Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by Practical Cooks
Curry is an amazing Indian dish that usually contains meat, fish, or vegetables and spices like ginger, garlic, cumin, and chili peppers. Sometimes, when we prepare it at home, we are likely to have leftovers.
Most people wonder how long the curry will last, whether stored in the fridge or elsewhere.
Curry will last for two hours when left at room temperature and within five days when stored in the refrigerator. If you keep it in the freezer, it will last about six months, but the taste will not be as good because it isn’t fresh.
How long the curry will last will depend on various factors, including how you plan to store it. We suggest keeping it in the refrigerator like any other type of food. While you can store it in the freezer or at room temperature, these options aren’t as popular.
The type of curry you make will also determine how long it lasts. Certain types of curries last longer than others, depending on the ingredients used.
In this article below, we go into detail about how long curry lasts and the best practices for storing it.
How Long Does Curry Last in the Refrigerator?
Your curry will last in the refrigerator for about two days. However, the storage conditions are very important. Don’t put your curry in a container you used for raw meat. That will hasten the growth of bacteria, making the curry spoil faster.
If you suspect you used such a container, it’s best to dispose of the curry. Other than that, always ensure you put the curry in a clean container and cover it with a lid, aluminum foil, or plastic wrap.
The ingredients used in the curry will determine how long the curry will last. For instance, tikka masala can last up to three days, while butter chicken curry lasts like two days.
How Long Does Curry Last at Room Temperature?
On average, curry will last about two hours when left at room temperature. If you leave it out for longer than that, it’s best not to eat it.
We don’t recommend storing your curry at room temperature because it won’t last long. In addition, just like with refrigeration, the ingredients in your curry and how well you prepare it will determine how long you can store it. If you use fresh ingredients, the curry won’t last long when left out.
You can use dried spices if you plan to keep it for a while. If you’re preparing curry to eat for a few days, use dried spices to allow your food to remain fresh for a long time.
How Long Does Curry Last in the Freezer?
Freezing curry is the best method if you aren’t planning to eat it for a long time. Frozen curry will last up to six months. However, it’s best to eat it within three months. Curry that has been in the freezer for a long time won’t taste as good or fresh.
Use a frozen safe container, frozen block, or a can to store your curry. The amount of freezer space you have will determine which method you pick. Use the frozen block method if you have a lot of space and the can method if you have little space.
Once you decide to eat the curry you have stored in the freezer, ensure you defrost and reheat it properly. You can use the microwave, oven, or skillet to thaw and reheat the curry.
How Long Does Chicken Curry Last?
Chicken curry left out will last about two hours. After that, it’s no longer safe to eat. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), cooled food should only be left at room temperature for two hours or less. And if the temperatures inside or outside your home are 90°F and above, don’t leave that food out for more than an hour.
Chicken curry stored in the fridge will last between 2 to 4 days. With each passing day, the fresh taste of the curry will fade. Nonetheless, the chicken curry is still edible up to the fourth day. From then, the quality of the curry will have diminished, and there is a chance it’s no longer safe to eat.
How Long Does Vegetable Curry Last?
As stated, don’t leave out cooked food for more than two hours. That rule applies to your vegetable curry as well. When you store it in the fridge, your curry will likely last up to five days. Storing in the freezer will allow your vegetable curry to last up to six months. Still, eat it within three months as the curry’s taste is yet to deteriorate.
Can You Eat Curry After Five Days?
Don’t keep your chicken, fish, and mutton curries in the fridge for more than 3 to 4 days. If it has been in the fridge for five days, avoid eating it. However, if you store it in the freezer, eating it after five days is still safe.
You can enjoy your vegetable curry even after five days. But anything longer than that isn’t advisable. Always store your curry in an airtight container, whether in the freezer or fridge.
Can Curry Last Longer Than 48 Hours?
This will depend on the type of curry and the storage conditions, but generally, it can last between 2 to 5 days. However, we advise eating the curry within 48 hours, even if it can last up to five days when refrigerated. That’s because the longer you store it in the fridge, the more flavor and texture it loses.
How Can You Tell That the Curry Has Gone Bad?
The best way to know your curry has been spoilt is to look for the signs mentioned below:
- The smell is sour or off
- The texture has changed, or the curry is discolored
- The taste is off
We hope you found this guide helpful!