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    Currywurst

    Currywurst is an iconic street food in Germany, and for good reason! Bratwursts, already delicious on their own, get paired with a flavorful curry ketchup sauce. Let me tell you, the combination will blow you away!

    Closeup overhead shot of our currywurst recipe.

    Any recipe with the word “curry” in the name is pretty much Alpana’s territory. That was until I cooked Australian Curried Sausages a few months back. She rolled her eyes at that one, but after eating it she declared it a hit. So now I’m at it again, and this time I’m tapping into my German blood.

    Currywurst was supposedly invented in West Berlin by food kiosk owner Herta Heuwer in 1949, and it has since taken over the street food scene all over the country. They love it so much that the state mint even made a commemorative medal in 2019 to honor the dish and its creator.

    So naturally, I had to try this famous food myself. Now, there’s one little problem. The original recipe for the sauce, which Heuwer named “chillup”, is lost. She destroyed all records of it before her death.

    Well, this may not be the original Currywurst, which is lost to history. But I’ve tried making the sauce a number of times, and this is my favorite version.

    And in case you were wondering, yes, Alpana did roll her eyes at this one too. But she liked it so much she kept all the leftovers for herself!

    Pile of French fries topped with sliced sausage slathered with curry ketchup.

    A Note on Curry Powder

    You may already have your own favorite brand of curry powder, but if you’re new to this yellow spice mix, I should tell you that there are a few different varieties. And you probably won’t find the best curry powder at your local grocery store, unless it is very well stocked. I would recommend checking specialty stores or buying it online.

    For the most authentic flavor, I recommend Madras curry powder. It has a little more punch than your basic curry powder.

    I have also tried this recipe with Caribbean curry powder, which we always keep around. It has a little different flavor because it has more turmeric, and adds allspice into the mix. It’s not as authentic for this recipe, but still mighty good.

    Note that I have included cayenne pepper as an optional ingredient in the recipe card. The amount used will depend on how much zing the curry powder has. You can omit it entirely, but I like it in there.

    How to Make Currywurst

    1. Make the Curry Ketchup

    Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add in garlic and curry powder and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

    Add tomato paste along with 1 tablespoon of water. Cook for 1 minute.

    Add ketchup, honey, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper, if using. Mix well, simmer for 5 minutes.

    Allow to cool for a few minutes, then blend smooth using an immersion blender or regular blender.

    Side by side images. On the left is the curry ketchup before blending, on the right is after.

    2. Cook the Sausages

    Heat cooking oil in skillet and cook bratwursts until they are nicely browned up and have an internal temperature of at least 165°F. Alternately, you can grill them, which I like to do when the weather is nice.

    Five cooked bratwursts on a plate.

    3. Serve

    Slice bratwurst and serve them over fries, or with crusty bread. Top with curry ketchup, sprinkle on more curry powder, and enjoy.

    Medium range overhead shot of the popular German street food.

    So there you have it friends, Currywurst, one of the most famous foods from the streets of Berlin. I hope you love it as much as we do.

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    More great sausage recipes:
    Orecchiette with Sausage
    Sausage Potato Casserole
    Sausage Stuffed Squash
    Sunday Gravy
    Dublin Coddle
    Caldo Verde

    Serving of currywurst on the Gypsy Plate.
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    Currywurst

    Yield: 5 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Currywurst is an iconic street food in Germany, and for good reason! Bratwurst sausages get paired with a tasty curry ketchup. It's so good.

    Ingredients

    Curry Ketchup Sauce

    • 2 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 Tbsp curry powder
    • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
    • 1 cup ketchup
    • 2 Tbsp honey
    • 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar
    • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tsp yellow mustard
    • 2 tsp paprika
    • ½ tsp salt
    • cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)

    Sausages

    • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
    • 5 bratwurst

    To Serve

    • cooked French fries
    • more curry powder for garnish

    Instructions

    1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add diced onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add in garlic and curry powder and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
    2. Add tomato paste along with 1 tablespoon of water. Cook for 1 minute.
    3. Add ketchup, honey, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper, if using. Mix well, simmer for 5 minutes.
    4. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then blend smooth using an immersion blender or regular blender.
    5. Heat cooking oil in skillet and cook bratwursts until they are nicely browned up and have an internal temperature of at least 165°F. (Alternately, you can grill them)
    6. Slice bratwurst and serve them over fries. Top with curry ketchup, sprinkle on more curry powder, and enjoy.

    Notes

    1. As a variation, you can serve currywurst with crusty bread instead of fries.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 5 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 553Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 63mgSodium 1300mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 3gSugar 19gProtein 14g

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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