Reheat Curry

Is it easy to reheat curry?

Known to originate from India, curry now comes in many different and complex flavors. You can now experience curries that come from different cuisines of the worlds, including Thai, Japanese, Indonesian, and Pakistani. All of them pack their own strong and distinct flavor.

Usually prepared for a larger crowd, it is quite easy to end up with leftover curry, whether you make it at home or order takeaway. So it is important to learn how to properly reheat curry so it doesn’t make you sick the next day, and you can prevent wastage as well.

How to Store Leftover Curry

It is crucial to store leftover curry properly, as it is very prone to developing bacteria. Do not leave it on room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Store the leftover curry in an airtight container, refrigerate it as soon as possible. Stored properly, it will last in the fridge for up to 2 to 3 days. But if possible, consume it within a day.

If you do not plan on eating it soon, it is better to throw it in the freezer. Stored in an airtight container, it will last in the freezer for up to 2 months.

How to Reheat Curry?

It is very easy to fall ill if you eat curry without properly reheating it. So make sure that you bring it to a proper temperature to kill the bacteria, so you can enjoy leftover curry without any awful side effects.

If you have a food thermometer, use it and make sure your curry is heated to at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  


When trying to reheat curry, a saucepan on a stovetop is the best way to go.

  • Place a saucepan on the stovetop on low flame.
  • Pour the curry into the saucepan.
  • And a splash of water to the curry. This will allow it to steam without thickening the curry.  
  • Let it heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Use the thermometer if available.
  • If not, check a spoonful of curry to ensure it is warm enough. Give a few extra minutes if it isn’t.
  • Remove from the stove and serve immediately.


If you are not too sure about using the stovetop for reheating purposes, you can also use the microwave.

  • Pour the curry in a microwave-safe bowl or container.
  • Cover it with a damp paper towel.
  • Place the bowl in the microwave on medium setting.
  • Let it heat for a minute.
  • Check to see if warmed properly. Use the food thermometer if available.
  • Heat on 30 second intervals until thoroughly warm.
  • Remove from the microwave and serve.

While reheating curry, you just have to make sure it reaches an ideal temperature to kill the bacteria. You can then enjoy leftover curry any time you want!