Karai translates to spicy, and this dish is deliciously that. Thinly sliced pork and cubed butternut squash stir fried and then quickly simmered in a rich tomato sauce spiced up with ginger, cumin and chillies with a handful of frozen peas added near the end to add some colour (and more veggie power).
Patak’s has recently come out with their Cooking Sauces for 2. These sauces come in 320ml pouches and although they are ‘for 2’, most of the meals I create with them can easily feed 3 to 4. Besides being delicious, I also love these pouches because they are easy to store and much lighter to carry (and don’t break!). Patak’s loves their brand ambassadors and they send us oodles of product to sample and experiment with and because of that I share a lot with my family and friends to let them #DiscoverPataks. My dad has also recently come up with his own ‘signature blends’, and has mixed 2 of the pouches together when he is making a larger meal (as I’ve mentioned before, he loves him some curry).
This month’s creation was inspired by the Beef Karai recipe on the back of the pouch of the Patak’s Spicy Cumin & Ginger Sauce for 2. I didn’t have any beef, but I did have some pork stir fry strips in the freezer and half a butternut squash that needed to be used up and some peas in the freezer. That’s the beautiful thing about these sauces, while the package gives you one recipe, the possibilities are endless and the only limits are what you already have on hand. For that matter, I’d enjoy many of the sauces as is, simmered and served on rice. This sauce is spicy, so we paired up our Pork Karai with some Patak’s Sweet Mango Chutney and left the Lime Pickles in the fridge.
This month on Good Korma, the Patak’s blog, you’ll find their spicy take on the party favourite Seven Layer Dip. I think the recipe would be the perfect way to mix in a little bit of India into your holiday potlucks… but anything I can dip grilled naan bread into is a winner.
Disclosure: I am part of the Patak’s Canada ambassador program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.