Berliner currywurst is the quintessential German street food. With the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this week, what better way to celebrate – culinarily – than with currywurst? This simple, quick and tasty recipe will give you all the goodness of German street food at home.
The Berliner currywurst tradition
The currywurst became popular with construction workers rebuilding the city. So popular in fact, that Herta Heuwer was selling 10,000 servings per week at her street stand. Lamentably, she took her recipe with her to the grave.
In 1960, Konnopkes was the first ‘Imbiss’ to serve Berliner currywurst in East Berlin.
The German love of currywurst
Germans love currywurst. This love has even lead Uwe Timm to write a book called “Die Entdeckung der Currywurst,” (The Discovery of the Currywurst). It was turned into a play and was then filmed.
The currywurst is also the subject of a well-known song by German singer Herbert Grönemeyer.
Each year, an estimated 800 million currywurst are consumed in Germany; at least 70 million of these are Berliner currywurst. Automotive manufacturer Volkswagen even has its own butchery to produce currywurst for VW workers. It produces around 7 million currywurst per year.
In 2019, the Berlin State Mint even released a silver coin to commemorate 70 years of the currywurst.
Currywurst is particularly popular in Berlin, Hamburg and the Ruhr Area.
There are some differences with respect to the sauce ingredients,
Tips for the perfect Berliner Currywurst
As you can see from the recipe, there are two versions of the sauce, depending on how much time you have to cook it. The pictures you see here are of the quick curry sauce; the sauce is otherwise a little smoother.
Adjust the amount of chili in your sauce to suit your personal tastes.
You traditionally eat Berliner Currywurst with chips/fries or a white bread roll. In East Berlin, the currywurst was often served with a simple slice of bread.
A recipe for the perfect German street food
Berliner currywurst is the perfect German street food. You can now buy a currywurst around the nation at fairs, pubs, football games and almost every train station. Try this simple, quick and tasty recipe today to get a taste of German street food.