Potatoes in Curry Sauce – Recipe No. 202

Day 11 of the “Living on WW2 Rations Experiment” and I feel like I’m wasting away! Obviously I’m being slightly over dramatic here because at around 100 lbs overweight I can afford to eat very little for several months and then some.

This 2nd week has been harder for me. I used a lot of my fats up early in the week making homity pie. Craving a short pastry and tasty potatoes I was generous with my rations for that dish and now I’m feeling the pinch. I needed something tonight that would stick to my ribs yet not use what is left of my dairy free fat and cheese so when I saw this recipe in the Ministry of Foods leaflet on “Potatoes”, it looked man enough for the job, and it didn’t disappoint.

Just a warning that all WW2 curry recipes seem to contain an apple and sultanas, a slug of vinegar and often a teaspoon of sugar. This one did also. I’m not complaining. It tasted good! (although quite frankly most things are tasting good at the moment as I’m feeling a little hungry).

Potatoes in Curry Sauce

  • 2 lb potatoes
  • 1/2 oz fat
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 medium chopped apple
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 dessertspoon of curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 pint stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mixed herbs
  • 2 cloves
  • Pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of sweet pickle or small amount of sultanas
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt to taste


Boil or steam the potatoes and keep warm. Make the fat hot in the pan and put in the chopped onion and apple and fry lightly without browning. Add the curry powder and flour, mix well and add the stock gradually and the rest of the ingredients. Boil gently for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, add more water where necessary. Pour over the potatoes and serve at once.

Much love,

C xxxx

PS: I didn’t add cloves and I added some peas.

7 thoughts on “Potatoes in Curry Sauce – Recipe No. 202

  1. I made Hamity Pie today and used ALL of my and my husband’s fat and cheese ration for the week! We will need to eat plain veg for days lol. Question: how much is a dessertspoon?

  2. That sounds amazingly tasty. I read somewhere that the apple/sultana/vinegar thing was to replace ingredients like mango and tamarind which were available to those Brits who went over to work in India but you couldn’t get here.

    • Hi Kenn, I’ve started on creating printable recipe cards/book but but it will probably be a few months before I have the first batch ready xxxxx

  3. Oh wow, can’t believe it but I made this last night as well. There is only one word for it, Deeeeeeelish.
    I am assuming that the change in modern ideas about healthy foods means we are more open to less fats and sugars, given at the t8me of the war we were at our fat and meat eating peak. Being basically vegetarian I use so little fat or sugar in most meals as I don’t find veg needs them. This meal will be a regular for me!

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