How long can curry last in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long can curry last in the fridge?”, and what is the shelf-life of some other leftovers in the fridge?

How long can curry last in the fridge?

Curry will last 3-5 days on average. The shelf-life differs for each type of gravy. The following table shows rough estimates of how long you can keep the curry fresh in the fridge. However, curry-based dishes are not recommended to be stored. Prefer cooking the amount that you will be consuming immediately.

Type of gravy/curryShelf-life in the fridge
Onion/tomato-based2-3 days
Curry/gravy made with coconut milk1-2 days
Chicken/mutton or fish curries2-3 days

The estimates given in the table above apply when the curry or gravy has been stored correctly.

How long do other leftovers last?

Leftover meat

Leftover chicken kept at a steady refrigeration temperature of 40°F or below. Discard after 4 days or when the chicken feels sticky to touch and develops a foul odor.

Leftover beef like tenderloin or prime ribs will keep their freshness for 3-4 days in the fridge if stored correctly. When frozen, they will be good for up to 6 months. If the meat feels sticky or develops green patches, throw it in the bin.

Leftover stuffing and gravy

Leftover stuffing drenched in meat drippings should be consumed within 2 days of refrigeration. As discussed above, any gravy would only last 3-5 days in the fridge. Make sure to boil your gravy or curry when reheating to destroy any microbial growth.

Leftover pizza

Leftover pizza will be good for 3-4 days in the fridge. Do not keep the pizza slices for more than 2 hours at room temperature. Because the cheese and meat in pizza toppings will begin to spoil. Store the pizza in the fridge within 2 hours of preparing it.

Leftover lasagna

Leftover lasagna stored in an air-tight container will be good for about 5 days in the fridge. If the lasagna starts giving off a sour and rancid smell due to the spoilage of cheese and tomato juice/paste, throw it away.

Leftover pad thai and takeout noodles

Leftover pad thai and takeout noodles will be good for only 2-3 days in the fridge due to the heavy amounts of sauces used. If there is meat in the noodles, make sure to reheat your leftover to a safe internal temperature of at least 165°F to destroy microbes.

What is curry powder?

Curry powder is a blend of spices like  Coriander, Salt, Fenugreek, Black Pepper, Chilli, Allspice, and Celery. The bright yellow color of curry powder comes from the turmeric. Adding garlic and onion powder adds a whole lot of flavor to it.

It originated in the sub-continent and as the name suggests, is primarily used in curry dishes. It also pairs well with soups, stews, seafood, eggs, meat, and vegetables.

The American version of curry powder is not somewhat unique because in the sub-continent a lot of spices are used to create the complex and bold flavor of curry powder. The spices vary depending upon the dish.

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How to make curry powder?


  • 4 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp yellow mustard powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


  • Mix all the spices in the correct proportions. For better flavor, it is recommended to roast cumin, coriander, and black pepper and then grind them. This adds a lot of flavors and extends the shelf life of your curry powder.
  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry. Keep away from moisture.

Top curry dishes

Butter chicken

As the name suggested, the gravy of curry of this Indian dish is made with butter, curry powder, and cream. It has a rich taste with balanced spaces.

Thai green curry

This curry is made with lemongrass, coriander, fish paste, and chilies and has a coconut-milk-based curry. The color is attributed to the mild green color of this dish.


Korma is made with chicken and served with rice or nan. This dish, of Pakistani and Indian origin, has yogurt, coconut milk and nuts based curry.


This is one of the hottest curries and includes stir-fried vegetables like green peppers, onions, and plenty of fresh chilies with tender meat. 

Tikka masala

The gravy of tikka masala is based on tomatoes and is served with tender and seasoned boneless chicken.


In this article, we answered the question “How long can curry last in the fridge?”, and what is the shelf-life of some other leftovers in the fridge?