Currywurst, German Street Food
Currywurst is German street food and also one of the national dishes. It is grilled pork sausage served with curry flavored tomato ketchup or tomato sauce.
The key component of currywurst is currywurst sauce. There are many versions of this sauce online and star ingredient in all the recipes is curry powder. Some versions use canned tomatoes to make the sauce from scratch and some quicker versions use tomato ketchup. My version is the latter.
The recipe below for currywurst is mild to my palate and one can adjust the spice level to taste. Second, curry powder is sprinkled on currywurst. Hence I kept the currywurst sauce mild. Sprinkle generous amount of curry powder on currywurst, unlike in my images.
Bratwurst, a type of German pork or pork beef sausage is used for currywurst. However, kielbasa or franks also work well. I used chicken franks today and yesterday made it with kielbasa.
Cooking Time: 12 – 15 minutes
Currywurst Sauce (would not need all of it)
- ¾ – 1 tsp Oil
- 1 – 1 ½ tbsp chopped Onion
- ⅛ tsp Smoked Paprika (I used paprika)
- 1 – 1 ½ tsp Curry Powder (I used Hot Madras Curry Powder)
- ½ cup Tomato Ketchup
- ¼ cup Water
- 3 Chicken Franks or Kielbasa or Bratwurst
- 2 – 3 tbsp Currywurst Sauce or as needed
- Curry Powder when serving
- Fries for side
- Sauce – Heat oil in a pan or a saucepan.
- When oil is hot, add onions and saute until soft.
- Add curry powder, paprika and fry for few seconds to bring out the flavors.
- Add ketchup, water and mix well.
- Bring the sauce to boil, reduce to medium low flame and simmer for 5 – 10 minutes until sauce thickens.
- There is going to be some leftover sauce. Refrigerate leftover sauce an airtight jar or a container.
- Cook Sausage – Follow the instructions on the package to cook sausage. Sausage is already precooked. On stove take some water and cook franks for 4-5 minutes until franks are hot. Sausage is ready to use.
- For browner and grilled kind of franks, remove water from the pan and continue to fry the franks for few for minutes turning around until brown on all side.
- Cut franks to small pieces or make slight cuts on the franks.
- Pour currywurst sauce on franks, sprinkle liberally with curry powder.
- Serve it with/without French Fries.
- Sprinkle lots of curry powder when serving. After taking pictures, I added more curry powder for some heat.
- Currywurst sauce was mild and add more curry powder or paprika in the sauce. However, i prefer this way as one can always adjust the heat by generously sprinkling curry powder on the wrust.
- This may not be currywurst sauce but next time would susbstitute curry powder with some cumin powder, corainder powder, chili powder and garam masala.