The Currywurst
(unofficial national dish of Germany)

The Currywurst a Bratwurst (Fried sausage) served with a sweet and spicy tomato and curry based sauce is for many Germans what a Burger is for Americans or Fish and Chips for the English.

According to the German Currywurst museum there are more than 800 million "Currywürste" eaten in Germany every year with 70 million in Berlin alone. There are a few different people that claim to be the inventors of this filling and tasty dish. With claims from the Ruhrgebiet being not so well supported there are mainly Lena  Brückner from Hamburg who claimed to have invented it in 1947 and Herta Heuwer from Berlin, with the latter being supported as the one who really struck Gold when she put her secret recipe together in 1949 at her fast food stand in Berlin Charlottenburg. 

Nürnberger Bratwürste with homemade curry sauce and potato chips / fries on a plateNürnberger Bratwürste with homemade curry sauce and potato chips / fries on a plate
Nürnberger Currywurst with a roll / bun

The secret lays in
the Curry sauce

Considering that she had her recipe patented which no one can dispute, she had a good point supporting her claim. There are 2 important components for a great Currywurst. 

  1.  A good sausage
  2.  A great curry sauce

My preferred sausage of choice is a Bratwurst (fried pork sausage) but any good sausage like Rindswurst (Beef), Frankfurter, Vienna's, Boerewors or your preferred sausage for a barbecue or braai can be used.

But in the end the sausage will need to be combined with a really tasty sauce to get a satisfying final product. There are lots of secret recipes of curry sauce which convert sausages usually but not exclusively Bratwürste into Currywürste. My curry sauce recipe with it's sweet and spicy flavors is definitively one that my family and I have learned to love. It is quick to prepare and so much better than the products sold in grocery stores, not only for its taste but as well for its lack of added chemicals, colorants and preservatives. Try it out and see for yourself.

Preparation time: 10 minutes 
Cooking time: at least 30 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total time needed:  45 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: easy


This recipe was inspired by Sarah you can find her recipe here

for a traditional
German Currywurst Sauce 

Ingredients  for a traditional German Currywurst Sauce
  • 1/2 cup of a good tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 heaped tbs. of Madras curry powder. It's a lovely balanced spicy curry powder (use other hot curry powder if you if you can't get it)
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh or dried cayenne or Kashmiri chili, chopped very fine, add more chili if you like it spicier (optional)
  • 2 tbs. of golden syrup or brown sugar
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped fine
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar



Nürnberger Bratwürste with homemade curry sauce on a plateNürnberger Bratwürste with homemade curry sauce on a plate
  • Add all ingredients to a small pot and switch the stove on to medium hot heat
  • Stir regularly till the sauce begins to boil
  • Reduce heat to low and cook curry sauce for 5 minutes while continuously stirring it
  • Take of the heat and let it cool down a little. 
  • In the meantime fry, barbecue, braai or poach the sausage of your choice.
  • Cut sausage into slices and pore warm curry sauce over them. 
  • Sprinkle a little additional curry powder over the Wurst and serve hot with a roll / bun or french fries / chips

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