.
    Please contact me via email whether you allow me or not.

    Looking forward to your reply,

  15. Shweta says:

    I’m Indian and even though I’ve eaten Indian food all my life, I’ve learned cooking from your recipes. Totally Love them :)

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Thank you very much for that Shweta!

      I’m really glad you’ve found my blog of use. It would be great if we could keep in touch.


  16. Anita says:

    Hi Dan, Its so good to see a web site like yours with such tasty food, I will be trying your chilli garlic chicken, which is mine and my partners fav, really looking forward in cooking more too. Keep up the good work and keep them coming…..Thank you Anita x

  17. judith dunville says:

    Hi Dan
    Do you have a recipe for sri lanka curry sauce which is served in many res taurants and take aways , it is usually hot and sour and made with coconut and served with lemon wedges.
    Loved your gravy sauce recipe and made a madras with it , Very impressed with your site!
    Kind regards

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Judith

      Thank you very much for your nice words. I do have some really good Sri Lankan recipes but I haven’t typed them up yet. I hope to be posting them really soon. Have you subscribed to my blog? I imagine I will have a couple online with photographs within the next couple of weeks.


  18. Steve says:

    Hi Dan, great site! Tried to down load your app onto iPad, all you get is the front page, when you add to front screen. Can you get it from the app store?

    Thanks Steve

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Steve

      Thanks for asking. It is still early days with the app. I will try downloading onto and iPad and see if I have any better luck. The app isn’t available yet but I am working on it.


  19. Steve says:

    Hi Dan, thanks for the reply, don’t work to hard. Take some time to enjoy your recipes!


  20. Dave says:

    Great curry recipes and love your website.wish my own was as professional looking as yours.Keep up the good work bringing us recipes for what I believe is the tastiest food in the world.
    Dave at How To Cook The Perfect Curry

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Dave

      Great to find another curry blogger. I just tried to access your site but it wouldn’t open. Could you send me the link again? I’d love to see it. Thanks.

  21. Simon says:

    Dan – your food blog is fantastic. I can’t believe how many different curry recipes you’ve been able to put on here!

  22. Mark says:

    Dan: We run a small Inn at Berlin, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore. I discovered Tiffin boxes last year and bought a couple and thought to set up a lunch delivery service in town. Your recipes have helped to develop a Sampler Series of menus for folks willing to try this experiment. So far, response has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic.
    You never know; this idea might fly. Thanks for your fun website and boundless imagination!

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Thank you very much Mark or that. I’m really glad you like the site and that the tiffins are working for you. I think I need to get myself over to Maryland!

  23. Richard B says:

    In San Francisco – Lahore Karahi. It’s sort of a hole-in-the-wall looking place but the best Indian food I’ve had in the Bay Area. There’s a couple decent places in the Mission too.

    Dan. I cook a decent amount of curries so sometimes I veer away from the typical recipes. I tried something inspired by orange spice tea. Add some orange juice to a chicken curry and be generous with the ground pepper, cloves and cinnamon. Toss in a bit Turmeric and Paprika for coloring at the end.

  24. Carolyn C says:

    In Burgundy, France – supposedly the gastronomic centre of the country and not a decent curry to be found! Slightly unfair criticism perhaps but I am SO SO SO delighted to find your website. I’m constantly on the web looking for good Indian recipes, but you offer everything I could possibly hope for on one site. Fabulous job. It’s also great to see comments and suggestions from other fans/fanatics….

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Carolyn

      Really happy that you found my site and that you like the recipes. I’ll keep posting more. Be sure to keep in touch and thank you for leaving a comment. Dan

  25. daved says:

    hi there dan im from yorkshire myself i wonder if you could do a meat keema like thay make in bradford meny thanks daved

  26. Hi Dan! I love your site – I found it through the link Farmer’s Choice gave to your Goat Paya (which I made tonight and was utterly fantastic). I see you’re not afraid to experiment and I was wondering if you’d ever found an enticing recipe for a wild boar curry? With the ‘official’ game season getting its gears ready and FC also offering boar, I’m quite intrigued to hear if you’ve ever seen or made a recipe that, you felt, was worthy?

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Juls

      Thanks for stopping by my site. I’m really glad you liked the recipe. I have cooked with wild boar. It is great for Goan style curries. I’ll make a few soon and post them on my site. Thanks for reminding me. :-)

  27. Mike says:

    Hi Dan!

    Any news on the app? Have searched without joy. In other news tried your monkfish curry out on a friend the other night with incredible results. You are my hero….


    • Dan Toombs says:

      Thanks Mike. I haven’t been working on the app lately. I’ll have to pick that project up again. Really glad you liked the recipe! Thanks for giving it a try.


  28. Tom says:


    Just wanted to great recipes. Cooked the tikka masala and it was really nice.


  29. Will Roscoe says:

    Keep up the great work, Dan.
    Autumn is approaching and it’s getting a tad colder here so I’ll be trying a lot more of your recipes since the first one I cooked was a blinder.

    Cheers and thanks, Will

  30. Cecilia says:


    I am poking through your site and am excited to start cooking with your recipes. As I live in sunny California, can you explain what the difference is between BIR and authentic Indian cuisine is? I’ve had many types and styles of Indian food throughout the US but have never heard of BIR.

    Thanks so much.

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Cecilia

      Good question really. Authentic Indian food is great. It’s the reason I started my blog. BIR (British Indian restaurant) style recipes are different. BIR is a style of cooking that started with Indian immigrants to the UK about a hundred years ago. The cooking style as we know it became popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s. It is really good and tastes different to authentic Indian food. Most of the original Indian chefs that opened restaurants were self taught. They started a new style of food. Hope you have a chance to try some of the recipes.


  31. I love how enthusiastic you are about curry… I too love it!
    Keep up the good work – I will be trying out some of your recipes at some point and will let you know how I get on!

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Rebecca

      Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to let me know how the recipes work for you. I always love feedback. :-)


  32. Hi Dan,

    Great to read about you. Finally I found my way to your website. Awesome collection of recipe. I am sure I will be back for more.

  33. Terence says:

    Hi Dan,

    I saw your recipes (somewhere) quite a few years back. I was born in Birmingham UK, so really know about that British style curry that has it’s own special flavour. I now live in Canada. Anyway, I finally got to do a curry your style with the masala gravy. Fantastic! I’ve spent years in bed with Madjhur Jaffry (not literally) and this is so much simpler and easily as good. Just a quick question: do you ever pre-cook the meat or do you always simmer it in the sauce? I imagine Indian restaurants would have to do the former to save time. Thanks!

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Terence

      Thank you for making contact. When cooking British Indian restaurant meals I usually use cooked meat. I have recipes on my site and in my book for pre-cooked meat. If I’m just making a curry for my family I usually cook from raw but if cooking for a big group, cooked meat is the way to go!



  34. Vikki says:

    Hi Dan,

    I went to the amazing Table Talk on Saturday night also. In my opinion the best in the north east! I found your page through their Facebook and I am looking forward to trying some of your recipes :)


    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Vikki

      Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog! My wife Caroline and I loved Table Talk. So nice to have it so close by. I’ll be posting some of their excellent recipes on the site. Be sure to keep in touch. :-)


  35. Marty Harris says:

    Hi Dan, i recently followed you on Twitter. Your website is great and i am going to have a go at one of your recipes over the weekend. I’m after a good red food coloring. Can you recommend a good one???

    Thanks in advance


  36. hi!,I love your writing so so much! percentage we keep in touch extra approximately your article on AOL? I require an expert on this house to resolve my problem. Maybe that is you! Looking ahead to see you.

  37. Steve says:

    Hi Dan,
    I’ve looked all over for a chicken saagwalla recipe and found yours to be one of the best. I too also make a lot of Indian food and found the best book to use is called India Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant. I’ve managed to acquire all the spices needed to make Indian food. Even bringing some back from my trips to Goa. kashmiri chillies being a favourite.Now I’ve found your site I will also be trying your recipes. Keep up the good work.


    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Steve

      Thank you for stopping by. I know Pant’s book very well. I use it a lot. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Be sure to keep in touch. :-)


  38. Cath J says:

    Hi Dan,

    Have just discovered this great website this week. Will be cooking Prawn Puri for friends later. I have recently started cooking my own curries due to the rsing cost of take aways and it has really kick started my enthusiasm for cooking again. There is excitement in the house when something tastes like we have could have bought it.

    Keep up the good work

    Cath :-)

  39. Nisa Homey says:

    Hi Dan, so glad I found you at Gplus, loving your curries and have bookmarked a few. I am Nisa Homey, and I blog from Calicut,(North Kerala) India.

  40. Hey Dan! Love your passion for everything curry. The world sure is a small place. exploring each others cultures and cuisines is so much fun! Glad to have found your blog :) Please do visit mine..

  41. Sophia Joy says:

    Hi Dan, I followed you on twitter and discovered this great website. Will be trying a lot more of your recipes with a little help from my mum  wish you all the very best. Love from Bombay (Mumbai) India

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Thanks Sophia. Good luck with the recipes. I’m usually on Twitter if you have any recipe questions.


  42. Neha says:

    Hi Dan, I came across your website recently and I must say that your recipes are fantastic and pretty authentic.. You really understand Indian food, and being Indian myself, I know this will be my goto blog for a lot of recipes… I have to try the Kacche Gosht ki Biryani it looks amazingly delicious.. I usually make a lucknowi style biryani in which the meat & rice are pre cooked separately and then brought together to infuse flavours on a low heat.. Do check out my blog if you get the chance to.. Happy cooking!

  43. Netra says:

    Hi Dan, I read your article in Marathi newspaper Loksatta. And I am stunned and feeling proud at the same time that Indian food has become your passion now :) You are a great inspiration. Please keep cooking and spreading love about Indian food. Thanks a lot!

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