Hot Madras


I have to tell you that no matter how many times you visit Madras, you will never come across a Madras Curry. It simply does not exist in that sun-drenched south-eastern Indian city. Madras was the creation of the British back in 1640, as their second fortress trading post in India. It grew rapidly from a tiny fishing village to India’s fourth-largest city.

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Being in the deep south, the locals are partial to chilli or two in their otherwise typically south-Indian, mostly fish or vegetarian curries. The early British traders quickly adapted to curry, and finding it addictive, they soon started to build up a tolerance to Madrassi levels of chilli heat. Eventually, these early ex-pats retired back to England, but they wanted to take their newly acquired taste for hot curry back with them to blighty. Someone unrecorded in the mists of time, dreamed up the notion of curry powder, or as those early sahibs also called it, ‘curry-stuff’. And so began a trade which has continued to this day. Being a spice-growing area, Madras was easily able to manufacture curry-stuff, and one extra hot version became known as Madras Curry Powder. Coming more up to date, the earliest British curry houses were operated by Punjabis, whose food style and homelands were over a thousand miles from south India.

The early curry menu formula did not offer particularly hot curries, but in the early post-war days, demand began to emerge for them. In response, one of those wily restaurateurs dreamed up the notion of adding a teaspoon of chilli powder, tomato, ground almond and lemon juice to a standard Medium Curry, and calling it by a name he knew to be associated with chilli heat, and hey presto, the Madras curry was born.

To Cook Madras Yourself:
Use Madhuban Hot Madras Sauce with meat or chicken or prawn or vegetables. Simply follow the instructions on our recipes page.

Typical values as sold per 100g

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Onions, Rapeseed Oil, Water, Garlic, Ginger, Tomatoes, Mixed Spices, Capsicum, Carrots, Turmeric, Salt, Fresh Chilli, Fresh Coriander, Lemon Juice
Store Cool Dry Place Product has been tested for ambient
Can be Frozen Yes
Best Before End: See Base Batch Code M – best before 5 months from production
Suitable for Vegetarians Yes – Product is also suitable for vegans
Gluten Free Yes
Allergen None

Additional information

Weight 485 g