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Curry Sauce Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Curry sauces can be adapted to suit various dietary preferences. Here is a simple Curry Sauce recipe that is tasty, gluten-free, and dairy-free!

Tomato Coconut Curry Sauce:

When it comes to curries, this aromatic tomato-based curry sauce stands out with its earthy warming spiciness. I use cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, and garam masala to give this sauce a deep savory flavor especially when it’s poured over curry turkey meatballs.

Gluten-Free Curry Sauce

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Here are the supplies:

Before you make this gluten-free curry sauce, gather these supplies to make the process a breeze.

  • Slow cooker – this 6-quart crock pot is the one that I use for this recipe. I like it because it has high, low, and warm options and it’s big enough that I can add more to it and doesn’t make a mess while cooking.
  • Measuring cups and spoons – these are essentials in every kitchen.
  • Small prep bowls – I use these to measure everything out before I start.

Gluten-free curry sauce ingredients:

Here’s your checklist of ingredients combining balanced heat with coconut milk creaminess.

Makes approximately 3 cups of sauce.

  • Onions – add a bit of flavor and texture to the curry sauce.
  • Garlic– chopped garlic adds texture and flavor but you can use garlic powder instead.
  • Tomatoes – provide a rich and savory base that sets the stage for a truly satisfying dish.
  • Coconut milk – creamy and dairy-free! It also gives the curry sauce a velvety texture that harmonizes with the bold flavors of the spices.
  • Salt and pepper – enhance flavor and create balance
  • Broth – chicken broth or vegetable broth works equally well.
  • Curry powder – I make this curry sauce with curry powder to save time. Substitute with curry paste if desired.
  • Ground cumin – adds a slightly sweet, warm, and nutty flavor
  • Coriander is mild and a bit lemony
  • Turmeric adds a deep earthy flavor and gives it color
  • Garam Masala is a spice blend that adds some sweetness, spiciness, and tanginess
  • Paprika – has a bright red color and a subtle earthy taste
  • Thickener – I like using cornstarch or white rice flour in this recipe as both are suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.

When it comes to what flour to use to thicken gluten-free sauces, many people look for resources like this guide to gluten-free flour and starches.

How to make curry sauce (gluten-free):

Follow these easy steps to make this flavorful sauce.

Step 1 – Spray slow cooker with non-stick spray, then chop onions and garlic and add to slow cooker.

onions in slow cooker for celiac-friendly curry sauce

Step 2 – Add the tomatoes.

tomato goodness for easy curry sauce

Step 3 – Pour in the coconut milk and water.

creamy coconut milk for curry based sauce suitable for those with gluten intolerance

Step 4 – Add all the spices and stir.

aromatic spices in spiced sauce free from gluten

Step 5 – Cook sauce on high for 3-4 hours. Whisk in thickener after 2 hours. Serve over rice, or with these curry turkey meatballs!

Curry sauce success tips:

In the midst of a busy schedule, this simple yet flavorful curry sauce can be a lifesaver.

  • Make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
  • Diced tomatoes work best for this sauce but I’ve also used stewed, crushed, or pureed tomatoes.
  • Taste the sauce and adjust the ingredients as necessary to maximize flavor.
  • Whisk it as it thickens to prevent clumping and sticking.
  • If the sauce is too thin after 3-4 hours, add extra thickener and cook a bit longer.
  • Roughly chopped onions have larger chunks and add texture to the sauce. If you want a smoother curry sauce, use diced onions cut into medium-sized chunks or minced onions cut into fine pieces.

What to use curry sauce with?

Curry sauce is fragrant and rich, made with onions, tomatoes, coconut milk, and spices. It goes well with rice and vegetables when served over crispy turkey meatballs or curry turkey meatballs.

Storing, freezing, and reheating tips:

I always like to make food ahead of time and get a jump on meal prep. I’d recommend storing this sauce in the fridge for up to a week. All you have to do is let it cool to room temperature before refrigerating it.

To freeze this gluten-free curry sauce, let it cool to room temperature then pop it in the freezer. Thaw and reheat before use.


You can customize this curry sauce to pair with different proteins and vegetables. Whether you’re looking for a main dish or a sauce for a gluten-free meal, this sauce complements a variety of ingredients.

  • Instead of slow-cooking the curry sauce, bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 2-3 hours or until thick and bubbly.
  • I like balanced heat and use yellow curry powder. You can use green or red curry powder depending on your taste preference.
  • This is a great make-ahead sauce for a weeknight dinner. It can also be served with mini meatball appetizers.
  • Substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.
  • Add some fresh herbs when serving. It will enhance the visual appeal of your gluten-free curry while adding a final layer of aromatic goodness.
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Frequently asked questions

Are curry sauces gluten-free?

Most curry sauce ingredients are gluten-free. When you make this sauce at home, you can customize it to ensure all the ingredients are gluten-free.

What are the key ingredients in a gluten-free curry sauce?

Creating a gluten-free curry sauce involves selecting ingredients that are free from gluten and avoiding any sources of wheat, barley, rye, or cross-contamination. Tomatoes, onions, and garlic are naturally gluten-free. Coconut milk does not contain gluten but if you are unsure, look for a brand that states it is gluten-free to avoid any potential cross-contamination. Chicken and vegetable stock used in this sauce should also be labeled gluten-free. Ground spices might contain gluten from cross-contamination so check that the ones you are using are free from any gluten or gluten-containing additives.

What curry sauces can celiacs eat?

Curry sauces add flavor to foods but when you can’t eat gluten, you have to be careful. The best thing to do is check all the ingredients!

What gluten-free alternatives can I use for thickening curry sauces?

I’ve tried many gluten-free thickeners and find cornstarch and white rice flour work the best. Here’s a guide to gluten-free flour and starches.

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Curry Sauce Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Curry Sauce Recipe (Gluten-Free)

Yield: 4 servings

Transform your weeknight dinners with this gluten-free curry sauce that's both easy and satisfying.


  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled & minced
  • 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14-oz can full fat coconut milk
  • 3/4 tsp salt,
  • 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp. water


  1. Add all ingredients except the cornstarch to the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 2 hours then add cornstarch and water mixture. Cook for an additional hour until thickened (3-4 hours total).
  3. Serve over rice or curry turkey meatballs.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 800mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.