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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Can we store and eat yesterdays curry today?


Curry is a delicious dish that can be enjoyed in many different cuisines, such as Indian, Thai, and Japanese. It usually consists of spices, herbs, vegetables, meat, or seafood, cooked in a sauce or gravy. Curry can be a healthy and satisfying meal, but it can also cause some food safety problems if you do not store and reheat it properly.


Here are some tips on how to store and eat yesterday’s curry today.

  • Cool down the curry quickly. Do not let the leftover curry sit at room temperature for more than two hours. This can allow bacteria to grow fast in the warm and moist food, and make it go bad. To cool down the curry quickly, you can put it in shallow containers, split it into smaller parts, or place it in a bowl of ice water.

  • Store the curry in the refrigerator or freezer. After the curry is cooled down, you can put it in sealed containers in the refrigerator or freezer. The curry can stay good for three to four days in the refrigerator, and up to three months in the freezer. Remember to write the date of storage on the containers, so you can know how long the curry has been stored.

  • Reheat the curry thoroughly.When you want to eat the curry, you need to reheat it well to kill any bacteria that may have grown during storage. You can reheat the curry in a microwave, a stove, or an oven, depending on what you prefer and have available. The curry should reach a temperature of at least 74°C (165°F) for at least 15 seconds. You can use a thermometer to check the temperature of the curry. Do not reheat the curry more than once, as this can lower the quality and safety of the food.

  • Check the appearance, smell, and taste of the curry. Before you eat the curry, you should check how it looks, smells, and tastes for any signs of spoilage. If the curry looks different in color, has mold, slime, or dryness on it, it may be spoiled. If the curry smells bad, sour, or rancid, it may be spoiled. If the curry tastes bitter, metallic, or strange, it may be spoiled. If you see any of these signs, do not eat the curry and throw it away right away.


Eating yesterday’s curry today can be a great way to have a yummy meal and reduce food waste. However, you need to follow some food hygiene and safety rules to make sure that the curry is safe to eat and does not make you sick. By cooling down, storing, reheating, and checking the curry correctly, you can enjoy your leftover curry without any worries. Bon appétit! 😊


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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