Currywurst – Germany’s Most Traditional Street Food

Currywurst with bread role

Germany has a great reputation all around the world for its delicious sausages. But while many variations of the traditional Bratwurst have spread elsewhere, this favorite has not received as much attention yet. Currywurst consists of a traditional German sausage – with or without casing – topped with a spicy tomato-based sauce and curry powder. Snack stands or restaurants commonly serve it with French fries or bread roles. Besides the famous Döner, Currywurst is the most popular street food in Germany and can be found on every street corner.

Nevertheless, also fancy restaurants have taken on this dish and created more classy versions with many “exotic” ingredients – some even incorporating gold leaves.

Currywurst with French FriesWhere was the Currywurst invented?

It is not completely clear who invented the curry sausage or where it happened. Thus, there is often a battle between Berlin, Hamburg and the Ruhr area around this topic. However, most sources award the invention of the Currywurst to Hertha Heuwer. The Berliner allegedly served the first ever Currywurst on September 4, 1949 in the German capital. Hertha even registered the distinct sauce that she served at her snack stand, on the corner of Kant Straße and Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße, at the German patent office. Since then, the Currywurst has become a signature fast food dish for Berlin. It also continued its triumphal procession across the country and is now extremely popular all over Germany.

Today, the German love for the Currywurst finds its greatest expression close to the famous Checkpoint Charlie in the center of Berlin. The Deutsches Currywurst Museum is an entire museum completely dedicated to this meaty deliciousness. And if you want to taste the original in the city where it was most probably invented, check out the Best Places to Eat Currywurst In Berlin!

So, if your mouth is watering you can either take a trip to Germany or you simply give it a try yourself with the simple and authentic recipe below:

Currywurst

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2

Currywurst

Ingredients

  • 2 sausages (preferably German Bratwurst)
  • 1 can sieved tomatoes
  • 1 table spoon tomato paste
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 table spoon sugar
  • 1 tea spoon sweet paprika powder
  • 1 table spoon curry powder
  • 1/2 table spoon apple sauce
  • 1 1/2 table spoons balsamico
  • 1/2 tea spoon honey
  • 1 dash Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1 dash olive oil
  • salt, pepper, tabasco, chili powder

Instructions

  1. Chop the onion into small cubes and stew them in olive oil until they are glazy.
  2. Add the tomato paste and deglaze with water.
  3. Then add the sieved tomatoes, balsamico, honey, curry powderand a few dashes of Worchestershire Sauce and let it simmer at low heat.
  4. Finally add the apple sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper to taste and stir the sauce well.
  5. Carve the sausages several times from both sides.
  6. Fry the sausages pereferably in a pan, or alternatively in a deep frier.
  7. When slightly browned, cut them into slices of 1-2cm.
  8. Place the pices of sausage on a plate, cover it with the sauce and top it off with some more curry powder.
  9. Serve the dish with French fries or bread rolls.


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Find more food and drinks from Germany here. And for other things you shouldn’t miss in the German capital apart form Currywurst, check out Traditional Foods And Drinks You Must Try In Berlin!

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Photos by Thomas Cloer, Jessica Spengler

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