When you are picking up ingredients at the market for a delicious Butter Chicken, this is what you’ll be faced with… but what’s the difference between curry paste and sauce?
Growing up, the only curry I knew came in the form of the bottle of khaki coloured powder in the cupboard. While it still serves a purpose, the thing with dried, ground spices is you’ll never have that fresh flavour, nor will you get the depth of flavours that using fresh ground spices or a curry paste will provide.
A curry paste, like Patak’s Butter Chicken Curry Paste, is a perfectly selected blend of freshly ground spices which are immediately preserved in vegetable oil so that the air does not get to them and alter their flavour profile. Once the bottle is open, you store your remaining curry paste in the fridge. The good thing about using curry pastes is that you can use as little or as much as you’d like. Because the pastes are still in a ‘raw’ form, it’s important to ‘cook’ the spices in a hot pan for a minute or so before adding liquids or using in another recipe to fully release their aromatics.
A curry sauce, like Patak’s Butter Chicken Cooking Sauce (in the bottle or the smaller pouches, which are roughly half the amount of a bottle. The bottles also in Spicy and Light varieties) has all of the work done for you. The same curry pastes are used, but they’ve also prepared the entire sauce, so adding protein and/or veggies and a quick simmer is all you need to do (these also make perfect pizza sauces).
Last night, we were rushed for dinner and I think I may have made the quickest and simplest Butter Chicken in history. I simply emptied a bottle of cooking sauce into a pot and added about 1/3 of the meat off of a store-bought rotisserie chicken (yes, I am obsessed with them lately, but they are so good and budget-friendly!). I simmered it while the rice finished and we loved it.
In my opinion, neither paste or sauce is better than the other and both have their place in my kitchen. I’m not much of a debater, am I?
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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 are this blog are my own.