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Tips for Cooking With Curry Paste

Tips for Cooking With Curry Paste

So, you've gone out and bought the best curry paste money can buy and you're ready to cook an amazing meal. Curry pastes are a fantastically easy way to make delicious meals, but if you really want to get the most out of your curry, here's a few tips to follow. 


Paste vs. Sauce

To the uninitiated, it may seem like curry sauce and curry paste are the same thing but in fact they are quite different. Curry sauces are thicker, starchier and don't contain the same depth and complexity of colour as a paste. Cooking with a paste instead of a sauce will result in more flavourful and authentic dishes.

Too Hot To Handle

If you are a curry newbie, some curry pastes might be too spicy for your taste. The great thing about cooking with curry pastes is that they are customisable and adaptable, so you might want to start using a little less than the recommended amount to ensure the spice levels aren't too high. Alternatively, you can use the full amount and serve your curry with some yoghurt to take the heat down a notch. This is an especially good idea if there are different levels of spice tolerance in your household.

Turn Up The Heat

If you're on the other end of the spectrum and you can't get enough spice in your curries, add some fresh chopped chilli to boost the spice factor.

Release The Flavour

In order to maximise the flavour of your curry paste, cook the paste in some oil over a medium heat for a few minutes before adding other ingredients.

Keep a Curry Spoon

The flavours in a curry paste are very concentrated and they can easily penetrate cooking implements, leaving behind a trace of their flavour and colour. With this in mind, dedicate one wooden spoon to cooking curries to avoid ruining the flavour of other dishes.


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4 Unconventional Uses for Madras Curry Paste

4 Unconventional Uses for Madras Curry Paste

We love curry, but playing it safe is boring - try mixing it up by putting your curry paste to work by adding flavour to other non-traditional curry dishes. While a classic chicken Madras curry might be the most obvious way to use your Madras Curry paste, the perfect flavour and balance of the paste means that it can be used to season a wide range of dishes. If you're looking to get a little adventurous with your madras, here are some interesting ideas that are definitely worth a try.


Madras Omelette

An omelette is a favourite fall back meal for busy people who don't have a lot of time to cook. While they are certainly delicious and nutritious, they can get a little bland if you don't get a little creative with the seasoning. Try frying some onions and tomatoes with a teaspoon of madras curry paste and some oil before pouring in your whisked eggs and cooking your omelette as usual.

Madras Baked Fish

Basting your fish in a coating of madras before baking is an incredibly easy way to create a flavourful, yet healthy dish that will impress your guests with the intense flavour. Simply coat your fish in madras paste, place in the oven and voila - you have a steaming, flavourful meal. 

Madras Roast Lamb

This is a similar concept to the baked fish, but with a roast lamb joint instead (you can also use beef if you prefer). Simply make several slits into the surface of the joint, and cover with 3 tablespoons of spice paste and marinate for two hours before placing in the oven. When the joint is 15-20 minutes from completion, remove it from the oven and baste with another 2 tablespoons of spice paste before returning to the oven. 

Madras Roast Potatoes

Add flavour to your roast potatoes with a curry kick by coating your potatoes in Madras curry paste before roasting. This is an easy way to spice up a roast dinner and will have people coming back for seconds. 


Feeling excited to get your hands on some madras curry paste? We don't blame you. Our Indian chicken (madras) curry paste has you you covered.  

4 Secrets to Making a Delicious, Quick and Easy Laksa

4 Secrets to Making a Delicious, Quick and Easy Laksa

Laksa is a savoury fusion of Chinese and Malaysian cuisine but it's a favourite among cooks across the globe. This delicious soup is packed with fresh flavour and a little bit of heat that's perfect for a cosy evening on the couch. The best thing is, with a few tips and tricks, you barely have to lift a finger to make it. Here are a few tips for making a delicious laksa without the fuss.


Secret 1: Laksa Paste

Laksa can be made from scratch with local ingredients, which can take hours and often doesn't taste as good as it should for all the effort. Save yourself the heartache of spending hours in the kitchen, by simply using a high quality laksa paste. Remember - it's not cheating if it tastes just as good!

Secret 2: Super Fresh Ingredients

The addition of a few strategically selected fresh ingredients can give your soup an authentic, full flavour with minimal effort.

The distinct citrus flavour of kaffir lime leaves will add a lively kick to your laksa, giving it that fresh tang that will weave into the dish, making it taste like it was made in the heart of South East Asia.

Curry leaves are another secret ingredient that can bring out a unique, aromatic flavour that is impossible to replicate.  The leaves also smell amazing and are rich in essential oils. You can boost their flavour level by heating the leaves in butter before adding to your laksa.

Secret 3: Prawns

Prawns are to laksa, what salt is to pepper. Their firm, crisp texture and clean flavour complements the soup perfectly and they only take a matter of minutes to prepare! What's not to love?

Secret 4: Soy sauce

Adding a tablespoon of soy sauce to your laksa can make all the difference. To vary the balance of flavours even more, try adding a dash of lime juice too.

Create your own bowl of steaming hot, aromatic laksa with our laksa spice paste, your new secret weapon in the kitchen. 

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Tips for Cooking With Curry Paste

Tips for Cooking With Curry Paste

So, you've gone out and bought the best curry paste money can buy and you're ready to cook an amazing meal. Curry pastes are a fantastically easy way to make delicious meals, but if you really want to get the most out of your curry, here's a few tips to follow.

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4 Unconventional Uses for Madras Curry Paste

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