Over 800 million currywurst are eaten in Germany each year. So what is currywurst and how can you make your own at home without having to wait for currywurst week at Lidl.
What is currywurst?
Currywurst is a fast food dish from Germany. It is a steamed pork sausage which is then fried and served, usually sliced, and coated with tomato ketchup sprinkled with curry powder.
Why is currywurst so popular in Germany?
We think it’s due to the fact that it’s a cheap meal and is easily made. It’s available all over the country.
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How do you pronounce currywurst?
Remember in German W is pronounced as a V, so Curry vurst.
Ways to eat currywurst
You can ask for your Currywurst with a sausage with skin on it (“Currywurst mit Darm”) or without skin (“Currywurst ohne Darm” or “darmlos.”).
Once cooked the sausage is added to a paper tray and sauce is added and topped with a sprinkling of curry powder. However this depends on where you buy your currywurst. Some stands have the sauce already flavoured with curry, or plain sauce and curry powder. Fries (pommes ) Mayo and a roll (brotchen) are common accompaniments.
The history behind currywurst
It is said that the snack was first created on 1949 by German woman Herta Heuwer. Allied soldiers brought with them foods such as ketchup, Worcester sauce and curry powder. Herta was inspired to create a sauce that would go alongside the local pork sausage and make the famous currywurst dish.
Her recipe for currywurst sauce is unknown however it spawned a whole shedload of imbiss – food stands – throughout the city to make the dish.
Where to eat currywurst in Berlin
Currywurst can be found throughout the city. Here are some suggestions to start off your currywurst journey.
Schönhauser Allee 44B, beneath the U2 metro station of Eberswaldenstraße
Locations: Mehringdamm 36, Hardenbergplatz 9, Hauptbahnhof, Europaplatz 1, and S-Bahnhof Warschauer Straße
Wittenbergplatz 5, Friedrichstraße Bahnhof, Schönefeld Airport
Badstraße 5/Gesundbrunnen Bahnhof
Bier’s Kudamm 195
Location: Kurfürstendamm 195
How to make currywurst at home
We used Lidl Bratwurst sausages for this, however any pork sausage will do. Just make sure you have a nice crispy skin.
200ml tomato ketchup
4 tsp curry powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp water
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Place tomato ketchup into a small saucepan and heat on medium low.
Add spices and Worcestershire sauce.
Mix thoroughly, adding water if the mixture seems too thick.
Simmer on low for 5 mins.
Serve over crispy cooked sausages.
Powder with curry powder for an authentic imbiss feel.
Serve with chips or bread rolls.
- 200 ml tomato ketchup
- 4 tsp curry powder
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Place tomato ketchup into a small saucepan and heat on medium low.
- Add spices and Worcestershire sauce.
- Mix thoroughly, adding water if the mixture seems too thick.
- Simmer on low for 5 mins.
- Serve over crispy cooked sausages.
- Powder with curry powder for an authentic imbiss feel.
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