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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.


I am a lawyer by profession and my practice is Criminal... I mean, I specialize in Criminal law. My work involves travelling on Court circuits to remote Arctic communities. In between my travels I write a Food blog at

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!

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