Bombay potatoes in a skillet pan

Sensational side dishes and condiments to enjoy with curry

From a bowl of punchy potatoes to oodles of cooling cucumber raita, there is nothing that tops off a lovingly made curry quite like a well-thought-out side or condiment. Sure, it’s always great to have a bowl of sunny saffron rice or a crispy round of buttery bread to lap up your delicious sauce, but how can you turn your spicy meal into something truly sensational? Add a little something extra to your plate to take it from delicious, to spectacular.

Punchy Potatoes

Crisp and flavourful on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside, Bombay potatoes takes a delicious vegetable like a potato and turns it into something out of this world. With the warming flavour of mustard seeds along with the unmistakable amber tone of turmeric, this potato dish becomes the perfect spicy accompaniment to a mild curry. Alternatively, you can turn it into one of the most delicious samoosa fillings you will ever try.

Am I raita?

So most of us are fairly familiar with classic cucumber raita - the perfect addition to your spicy meal that helps to carry you through the heat and leave you wanting more. But refreshing raitas are so much more versatile than what you may think.

Mint raita, for example, is also a delicious and cooling addition to a plate of curry if you are looking for something to add depth to your spicy plate of food. To make the mint raita you mix 1 cup plain yoghurt, 1/2 cup fresh mint, 1/2 cup fresh coriander, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, and a pinch of salt in a blender and pulse until the mixture is smooth. If you don’t have a blender, you can finely chop the mint and coriander and add it along with the rest of the ingredients to the plain yoghurt and stir. You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of chopped cucumber and 1-2 tablespoons of finely chopped onion to serve.

The side that splits us

Banana sambal is one of those polarising foods that leave people divided and fuel family debates for ages. Much like pineapple on a pizza, you either love it or you hate it. Either way, this one makes it on to the list for its impact.

Its flavour is sweet and creamy with a sour finish, which makes it the perfect choice to have with curry. It can be enjoyed in two main ways - sliced, coated in lime juice and tossed in desiccated coconut or chopped into a tomato and chilli relish. Ultimately, when it comes to sides, banana is definitely one that splits us.

Onion Bhajis

These are just about the most moreish mouthfuls you can get, and they make a pretty fantastic starter for a feast of curry. So, if you are looking for a way to turn a curry night into a curry extravaganza, then these spicy fritters will do the trick.

A mixture of grated onion, fresh and powdered chilli, turmeric dipped into a chickpea flour batter and deep-fried. These sweet, salty, spicy bites are seriously delicious and the perfect accompaniment to your next curry.

Let’s face it, a plate or bowl of curry made with a great quality curry powder is already a meal that’s pretty close to perfection on the delicious scale. So, if you are looking for a great way to add more flavour and make your curry even better, then these sides and condiments can help you to achieve it.