BIR Tomato Paste Recipe

Difficulty: Easy
Total: 20 mins
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins

Tomato puree on its own is too strong and thick to use in BIR cooking, conversely tinned tomatoes are a little too weak and not also suited as they don’t cook down quickly enough. When tomato paste is called for in a BIR recipe it is usually a cooked combination of both tomato puree and tinned tomatoes, this gives a great tasting tomato base to curries and speeds up the cooking process.

Don’t have time to cook? Try our ready made BIR tomato paste


  • ½ tin (200g) plum tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon (40g) tomato puree
  • 1 chef’s spoon (40ml) vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon (5g) garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon (5g) ginger paste
  • 120ml water


  1. In a pan, blend the plum tomatoes with the tomato puree until smooth

  2. Add the vegetable oil, garlic paste, ginger paste and water

  3. Cook the mixture on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes

  4. The paste is ready when the oil starts to rise to the top and the consistency is similar to passata

  5. Once cooled, store in a container for up to 3 days in the fridge. Alternatively store in 20-30g portions in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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    BIR Tomato Paste

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    A pre-cooked tomato paste for making British Indian Restaurant style curries at home