Mmmmm Chicken Tikka Masala...I'm not one for really hot spicy food, I'm more of a lover of flavour than sitting sweating at the dining table. So, whenever I have Indian food I always opt for the milder options such as tandoori and tikka. I like to try and make meals myself however sometimes I struggle during the week so I cheat a little bit and turn to jars (shhh!) plus it's so much fuss to make your own tikka paste! I have only ever bought one brand of Tikka paste, partly because Patak's is advertised for being so fantastic and partly because a jar lasts me bloomin' ages so I haven't needed to buy another one to try any others out yet!
Patak's started as a simple family business in 1925 with the curries being made and delivered by hand door-to-door. Since then it has expanded and employs over 700 people world wide! Patak's make several products including pastes, chutneys, pickles, dips, sauces, breads and pappadums which all make a delicious edition to your Indian style meals!
~ Price & Availability ~
Patak's Tikka paste in available to buy in most major supermarkets. It's available to buy in two different sized jars, 165g for around £1.49 and 300g for around £1.79 (Tesco currently have this size on offer at just £1.00! 05/11/2012). Ok, this is more expensive than your average jar of sauce but this is one of the things I will fork out for, and that says a lot about this product! Plus this is quite a rarity as you can normally just buy tikka masala sauce, not paste!
~ Packaging ~
Patak's tikka paste comes in a clear glass jar with a hot pink and purple label wrapped around it. The label has a paisley design on it to give it a nice Indian theme and feel. The name of the product is on the front of the label as well at the patak's logo. On the back of the label you will find nutritional information, allergy advice, cooking instructions, serving suggestions and storage information. The lid is a safety button lid, which is easy to open and is a pretty metallic purple. It's nice to have this safety button so you know that nobody has stuck their finger in the paste before you use it, if they have the button will be popped up.
~ Cooking ~
You can cook with Patak's tikka paste in several different ways, you can use it with cream or yoghurt to make your own tikka masala sauce (which is what I did) or even as a marinade either on It's own or blended with other ingredients. You could even add it to your favourite dishes to give them an unexpected tikka kick, such as spaghetti bolognaise.
~ Appearance, taste, texture & smell ~
Pataks tikka paste is fairy thick and dark brown in colour with specks of dark red and black. When you open the lid you are hit with a very strong spicy, rich tomatoey smell. I used it to make a tikka masala curry and it produced a smooth, creamy, rich, very flavourful sauce to compliment my chicken. The taste is very mild, which I like, however if you prefer a spicier kick then you would probably need to use more than the recommended amount.
~ Other information ~
Per 100g Patak's tikka paste contains, 121 calories, 3.6g of sugar, 1.35g of salt and 7.8g of fat.
It has 40 % less salt than the recipe used in August 2009.
Allergy advice: Contains mustard may contain traces of peanuts or tree nuts.
Patak's tikka paste is suitable for vegetarians and is free from artificial colours and flavours.
It is important that this product is not consumed uncooked.
~ Overall opinion ~
Patak's tikka paste makes an excellent addition to your curries, essentially it's a healthier option too because instead of buying a pre-made sauce you can control how much cream or yoghurt you use and you have the option to use low fat aswell. I would certainly recommend patak's tikka paste to lovers of flavours rather than spice. In my opinion It's well worth those extra pennies!
I can't award Patak's tikka paste any less than 5 stars! The only teeny weeny complaint I have is the price, but I can't really mark it down for that because I still buy it!
I was dubvious about trying this for various resons, one being I enjoy making food from scratch and two, if I'm not making it from scratch I tend to buy stir in sauce, but the other half persuaded me to give it ago and I reluctantly agreed.
Basically this paste combines the best of both worlds.It's so much easier and cheaper than making curry from scratch but there is still a small amount of cooking involved.
You fry onions and the paste and then add your chosen meat or vegetables, chopped tomatoes and water.A simple cheap ingredient list and most likely things that you have already so it's great to make on the spur of the moment.Simple to make but most importantly very very tasty!
Patak's paste creates a beautiful rich textured curry with a deep strong flavour.The combination of paste. onion and chopped tomato makes a chunky curry and it looks very authentic. As with all shop bought curry items it's no match for a take away but it's the closest i've ever got, even when i've made curry from scratch.It's also healthier than take away so it's another thumbs up for that.
Another excellent aspect to this paste is the price.I paid around £1.50 for a 283g jar and each batch of curry you make uses 1/4 of a jar.So for the bargain price of £1.50 you get 4 meals! Also, the paste keeps for 6 months once opened so you won't need to have curry every night for a week to use it up.
Overall this is an ideal store cupboard product, that I will keep in the house for impromptu curry nights.It's good value for money, easy to use and makes a brilliant tasty alternative to the forbidden take away.
I've always loved curry, but having tried to make it from scratch and found it incredibly labour intensive and pretty expensive too, I gave up and went back to using the ready made sauces. These were OK, but fell far short of the authentic curry flavours you'd get in a restaurant.
So when I came across a recipe for chicken tikka masala which used tikka paste, stock and tomatoes as for the sauce, I thought it might be an improvement. The selection of pastes was very limited in the supermarket, so I opted for this Pataks jar. At £1.73 for a medium sized jar, it's very reasonably priced.
I found it really easy to use- for the curry I was making, I just had to dollop two tablespoons into the mix. And the results were great! The flavour is much more authentic than the bought sauces- you can actually taste the individual spices. And while it's not the same as tikka masala made from scratch, it's a happy medium between this and the shop bought sauces. It's not too strong either- probably about right for people who like the kick of curry without their eyes watering! Adding a bit of yoghurt mellows it out if you prefer mild curry.
The jar I bought was enough to make two curries for four people, with a little left over which I used to marinate leftover chicken to make delicious tikka bites.
The only problem with it is its oiliness, which left a thin layer on top of the curry, despite vigorous stirring! But all in all, it makes for a very tasty meal, which I'd happily serve to my friends and family.
PRICE: £1.41 for 540g at my local Morrisons
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per ¼ jar serving):
(of which sugars): 5.4g
(of which saturates): 2.7g
Water, tomato (18%), onion, yoghurt (8%), cream (8%), vegetable oil, spices, mustard, concentrated tomato puree, sugar, modified maize starch, lemon juice, unsalted butter, garlic, salt, coriander, ginger, cumin seeds, paprika extract, cracked black pepper, cracked coriander seeds, lactic acid, dried coriander leaf, acetic acid, natural coriander leaf flavour
Suitable for vegetarians
Free from artificial colours and flavours
Contains mustard and dairy ingredients
May contain nuts
Usually I make my own curries, but a few days ago I was rather strapped for time and had a major urge for an Indian meal. I don't have an Indian takeaway anywhere near where I live, so I thought I'd give Patak's Chicken Tikka Masala cooking sauce a try. I have been using Patak's spices and Indian pickles/chutneys for many years with complete satisfaction, always finding them to be authentic and tasty, yet this was the first time I'd ever tried one of their sauces in a jar. Hoping that this cooking sauce would be as high quality and have that Indian restaurant authenticity equal to their other products, a jar fell into my basket whilst wandering aimlessly around Morrisons.. I also bought a pack of large prawns, hoping to create a King Prawn Tikka Masala identical (or as close as dammit) to a good restaurant version.
Patak's Tikka Masala cooking sauce comes in a tall screw-top jar, which has a security seal. The colours of the jar label are mostly yellows, dark pinks and purples, and there is an image of a dish of chicken tikka masala on the front. The rear of the label shows nutritional information, ingredients, instructions for use, dietary/allergy advice, Patak's contact details and a notice to say that once the jar is unsealed, all the contents must be used immediately.
Once I'd broken the seal on the jar and unscrewed the lid, I wasn't too impressed with the smell of the brownish/orangey coloured thick sauce inside. To me, it smelled rather sour and sickly, and nowhere near as spicy as I had expected. I also felt that there was far too much sauce in the jar for a single-serving - yes the jar label states that it's four servings - but for those who live alone, bearing in mind all the sauce must be used immediately, the whole jar-ful is much too large a serving. I don't know if smaller jars containing less servings are available, as what I bought was the only size they had in Morrisons.
I followed the cooking instructions on the jar label, and as I spooned the gunge out of the jar, I felt it was a little too thin for a traditional, authentic tikka masala, and the wrong colour. I'd like it to have been more reddish, and almost twice as thick. Hoping that the sauce would thicken during the cooking process, I added a quarter of the jar to my prawns, stirred, and left to simmer for 15 minutes.
During the simmering time, I wasn't overly impressed with the smell. To me, it wasn't the pleasant aroma of curry cooking.....it was more like Chinese sweet & sour cooking sauce from a rather dodgy takeaway that everybody except for the very inebriated make a point of avoiding if they find the kebab shop is shut on their way home from the pub. Serving the cooked 'curry' onto my plate, it didn't look very appetising either. The sauce was the colour of I won't say what, as there may be some squeamish people reading this.
Settling down to eat, and hoping that my taste buds would find something more appealing than my other senses had so far done, I took a mouthful - yuk! it was disgusting!!! There was quite a spicy flavour present, but not a nice, fragrant blend like a real tikka masala ought to be - this was more like a gloopy, far too sour mish-mash of scrapings from the bottom of the factory floor. The ingredients list implies that there is rather a lot of coriander in this sauce, but I couldn't taste it at all, and where was that slight sweetness which should be present in tikka masala? The consistency was gluey rather than creamy, and the whole blend was utterly foul.
I couldn't continue eating, so just fished out the prawns, scraped the sauce off, and ate those with the parts of the rice that hadn't been contaminated by this disgusting sauce. The remainder of the jar went where it truly, in my opinion belongs - in the rubbish bin!
I was very disappointed in this sauce, having in the past always found Patak's products so authentic, and of very high quality, and I certainly shan't be buying this or any other of their cooking sauces again. The resemblance between Patak's Tikka Masala cooking sauce and a real tikka masala is hovering around the zero mark.
In future, I shall learn to arrange my time more efficiently so that I can continue to make my own curries, rather than rely on a ready-made sauce which, though easy to use, is no good if it tastes awful.
The only thing I can say in Patak's favour re: their tikka masala sauce, is that four servings per jar means it's a very economical way of cooking a curry (and I use the term 'curry' very loosely in this instance) which will feed four people, and a lot cheaper than making your own from scratch. So, if you don't mind the taste of this sauce, then it's a great and convenient thing to use - but certainly not for me, ever, ever again.
I realise I am out on a limb in my opinion of this product (compared to other reviews on same) - but then that's how life goes.
Thumbs down from me to Patak's in this instance and in future I shall stick to buying just their spices and pickles.
Thanks for reading!
I tried this tikka paste for the first time recently when the usual Asda's own version was unavailable. It costs around £1.29 for a medium sized jar containing 283g and it will keep in the fridge for about a week once opened.
I have to say that I was a little disoncerted at the amount of grease that was floating at the top of the jar when I opened it, the usual one I use does not have that much visable grease at all but then its dispensed via a squeezy tube (very handy!) unlike this one and so it would be harder to see anyway.
Looking at the ingredients on the back (as Luigi just pointed out he would be interested to know if there were any nasties in it! - lol) I was relieved to see it is made of totally normal and recognisable items, ginger, tomato paste, garlic, onion etc and turmeric. The only things which concerned me slightly were lactic and acetic acid. However, a quick trip to wikipedia informs me that acetic acid is an organic acid found in vinegar and lactic acid is found in milk products so again is nothing major to worry about.
The depth of flavour from this paste is astounding though and makes me realise that sometimes cheaper is not necessarily of equal quality. Pataks is a name with a solid reputation when it comes to indian cooking and I can see why. The spices are so well balanced in this that a little goes a long way.
Despite my initial concern over the amount of grease, when it is cooked out the resulting dishes do not taste greasy at all and seem to be just packed full of flavour. In comparison to the stores own version I was using the flavour in this paste is incredible and it gives a wonderful colour to marinades too.
This product is suitable for vegetarians and coeliacs but may contain traces of nuts.
Here is how I use this product most often - to make a very low fat tikka masala:
You will need
2 chicken breasts
1 150g tub 0% fat greek yoghurt
1 tin low fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons tikka paste
1 large onion
Fresh coriander chopped
Firstly, way in advance (preferably the night before) you want to make the dish chop the chicken into sizable chunks and add to a marinade created by mixing 1 tablespoon of tikka paste with the tub of 0% yoghurt and some salt.
When you come to make the dish itself the first thing you need to do is remove all the pices of chicken from the marinade and space them out on a baking tray then bake them for about 10 minutes on 200 degrees. This will start to cook them but more importantly will turn the marinade to a proper tikka consistency. Once cooked put the chicken to one side for the time being.
In a large pan or wok heat 1 tablespoon of tikka paste then add the onions and sweat them out slowly in the paste over a low heat until softened. Add the passata and coconut milk and bring up to boiling point then reduce the heat and add the chicken back in. Simmer for ten minutes to ensure the chicken is cooked through.
Stir through the coriander and serve with rice and naan!
I was amazed when a friend gave me this recipe at how tasty the final dish is, I would never have believed it was low in fat from the taste but it just goes to show that as long as the flavours are right a dish does not need to be fattening to taste good!
Being a big fan of curry's, I have tried many different curry sauces in a bid to find a sauce that barely resembles a curry that you would get in a proper Indian. I have tried different sauces, including Tesco's own, Morrisons own, and also the bigger branded, more expensive Patak's and Lloyd Grossman's sauces. Many of the different sauces that I have tried have been really nice, and many have been very disappointing and a waste of money. One day I decided to make my own curry, using Patak's Tikka Masala Curry Paste, and since that day I have not turned back, or bought another curry sauce.
Patak's have been providing the British public with quality Indian food since 1957. The company provides around 80% of British Curry houses with the curry sauces and mixed spices for the production of their foods, whilst also supplying most leading supermarkets with ready-made meals, sauces, pastes, naan breads and popadums. Last year, the founding family of the Patak's business, Mr & Mrs Pathak, to the Associated British Foods company, whose products range also include Silver Spoon sugar, Twinings tea and Ovaltine.
To make Chicken Tikka Masala, you will need:
1/4 jar of Patak's Tikka Masala curry paste
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1 diced onion
250g of diced chicken
400g of chopped tomatoes
100ml of water
100ml of cream or yoghurt
Chopped coriander to finish (optional)
The instructions for use are readily available on the jar, and making the curry couldn't be easier. For a meal for two, firstly you need to fry the diced onion in a little vegetable oil, and add the diced chicken. Add Patak's Tikka Masala curry paste to the pan, and fry until the chicken has cooked through. Add in a can of chopped tomatoes, and add the water to find the desired sauce thickness. Leave to simmer for about 10 minutes, then add the cream or yoghurt (I prefer cream). Continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes until the curry is ready. You can add chopped coriander to finish if you wish.
A number of varieties, and new recipies can be found at www.pataks.co.uk.
The curry produced using Patak's Tikka Masala curry paste, is the finest curry I have tasted outside of a proper curry house. Although the curry does not taste as sweet as a proper chicken tikka masala, it has a deliciously rich taste, with a strong tomato presence. There's nothing fake about the curry's taste, unlike many curry sauces on the market, and I find seeing the ingredients going in to my curry far more satisfying than using a pre-made sauce. The sauce has a thick texture, although this can be altered depending on the amount of water used. I personally prefer my sauce to be a little thicker, so I tend to use less water in the mix.
Curry's are obviously not the healthiest meals you can eat, and using a paste is no different. A typical 30g serving contains 111 calories (6% RDA), 2.6g of sugar (3%), 9.6g of fat (14%), 1.7g of saturated fat (9%) and 1.8g of salt (29%). The fat and salt contents in this product are particularly high, so it is not recommended that it is consumed on a regular basis. The paste comes in 283g jars, which is enough for around 6 to 8 servings, and once opened, the paste will keep for around 6 months.
I would highly recommend Patak's Tikka Masala curry paste to any curry lover. There is slightly more work involved in making the curry using a paste, but in my opinion it is well worth it, and with each jar containing enough paste for up to 8 servings, it is excellent value for money. Patak's have a wide range of curry paste's available, including Korma, Madras, Balti, Tandoori and Garam Masala.
Patak's Tikka Masala curry paste retails normally at around £1.40 in most supermarkets, however it is on offer at the moment in Sainsbury's at 99p, and also in Asda at £1.
Patak's Tikka Masala Curry Paste!
Wow, I was blown away with how simple it is to make your own curry. I had previously bought the ready made sauce in a jar and thought I would give this a go as it was on offer for a pound in morrisons.
The paste comes in a glass jar and hold 283g. The instructions explain that you need 1/4 of a jar of paste, 1tbl spoon of veg oil, 2 onion diced, 250g of chicken breast (beef lamb , veg or prawns - alternative), 1 tin of tomatoes, 100ml of cream of yoghurt and 100ml of water. You can add corriander if you wish.
Basically you mix all these together to get your curry and it goes a long way. I did this meal for myself and my partner and there was tonnes left.
The curry itself does taste like a Tikka Masala, it is brown/red in colour and now the bright red that you usually get in Indian Curry Houses.
Per 35g serving there is 130 calories , 1.3g of protein, 5.9g of carbohydrates, 11g of fat, 1.3g of which are saturated. 1.7g of fibre and 1.0g of sodium.
Overall a really tasty a cheap meal. I suppose you could have this with rice, jacket potatoes, or chips.
I love Pataks. I have a cupboard full of their curry pastes and my favourites are the jalfrezi and the korma.
They're around about £1.60 a jar depending on where you shop and you should be able to get at least ten servings out of a jar which i think is great value.
Alls you do is add the paste to your own ingredients and stir, thats it.
Here's how I make a typical vegetarian curry with Pataks to serve two:
Chop one onion and one clove of garlic and fry for a few minutes. Add Quorn pieces (which you can marinade beforehand)followed by chopped vegetables of your choice, I usually chuck in tomatoes,green peppers and maybe some okra. I like cauliflower in a veggy curry too. Simmer for about twenty minutes.
Serve with rice or couscous.