A friend spent his summer holidays in Germany, and he was telling me that Currywürst is all the rage right now over there.
It’s street food, most especially associated with Berlin, and every street stand owner has his own secret recipe for how to make the Currywürst sauce.
But basically, the sauce is made with tomatoes and curry.
I made my own version of Currywürst.
I fried onions with paprika, chilli powder, ground cumin, turmeric, ginger, salt and pepper and a good handful of curry powder.
I threw in a dash of white wine. I’d read that people usually use vinegar. However, I didn’t have vinegar. So I used white wine.
Loaded in quite a few spoonfuls of sugar too. Honey would’ve been ideal, I suppose, but I don’t like honey. So I put in unhealthy refined white sugar. (After all, with all that wine, vinegar and tomato, I’d bet you anything that without some sort of sweetener the whole thing would turn out sour as a lemon.)
Supposedly they put in Worcestershire sauce too, but of course I didn’t have that either.
(And please don’t ask me the amounts of everything haha, I just throw things in by eye.)
I fried up some chips (French fries), fried up a few German sausages (Bratwurst) and cut them into pieces.
Then I smothered the whole thing with my special homemade Currywürst sauce.
And here you have the result.
Okay, admittedly perhaps I went a bit overboard in the amounts. Certainly my son, who is notorious for having 4 stomachs, wasn’t even able to finish the whole plate.
But it was still delish.
Okay so now here I’ll even make a (hopefully passable) attempt to present things like a conventional recipe should be presented. Enjoy!
Oil for frying
1 can of ketchup, tomato sauce or tomato puré
Paprika, chilli powder, ground cumin, turmeric, ginger, salt and pepper to taste and a good handful of curry powder
Sugar or honey
White wine or white wine vinegar
Fried chips (French fries)
2 Bratwurst sausages per person
Sauté the onion in oil. Add all the spices, salt and pepper. Stir in the tomato sauce.
Let simmer on low heat. Stir in the sugar.
Pour in a dash of wine or vinegar. Pour in a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
Let simmer on low heat until the tomatoes are cooked and the wine has evaporated, about 15 minutes.
Fry the Bratwurst lightly in oil in a frying pan, or roast on a grill. Cut into pieces. Fry the chips in deep oil. Place on a plate with the sausages on one side and the chips on the other. Pour Currywürst sauce over both.
Sprinkle a spoonful of curry powder lightly over top of the sauce to serve.
This is street food in Berlin, so people don’t usually eat it with anything else. In fact, it’s customary to see people simply standing about with the Currywürst on a plastic plate and eating it with a plastic fork as they chat.
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