Foodstuff: Patak’s Hot Curry Paste

I don’t use commercial curry pastes or powders very often as I much prefer to blend my own. However, Patak’s Hot Curry Paste is a product I usually keep on hand and it is worth a mention here.

When I was about 8 years old and living in Britain, my father took me into London one afternoon (to see a movie, I think) and we ended up having dinner in an Indian restaurant. I remember very little of that meal except for a dish of prawns in a reddish gravy. That taste is still with me over 40 years later. Once I started cooking for myself in my twenties, I tried and tried to reproduce that memorable dish but I was never, ever able to get close until I stumbled across this particular product. I still can’t identify the specific component of the paste that is responsible for the unique taste I remember, but I keep a jar on hand for whenever I want to cook that prawn dish as part of an Indian meal. I also find it useful for when I just want to add a little curried spiciness to some preparation or other but don’t want to spend the time blending something up from scratch.

Patak’s has a very nice line of Indian food products (see them here). One of our local stores used to carry a lot of them some years back but they haven’t had any for quite a while now, for some reason. Accordingly, I pick up a jar or two of the hot curry paste when I’m down south. In addition to curry pastes, Patak’s also has a good variety of pickles and chutneys. My wife is very partial to the Green Chili Pickle they produce and she uses it as a condiment with lots of things. I like it myself and I would have to say that of all the various brand-names of Indian food products, Patak’s definitely stands out in my mind as being of good quality.

3 thoughts on “Foodstuff: Patak’s Hot Curry Paste”

  1. I’ve seen this in the market, somehow seems “hotter” in French LOL I will have to pick some up. I can get fresh shrimp here in North Carolina, so I am very eager to try this!

    I just love all these sauces, with a little protein (shrimp my fav, or tofu, chicken…), some basmati rice and I am a happy lunchtime camper! Of course, I can not handle the heat without yogurt 😛 My husband says that I love a little Indian food with my yogurt, but an Indian girl he works with told him her Indian husband ate all his meals with yogurt to cut the heat!

Comments, thoughts or suggestions most welcome...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s