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Prawn Curry

Back when I was 8 or 9 years old, my father took me to an Indian restaurant in London and I remember having a curry of giant prawns in a lovely hot curry sauce. Even now, over 40 years later I can still recall the taste of it quite vividly and have tried many times over the years to duplicate it. As I mentioned in my ‘Foodstuff’s’ post featuring Patak’s Hot Curry Paste, it was only using this very nice Masala that I was ever able to come close to that delicious taste I remember from all those years ago. Patak’s has changed the makeup of their paste a couple of times since I first used it (in fact, I currently have two jars that are clearly made using a different recipes), so I will be interested to see how the newest variety works in this experiment… Continue reading “Prawn Curry”

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Foodstuff: Patak’s Brand Frozen Naan

I have tried a number of commercially made pre-cooked Naan products in the past, both frozen and otherwise, and I have to say that thus far I have not been terribly impressed. Patak’s, as readers of my Foodstuff’s will know, make quite a few very good Indian food products and I am hoping that they will be able to achieve a similar quality with their Naan… Continue reading “Foodstuff: Patak’s Brand Frozen Naan”

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Foodstuff: Patak’s Lime Pickle

I have never been terribly fond of Lime pickle. It was often on the table as a condiment with curry when I was growing up but I didn’t usually partake. Since those days, I have had several commercial brands, and have even tried making it myself, but I have generally found that it has the same slightly ‘soapy’ taste that I associate with Cilantro. When I saw the variety put out by Patak’s at our local grocery I almost gave it a pass but then I reconsidered and decided I really ought to give it a try…  Continue reading “Foodstuff: Patak’s Lime Pickle”

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Experiment: Pork with Mango Pickle

In my recent ‘Foodstuffs’ post featuring Patak’s Hot Mango Pickle , I mentioned that, while I wasn’t especially keen on this product in its intended use as a pickle, I did think that it might work well as a Masala to use as a sauce base. Mango seemed like it might best compliment a pork dish and thus I conceived of the dish you see above…  Continue reading “Experiment: Pork with Mango Pickle”

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A Patak’s Invasion!

 The store, ‘Arctic Ventures’ is the only one of our two local grocery outlets that carries much in the way of imported foods. When my wife and I first moved here to Iqaluit nearly twelve years ago the store carried a few Patak’s products but over the years they seemed to disappear and it was only on travels down south that we could get any of them. I was very pleasantly surprised, therefore, when I walked into the store a few weeks ago and saw a whole display with more Patak’s specialties than I knew existed. All of the products you can see in the picture are made by Patak’s except for the pre-packaged meals at the very top left and there is actually another shelf not shown which holds three varieties of Patak’s Pappadums.

I have done ‘Foodstuffs’ posts on two Patak’s products so far, namely their Hot Curry Paste and their Chili Pickle. Both were posted just after I first started writing this blog and I have been continually amazed at how often these post pages have been visited as a result of search engine queries, particularly in the case of the Chili Pickle. I think Patak’s makes some very nice stuff but I would never have expected them to spark quite so much interest. It also struck me as rather odd that our local store suddenly started stocking such a variety of Patak’s products with a month or two of my postings. I can’t think that there is actually a connection between the two but the coincidence is certainly remarkable.

Anyway, the a good deal of the newly appeared products are cooking sauces for making such dishes as Korma, Vindaloo, Roghan Josh and the like. I am not terribly interested in these as I much prefer to cook such things from scratch using my own ingredients. However, there were quite a few other things, in addition to the Pappadums, such as Masala pastes, pickles and chutneys and I actually bought a few items to experiment with. I’m not going to tell you what they are just yet, but I promise that, after I have had a chance to test them and consider the different ways they might be used, I will feature them in upcoming ‘Foodstuffs’ posts.