Does curry taste better the next day?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does curry taste better the next day?” and list down reasons for why it happens. We will also list down a few famous types of Indian curries.

Does curry taste better the next day?

Yes, curry tastes better the next day. Whether it is a takeaway curry or a homemade curry, it will always taste better the next day. It just has to be stored properly in airtight containers in the fridge and should not be left out for more than two hours after cooking.

This is due to a bunch of reasons that we will list down in the next section.

Why does curry taste better the next day?


The longer you leave the curry in the fridge overnight, the longer the spices will get to penetrate through the outer layer of meat and vegetables. By the time you eat it, the flavors are not only present in the sauce, but also in the meat.

Tender meat

Meat contains muscle fibers which break while cooking due to exposure to heat. Fibers keep breaking down until after the cooking process has been completed.

So the longer you let the meat rest, the more tender it gets. 

Thicker curry

Curry tends to get thicker and more cremier after it has been resting for a while after being cooked. 

This is because some vegetables like onions, peppers, and potatoes are abundant in starch which tends to soak up the free water in the curry. After all this extra water has been soaked up, the sauce gets thicker.

The vegetables also taste more flavorful due to having soaked up the juices. 


Over time, spices present in the curry have time to fully impart their flavors and even  combine together to give new flavors

Find out why the leftovers taste better the next day here.

What are some famous Indian curries?

We will mention some types of popular curries which are not only available in India, but are available all over the world in Indian restaurants.

Butter chicken

It is one of the most famous and loved dishes. It is orange in color and has a thick, creamy sauce which is rich in butter. It is mild in flavor and usually served with Naan.

Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala consists of marinated chicken cooked on skewers in a tandoor with a thick, flavorful sauce covering it. It is best enjoyed with raita (yogurt and mint sauce) and naan. Since it is cooked in a tandoor, it has a very distinct smoky taste to it.


Jalfrezi is a Bengali dish. It consists of marinated chicken which is stir fried in oil. It is very spicy as it contains chili peppers. Spiciness can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the number of green chili peppers. Other vegetables used in Jalfrezi are tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, and coriander.


Korma is made by slow cooking chicken marinated in yogurt and a blend of spices. The gravy is rich and creamy by mixing together butter and cream. Sometimes chicken broth is also added. The spices usually added are cumin and coriander.


Karahi is made with chicken, lamb, or beef. It is usually made with a tomato based sauce which gives the gravy its distinct flavor. Chili peppers are added according to the level of spiciness required but it is usually less spicy.

Achari chicken curry

Achar means pickle. So achari chicken curry is made with spices used to make pickles. Spices that are usually used to make achari chicken are cumin, fenugreek, mustard oil, chili powder, turmeric, and black onion seeds. 


Vindaloo is a type of curry famous all around the world. It is super spicy with some sweet notes in it as well. It is usually made with pork and red wine. It can be made with other types of meat but pork is preferred. If you like spicy food, pork vindaloo is definitely the kind of curry that you should try.

Other FAQs about Curry that you may be interested in.

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In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does curry taste better the next day?” and listed down reasons for why it happens. We also listed down a few famous types of Indian curries.