BIR Madras Paste

(109 reviews)

This is the madras paste we use in our own curries. We make it from a blend of spices, tomato, tamarind and lemon which create a deliciously rich, spicy and tangy flavour for madras curries.

If you’re looking to recreate the taste of a great British Indian Restaurant madras at home then this will help elevate your cooking to the next level.

Our new madras paste pouches will last a month without having to be frozen or chilled

View Chicken Madras Recipe.

350g portion - makes 5 curries.


Onions, Water, Vegetable Oil, Garlic, Ginger, Salt, Tomato Puree, Plum Tomato, Coriander Powder, Turmeric, Cumin, Paprika, Garam Masala, Chili Powder, Cinnamon Powder, Nutmeg, Mace, Fennel Seeds, Cardamom Powder, Fresh Tomato, Fenugreek Leaves.

For allergens see ingredients in bold.

Prepared in a kitchen that handles nuts, sesame and mustard.

Cooking instructions

View Chicken Madras Recipe.


1 chef's spoon (40g) vegetable oil

1 teaspoon (5g) garlic paste

½ chef’s spoon (20g) BIR tomato paste

1 teaspoon (3g) BIR mix powder

¼ teaspoon (2g) salt

½ teaspoon (1g) kasoori methi leaves

1 chef’s spoon (70g) BIR madras paste

150g pre-cooked chicken

400g BIR base gravy (heated and diluted)

handful of fresh coriander

Makes takeaway size portion (serves 1 to 2 people)


Prep time: 5 mins | Cooking time: 10 mins

Have all the ingredients ready to go as this curry cooks quickly

  1. Heat the pan on a medium high heat and add the vegetable oil
  2. Add the garlic paste and BIR tomato paste and stir for around 10 seconds
  3. Add the BIR mix powder, salt and methi and stir in for another 10 seconds
  4. Add the BIR madras paste and stir for a further 30 seconds
  5. Add the pre-cooked chicken and stir for around 1 min so that all the chicken pieces are coated with the sauce
  6. Add the base gravy and simmer on a high heat for around 2 mins whilst occasionally stirring, scrape off any dried sauce on the edges back into the pan
  7. Turn the heat down to a medium heat and simmer for another 3-4 mins until the sauce thickens and turns into a darker colour and you can see oil rising to the top
    Tip: To help thicken the sauce, avoid covering the pan to allow steam to escape
  8. Add the coriander and stir through
Storage instructions
Store in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Once opened refrigerate and use within 3 days. Do not use if pouch is bloated or leaking. Unused paste can be frozen for up to one month.
Reviews (109)

109 reviews for BIR Madras Paste

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  1. Tastes like the Madras’s i used to get in my teens. Love it. Not hot enough for me though so i have to spice it up a bit but the taste is AWESOME!!!

  2. Use this Paste along with Base Gravy. Perfect.

  3. Excellent!

  4. I used this to part cook lamb kebabs – gorgeous

  5. Absolutely spot on

  6. Made my first curry using the paste. Liked it a lot

  7. Easy to use and saves time. Very good.

  8. Nice

  9. Our favourite

  10. Amazing

  11. Love it

  12. Spot on 👍

  13. Just like getting from takeaway was really nice and spicy

  14. Time saving sauce

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