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How to Make Chicken Patia Curry – A Sweet And Sour Curry House Favourite

 

This chicken patia recipe will be included in my upcoming e-book.

 

Chicken patia

Home made chicken patia

For the past few years I’ve been going to my local curry house quite often trying to work out the flavours so that I can make the curries myself at home.

The chef there is a great guy and has given me a lot the restaurant’s favourite recipes with the agreement that I never tell his boss.

Deal!

One recipe, however he kept to himself. It was a sweet and sour dip that my kids absolutely loved dipping their pappadams into. I think he liked the fact that I couldn’t quite work out the flavours.

Well one day about three months ago, I was in the restaurant on a Sunday afternoon with my family. It was uncharacteristically quiet and my friend – the chef – came up to my table and invited me back to the kitchen.

“Do you like chicken patia?” He asked picking up a pan. I knew I was about to get a lesson.

“Yes.” I answered though I had never tried the popular sweet and sour curry, tending to choose spicier options when I go out.

“Then let’s make one!” He replied.

 

Chicken patia was most likely invented here in the UK to compete with Chinese takeaways offering sweet and sour chicken.

 

He opened the fridge and took out some mint sauce, a small tub of Patak’s mango chutney, some ketchup and and some pineapple juice. He also grabbed some red food colouring and tandoor curry powder from the shelf.

I mixed the ingredients together as he instructed and then he handed me a spoon.

“Try it.” He said smiling.

It was the pappadam dip my kids loved!

It also happens to be an essential ingredient in chicken patia!

Since making this recipe for my kids the first time right there in the restaurant, it’s always on their request list. If you like chicken patia, you’re in for a real treat with this recipe.

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Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

150ml pineapple juice
150ml ketchup
150ml mango chutney
3 – 5 tablespoons mint sauce. (mint sauce is the sour part of the ‘sweet and sour’. Add it to your own tastes.
red food dye
1 tablespoon tandoori powder or curry powder

3 breasts chicken – pre-cooked like I do here
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 cloves garlic – smashed into a fine puree
1 inch ginger – sliced and smashed into a fine puree
1 tablespoon red chili powder
1 tablespoon coriander powder
2 tablespoons cumin powder
Approx. 500ml (2 cups) curry gravy
1 small bunch of coriander leaves – finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Chicken patia sauce

Patia sauce works great as a pappadam dip too.

method

 

I always make the patia sauce first. You could double the recipe and use it as a dip for pappadams too.

Mix the pineapple juice, ketchup, mango chutney, tandoor powder and mint sauce together .

Now add just enough red food colouring (optional) to give it that red glow that patias are known for and then set aside.

Heat the oil in a wok or pan. If using pre-cooked chicken – as they do in the restaurants – throw it in now.

If using raw chicken, cut it into cubes and fry until 90% cooked through and then add a few spoonfuls of curry gravy just to coat the meat.

Now add the patia sauce you set aside along with the ginger and garlic purees, chili powder, coriander powder and the cumin powder.

Allow to sizzle for about a minute and then add the curry gravy.

Your chicken patia is almost done now!

Throw in the chopped coriander and season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

Chicken patia is best served with rice and naans.

 

I hope you enjoy this very popular sweet and sour Indian restaurant curry. I may be a spice head but I serve this chicken patia at least every three weeks at home.

Enjoy.

By the way, as mentioned this recipe will be in my upcoming e-book. If any of you home cooks or Indian restauranteurs have any advice on making a better chicken patia, please let me know by leaving a comment here.




27 Responses to “How to Make Chicken Patia Curry – A Sweet And Sour Curry House Favourite”

  1. Jennifer Griffiths says:

    Fantastic curry recipes the whole family and friends really enjoy them, how do I make the madras hotter as for Vindaloo or Phall. Keep up the good work and thank you. Jenny

  2. Kevin says:

    Thanks, this is my favorite. I have looked for this recipe for years. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Kavey says:

    From what I understand, patia is an authentic Parsee dish, but uses seafood not chicken. So it could be made with prawns, or fish.

    I think it’s just the idea to use same kind of sauce for chicken and other meats that is a BIR thing.

    Though I’d imagine the base recipe has changed somewhat too.

    But patia per se is not completely a BIR thing.

    (PS Came here via a link on pinterest)

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Kavey

      Thanks for stopping by and that’s news to me. Thanks for letting me know. Do you have a link I can go to so that I can read about fish patia being authentic Indian? :)

  4. Steve Bunney says:

    Having moved to Australia 6 years ago, we have tried everywhere here to find a decent tasting curry but to no avail, until i came across your website, i was blown away at how tasty this dish is, just like the curries we have back in the UK.Thank you so much for your recipes.Easy to follow and very very tasty…

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Steve

      Really glad you liked my recipe! Thank you very much for giving it a try. I’ve got loads more recipes on the way so please don’t be a stranger. :)

  5. Emma says:

    Sounds delicious! Do you think this would work with paneer or quorn pieces to make it veggie?

    • Dan Toombs says:

      It is nice. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I think potatoes, quorn and/or paneer would work very well with this recipe.

  6. Yvonne says:

    Not sure what I did wrong but looked too dark and thick and tasted much too “rich”. Wondered if I’d added too much cumin or was it the wrong curry powder (medium)? It’s my favourite take-away curry so hope you can help. Thanks

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Yvonee

      If you use a store bought curry powder, you won’t get great results. Try using my homemade version in the larder cupboard section of my site.

  7. jon baylis says:

    ok so iv never cooked indian before and i love chicken pathia , iv gone out and got all the ingredients as above , will let ya know how it goes

  8. Dave says:

    Hi Dan, just did your garlic chilli chicken and it was spot on. Looking to do a patia next. Just for clarification is the mint sauce you refer to the same mint sauce that you would traditionaly use with roast lamb ? Regards Dave

    • Dan Toombs says:

      That’s the one Dave. I use Colemans but any good brand will do. Sometimes in Summer I make my own.

      Good luck with the recipe.

      Dan

  9. Roy McFarlane says:

    Dan, this is by far the best patia recipe i’ve come across so far. Easy to make and very tasty, the missus preferred it to our local curry house and theirs is very good. well done mate, looking forward to trying a few more of your recipes.
    Roy

  10. I have been looking for this receipe for ages, will give it a go this weekend.

    Thanks for sharing, pathia is my FAV!

  11. Mike M says:

    Hi Dan,

    Before diving in with both feet first to make what looks to be a superb dish, a quick question on the Mint Sauce used.

    Do you mean Mint Concentrate (e.g. Colemans), Mint Sauce (e.g. Colemans that you have with your lamb roast) or the Mint Sauce put out with the pickles and poppadums?

    Already made your curry base and it works a treat.

    Many thanks,

    Mike

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Mike. Gosh – I didn’t know there are so many. LOL. I just use Colemans mint sauce – the same you use for lamb roast. That’s what most Indian restaurant chefs use too. :-)

      Thanks.
      Dan

      • Daniel says:

        Dan and Mike

        I used the Colmans mint concentrate. I was very unsure about putting mint sauce in the curry at all so I only used one tablespoon. Even that quantity was quite over powering so I added two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar instead of any more mint sauce. After that the curry did turn out excellent. The next time I am going to start with apple cider vinegar and maybe add the mint concentrate. I have had lots of BIR Pathias and none of them have the unusual taste the mint gives it.

        Thank you for the recipe Dan it is very good overall. I am now living in Phoenix, Arizona and it is nice to know I have a good source of reipces. Our local Indian restruarants are beyond cr*p and could learn a thing or two from your website.

  12. Susan says:

    Hi Dan,
    I have been trying to perfect the wonderful patia for quite some time now. I have experimented with tamarind as I thought it was a compulsory ingredient for the patia recipe. I have also tried the lemon and vinegar alternatives too to try and capture the sweet and sour element. However, I am so so so excited about the recipe you have shared as patia is my all time favourite Indian curry and cooking Indian style curries is my all time favourite hobby.Can’t wait to give it a go.
    Thanks again x

  13. Becky says:

    Hi dan I am in the middle of making the pathia and have doubled the ingredients as I am cooking for 9 tonight. As I have doubled the ingredients I only added 4 tbsp of mint sauce and I have tried it and that is all I can taste when I taste thr sauce. Do you have any suggestions to fix this or is it supposed to taste really minty ?? Thanks

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Becky

      I think I’m a bit late answering but you could just add a little more of the other sauce ingredients. Mint sauce is quite strong when you add it because of the vinegar. If you cooked it a few minutes, the strong flavour may go away on its own.

      Thanks
      Dan

  14. Kim says:

    Hi dan. Just asking about the curry gravy. Is it the one from local supermarkets like the chip shop curry sauce or is it something that you get from a special shop.

    • Dan Toombs says:

      Hi Kim

      It’s a recipe used in a lot of curry houses to make curries faster and better. It really isn’t for sale though I do have a couple of recipes on my site.

      Thanks
      Dan

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