Easy Curry Sauce Recipe

The base for curry for 2 people


For the mixed spice:

  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 heaped tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder (or to taste)
  • Mix all the above ingredients together to make a paste then add enough water until it is a thick creamy consistency.

1 large onion or 2 medium onions finely chopped

2 inches of fresh ginger, grated, minced, or finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic, grated, minced, or finely chopped

2 tbsp veg oil of choice



Heat the oil in a pan

Add the onions with salt and cook until beginning to soften

Add the garlic and ginger. 

Heat together stirring all the time for 3-4 mins (add a little water if it gets too dry or begins to catch). 

When the oil rises to the top add enough water to make into a thick gravy.

The sauce is now ready for you to add your leftover turkey, meat or vegetables, or can be cooled and kept in the fridge for 2 – 3 days or frozen to be used later.

Taj Mahal Restaurant now open!

The Restaurant will open for business on Wednesday 2nd December in accordance with the new Government Tier 2 instructions.

Table reservations should be made in advance and can only be from one household or support bubble.

We are open everyday – 7 days a week: Lunch: 12 – 2 pm (lunch set menu starts from £7.50 ph)

Evening: From 5.30 pm. Last orders will be at 10pm and the restaurant will close at 11 pm.We look forward to seeing our loyal customers again!

New COVID Rules now in place at the Taj Mahal

New rules around social gathering and visiting restaurants came into place yesterday (Thursday 24th September). 

Please be aware of the changes that are now in place when you visit the Taj Mahal either for a sit down meal or for a takeaway.  

EVERYONE coming into the Taj Mahal must wear a mask.  Diners can take off their masks once they are seated.   If collecting a take-away masks must be worn throughout.

EVERYONE coming into the restaurant must use the hand sanitiser supplied.

EVERYONE coming into the restaurant must provide us with their contact details.  If you have downloaded the new NHS Test & Trace app, please scan the Taj Mahal QR code available at the entrance.  If not please  complete the contact form that we provide.  Your details will be stored securely for 21 days and will only be accessed if requested by the NHS Test & Trace Team to respond to any local coronovirus outbreaks.

We advise that everyone books their table or takeaway in advance.

The maximum number for a table booking is 6 this includes children.  We cannot accommodate larger groups over multiple tables

All Taj Mahal staff will now be wearing masks throughout service.

 We look forward to welcoming you and will be doing everything we can to ensure you are safe and most importantly have an enjoyable evening with us.

Eat Out to Help Out

We are pleased to inform you that we shall be taking part in the Government’s Eat-out to Help out Scheme giving 50% off all meals (excluding alcohol) eaten in the restaurant on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August starting this Monday 3rd August and finishing on Monday 31st.

PLEASE NOTE: Reservations must be made in advance ring 01308 424958

We are also offering a special 2 persons menu during this time:


Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – August 3rd – 31st 2020

Menu A

Starter Onion Bhajee

Main : Garlic Chilli Chicken, Lamb Rogan, Pilau rice and a nan

£26* for 2

Menu B

Starter: Onion Bhajee

Main: Vegetable Dhansak, Saag Aloo, Pilau rice and a nan

£24* for 2

*50% discount will be given on sit-down meals only (up to £10 per person) excluding alcohol, applied to your bill prior to payment.

Article in Financial Times

The Financial Times have today published an article ‘Pandemic bites into curry night on High Street’

We are very proud of our daughter, Sarah Ali Choudhury, being featured in this article and for giving the Taj Mahal and Bridport a mention!

Feature in Financial Times 25 July 2020

Re-opening Restaurant on Saturday 4 July

We are very pleased to inform all our loyal and valued customers that we shall re-open the restaurant on Saturday 4th July, following the Government’s easing of the lockdown restrictions.    We have conducted an in depth risk assessment and have adapted our operation to adhere to Covid-19 security requirements to provide the safest environment possible.   We have reduced the number of tables inside and hope to have a couple of tables outside the restaurant too.  We would encourage everybody to make a reservation so that we can ensure social distancing.

The restaurant will be open from 6pm until 10 pm on Saturday, and will then be everyday as usual except we will close Monday.  On arrival you will be met at the door and asked to use the hand sanitiser supplied and to provide us with your contact details.  Your details will be stored securely for 21 days and will only be accessed if requested by the the NHS Test and Trace Team to respond to any local coronovirus outbreaks.

Please remember that social distancing rules still apply, so be sure to read the government guidance on what you can and cannot do before making a booking: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-after-4-july

We will be continuing to run takeaways as usual, and again ask that you order in advance.   Home delivery at request.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Sarah Ali-Choudhury at Bridport Food Festival 2020 in Lockdown

Sarah Ali-Choudhury, who did her very first live demonstration at the Bridport Food Festival some years ago, remembers how nervous she was.  Since then Sarah is much in demand and has given demonstrations all over the South of England and in London.  For Bridport Food Festival Lockdown she is demonstrating on video how to cook Saag Paneer.  Follow the link to see her in action:  https://www.bridportfoodfestival.co.uk/2020/2020-virtual-festival/video-demonstrations/indian-masterclass/

sarah ali choudhury

Bridport Food Festival 2020 in Lockdown

Usually in June, Helen is busy preparing for her very popular, always oversubscribed, annual Indian Masterclass.  Sadly due to coronovirus and lockdown it will not be happening this year.  Helen is now supporting the Bridport Local Food Group team and their Bridport Food Festival in


Lockdown by providing them with her recipe for making garam masala and chicken dhal curry.  She will also be available throughout (June 14-June 30) to answer any questions that people may have.

To find all the details pop over to the Bridport Food Festival   website    If you do make Helen’s recipe it would be great to hear.  Please could you take a photo and add to our facebook page @tajmahalbridport also @bridportfoodfestival #bfflockdown

Take care everyone and stay safe!