BIR Madras Paste

(75 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 (75)

75 reviews for BIR Madras Paste

Based on 75 reviews
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  1. Nice and spicy

  2. Nice heat

  3. Brilliant suff! Easy to follow instructions for an authentic Indian restaurant curry and sundries. Love it

  4. Excellent as ever

  5. Time saver, great paste

  6. Haven’t used yet so can’t comment

  7. Added to base gravy excellent i have been doing bir currys for quite sometime but this was excellent will order again thanks

  8. A good quick fix but I need to learn the correct proportions to suit my taste! The fun of this is that you learn as you go along!

  9. Very good

  10. Good saves time

  11. Original taste.

  12. This along with the base gravy was my first ever purchase from you .
    It was amazing!!!!

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