Curry in a hurry is the perfect way to satisfy all your spice cravings, but there’s no need to spend all that dosh on a take away when you can get all those delicious Indian flavours just as easily at home.
Curry pastes are the best way to get a quick curry that doesn’t skimp on taste, as all those essential spices are preserved in oil in order to maintain their flavour. All you have to do is add some tasty extras and scoff! Take a look at our guide to the best Indian curry pastes you can buy.
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Curry can be great for those on a gluten free diet, as it has tonnes of flavour but none of the wheat. Some pastes do contain ingredients that can make gluten free eaters very unhappy indeed, but wheat intolerants can rest easy with Free and Easy pastes. We love their mild curry paste which has loads of warming flavours but is by no means blow-your-socks-off spicy. Marinade chicken breasts in this delicious paste and serve with a big pile of freshly fried okra.
Mr Huda’s spice pastes taste as if they’re straight out of a professional kitchen, and there’s one very simple explanation for that. They have been! Mr Huda’s chefs have all taken their extensive knowledge to create each paste and give you a foolproof recipe to create restaurant style curries. Mix their tandoori paste with yoghurt and spread on lamb chops, then grill quickly for an intensely spiced and incredibly juicy treat.
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Shemin’s pastes come in a mild, medium or hot so you can customise the recipes depending on the level of heat you want. We tried out their medium with the suggested recipe for chicken jalfrezi, a simple dish that was made even simpler from the fact we didn’t have to grind or toast any spices! The result was a thick, rich sauce with a delicious spicy note that was by no means overpowering. Can’t get much better than that!
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Patak’s is well known for their curry sauces that make cooking Indian food at home a lot easier. They’re constantly finding new ways to make delicious curries at home just that little bit easier, and their Bombay potato paste is doing just that. All you need to do is add the potato and some other veg of your choice then you have one seriously delicious side dish (or veggie main!).
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Tikka masala is one of Britain’s favourite curries to scoff down on a Saturday night. Fern’s thick paste is perfect for recreating your favourite restaurant’s dish, as it’s full of all those authentic spices that no masala would be without. The trick to getting this beautiful curry perfect is to marinade the meat in the paste for as long as possible for the most intense flavour.
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Korma just isn’t korma if it’s not subtly spiced and delectably creamy, and we think that Waitrose have got that delicious balance spot on with their paste. This nutty paste is amazing stirred into slowly cooked aubergines with loads of sweet coconut milk.