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I am a big fan of curries, especially Korma, and when I became a student I started by using the pre-made jars of sauces. However, this quickly got quite expensive and so I went looking for another alternative. I tried making curry from scratch, but I'd rarely get the right flavour from the herbs and spices, then a friend told me about Pataks curry pastes and I've not looked back since.
Pataks curry pastes come in a 290g jar and usually cost less than £2. I've found that I can get eight reasonably large sized portions of curry out of each jar, by following the recipes that are on the label, which makes these great value for money. The Korma paste has a mild flavour to it, which is perfect for those who don't like hot food.
The Pataks curry pastes are exceptionally easy to use and all come with a recipe on the back, although you can vary these. You simply cook the onion and your chosen meat. Add the paste and seal the meat. Add chopped tomatoes, any other vegetables you may desire and a small amount of water. Towards the end of cooking you then add some coconut milk or single cream to give the creamy consistency of the Korma. This is all ready in about twenty minutes.
The pastes do have a tendency to get a little oily on the top at times, but this can be solved with a good stir before use. At less than £2 these pastes are unbeatable on value and they're delicious too. I also recommend the Balti paste.
Anyone who has been paying attention to my reviews lately will notice that I've started reviewing a lot more food than I ever did, and that I've reviewed more than a couple of things that I've purchased at Asda. Some of you will also remember that not long ago I wrote a very positive review about Pataks Madras Curry Paste, and so it will be no surprise to you that I am now reviewing another paste from the same company, which is also a foodstuff that I purchased at the place that is fast becoming my supermarket of choice and my second home.
I am of course now reviewing Pataks Korma Curry Paste, as you can probably tell by my introduction and the fact that it's the product stated at the top of this page. I decided to try this product after loving the Madras version, and bought it along with the Tikka massala variety the last time I was in Asda, for no more than £1, I believe. This korma version looks much like all the others, except that obviously the label states that it is korma and not any other type of curry paste. The label also has a helpful recipe on the back for a chicken korma, obviously including this paste, which does sound quite nice, and is something that I'm tempted to try one day.
Apart from the fact that the Madras paste was so good, and so I expected that this one would be also, I bought this jar partly also because kormas are one of my favourite types of curry. I do like spicy curries and more tomatoes ones too, but often when given the choice I will opt for a creamier curry over something with a bit more spice, and so in many ways I expected to enjoy this paste more than my previous one. Unfortunately, I don't. I still do like this paste, and it does taste good when used in curry or in any other way, but it just isn't as good as the Madras. I don't know why it isn't as good, but there is something missing from it that I can't quite put my finger on. It is good and creamy, and has a coconut flavour to it, but it's still not quite the same as the Madras that I love.
Anyway, that's not to say that I wouldn't recommend it heartily, as it is a good quality paste and does taste nice. If you haven't read my previous curry paste review, then you won't have read my thoughts about how versatile a foodstuff it really is, and so I'll repeat myself slightly here. I have used curry paste in cooking beans and in pasta sauces, to delicious results, and it's also gorgeous if you spread it on bread, cover it in cheese and grill it, to make a tastier and sexier version of cheese on toast. I also made some mini pizzas on English muffins the other day, and used korma curry paste along with cheese and some tinned tomatoes, and they were absolutely fantastic.
In conclusion, I would recommend this curry paste, and although personally I don't like it as much as the Madras variety, this one will definitely be more suited to people who aren't a fan of spicy foods, but still like curry, or something to spice up otherwise boring meals. At £1 for a jar which lasts for a few weeks it's great value too, and is something that I will probably buy again, although I'm more likely to go for other flavours over this one.