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Yes, I use the tube stuff, Alan, but usually far less than recommended (I don't like the taste of tomato in curries) and always diluted at least 2:1

** Phil.
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Hi Alan,

I can't ever remember using a recipe from here (I haven't tried every single one yet though) where the tomato puree hasn't been diluted.

Having a go at a recipe recently prompted here Eastern Tandoori Chicken Patala again using diluted.

The only exception is a Keema curry I make frequently that I found and wrote down years ago where the tomato puree is added after the onions and fried until the oil separates from it, at which point the meat and spices are added.

Regards,
BAJ
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In recipes they say to use tomato purée, but if you ever use that amount of it (the kind that comes in a tube from supermarkets) it's gonna taste bad. I've always only ever used tomato passata (usually the kind that comes in a cardboard box) or watered-down tomato purée. Does anyone use actual tomato purée with the measurements recommended in recipes? Any good tomato purée recipes? Thanks
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Lets Talk Curry / Re: The BIR secret....
« Last post by pap rika on December 11, 2019, 04:59 PM »
Yes, found that site earlier today, Pap, when I was searching, but (a) there seemed no way to add any to my basket, and
(b) they don't deliver to Cornwall ...

** Phil.

 :like: cheers phil
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Lets Talk Curry / Re: The BIR secret....
« Last post by Peripatetic Phil on December 11, 2019, 03:44 PM »
Yes, found that site earlier today, Pap, when I was searching, but (a) there seemed no way to add any to my basket, and
(b) they don't deliver to Cornwall ...

** Phil.
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Lets Talk Curry / Re: The BIR secret....
« Last post by pap rika on December 11, 2019, 02:10 PM »
This may be an alternative site, no indication they are not available. Admittedly the labeling is different to the previous site ?

https://www.hdsfoods.co.uk/?s=Nazirs+curry+paste&post_type=product :wink:

Regards pap rika
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Lets Talk Curry / Re: The BIR secret....
« Last post by Peripatetic Phil on December 11, 2019, 01:32 PM »
Three of the six previously stocked Nazir's pastes say "Discontinued by manufacturer. You may like Minara or Rajah brands... : £2.75" — I fear that this is the case for all six.

** Phil.
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Lets Talk Curry / Re: The BIR secret....
« Last post by pap rika on December 11, 2019, 11:23 AM »
https://www.spicesofindia.co.uk/acatalog/Nazirs-Curry.html
Might be worth watching in case they're restocked

Regards pap rika
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Lets Talk Curry / Re: The BIR secret....
« Last post by Peripatetic Phil on December 11, 2019, 09:51 AM »
Looks sadly as if Nazir's curry pastes are no longer made ...
** Phil.
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Lets Talk Curry / Re: The BIR secret....
« Last post by romain on December 10, 2019, 11:53 PM »
Again, not suggesting I am an expert by any stretch of the imagination...

I got this comment on my blog today. It suggests to me that applying solid cooking technique to the base restaurant concept is at least a significant part of it. This is from someone completely unknown to me. Their email address and reference to Nazir's (not available in North America) make me think UK resident.

"Patak’s really isn’t the one you want if you cheat, Nazir’s is the one, I find Patak’s is quite bitter in comparison. Anyway, great site and info, I’ve worked in an Indian restarant and the advice is spot on. Adjust things to your own tastes, but most of all, enjoy it."
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