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Feb 13th, 2019 at 9:47pm

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I love watching cooking shows and am always amazed at the amount of ingredients that go into a from scratch curry.

Now I have tried it and Maggie likes cooking curry from scratch however the amount of ingredients you need in a mortar and pestle to make a curry paste is astounding at times.

Also when travelling to have all of those ingredients is not an easy task.

So I have relegated myself to using prepared curry pastes and honestly these days it is hard to find a bad one.

As examples I am going to share the ingredients in some of the pastes I use and have at present in the fridge. 

I do like both Indian and Thai curry so these are primarily the pastes I have.

For example the PATAKS Vidaloo curry paste has:
Coriander
Paprika
Chilli
Turmeric
Cinnamon
Cumin
Fenugreek
Ginger
Tamarind
Mustard
Garlic

PATAKS Rojan Josh has:
Coriander
Turmeric
Paprika
Cumin
Fenugreek
Ginger
Desisted coconut
Onion
Mustard
Dried Coriander Leaf

VALCAM Thai Massamam Curry Paste has:
Garlic
Shallot
Lemongrass
Galangal
Chilli
Shrimp Paste
Cumin
Cardoman
Nutmeg
Mace
Cinnamon

KANTONG Thai Green Curry Paste has:
Onion
Lemongrass
Chilli
Lime
Sugar
Coriander
Galangal

Now they all have oils, fillers and other bits and pieces in them but of you had to carry all of those ingredients while travelling and a heavy mortar and pestle to grind them in then that is a lot of space.

Whereas you can put in a jar or two of the pastes in the cupboard and make some beautiful and easy meals when camping

Next time shopping grab a couple of jars and try them out, you just might be surprised.
 

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Reply #1 - Feb 14th, 2019 at 8:50am

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I tried the Camp Oven Vindaloo recipe and the Naan bread last night.

Yes bought a jar of PAKTAS and it was so easy, I agree too much ingredients to start from scratch.

Not too fond of hot chilli however the left over yoghurt from the Naan bread was in a side dish which was used a coolant Grin Grin Grin.
The Naan bread turned out so good I am not allowed to buy it anymore have to make it.

Derek, I too like cooking shows.

I have been married for 51yrs my lovely bride of 19yrs old cooked a lovely baked chicken dinner, now this young lady is very brainy however when the chook was served it was black on the outside, luv you had the oven too high not only that but in the 60s remember they put the giblets in the plastic bag this was still inside the chook. I then started to cook most of the meals we ate after that.
 
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Yes Derek, those jars are very useful. These days can't be bothered with all the grinding one has to do.
We enjoy the Thai Tom Yum style of soups and use the Valcom Laksa paste with a little Red Curry paste if more heat required.
My variation is with more (sweated down) vegetables than usual, cubes of fish and chopped coriander stirred in near the end. Cheesy
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Reply #3 - Feb 14th, 2019 at 11:18am

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Michael, I bought a jar of AYAM Malaysian Laksa Soup Paste last week.  Am still to try it.

Laksa is not one of my favourite dishes but Maggie loves it.
 

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On our local myswag group camping trips, we have a combined dinner where we all do a dish and we all then share the dinner.
We have a couple that always made there curry from scratch. For me though I like cooking but I also go to relax so it is a premix for me.
I should take a few photos next time as we have a pretty good selection of food on offer, all cooked while camping.
We have been tried some of the Lobo mixes which we can buy from the local IGA, which has a good variety of things to try.
 
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Saltbush Bill & Topknot do some amazing ones when we have our COG’s as well.

Like you John it is the KISS principle for me Smiley
 

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Derek wrote on May 4th, 2019 at 2:06pm:
Saltbush Bill & Topknot do some amazing ones when we have our COG’s as well.

Like you John it is the KISS principle for me Smiley


I like the Aldi small jars of curry pastes.
The Massaman is not as good as my local Thai restaurant though.
 

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Derek wrote on Feb 14th, 2019 at 11:18am:
Laksa is not one of my favourite dishes



It is mine.
Love a good seafood Laksa.
With a bit of heat in it as well.
 

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Reply #8 - May 4th, 2019 at 2:54pm

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TBF wrote on May 4th, 2019 at 2:41pm:
Derek wrote on May 4th, 2019 at 2:06pm:
Saltbush Bill & Topknot do some amazing ones when we have our COG’s as well.

Like you John it is the KISS principle for me Smiley


I like the Aldi small jars of curry pastes.
The Massaman is not as good as my local Thai restaurant though.


Not really looked in Aldi.  Are they Aldi Brand ones???
 

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Maybe TBF meant the jars of various products one can obtain at Aldi.
Not necessarily Aldi brand

Recently bought a jar of chilli.... a much better flavour than the one usually on the Coles/Wooli's shelves.
Have found many interesting jar items of tasty food stuffs at Aldi...for instance the jars of pork worsts.....pickles, spice grinders, meat rubs etc.
All with their own branding.

The Aldi imported cheeses top anything locally available.
(matter of fact, just enjoying a chunk of British Stilton with sliced, home smoked venison and a glass of red at the moment)

An Australian introduction to what has been available in Europe for many years.  Cool
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