Like your curries sweet, sour and mildly spiced? Try this chicken pathia!
Chicken pathia is a UK original! It was developed first by Bangladeshi chefs at British curry houses in an attempt to compete with the hugely popular sweet and sour chicken that was becoming popular at Chinese takeaways.
Chicken pathia is so good with plain Basmati rice or flavoured Basmati rice. You might also like to try it with naans or chapatis. Don’t forget the homemade dal and samosas! You might also like to serve this with homemade poppadoms and a selection of chutneys and raitas.
Chicken pathia… What flavour to aim for…
If you are thinking about making this restaurant style chicken pathia, you probably already know that it is a delicious combination of sweet and sour.
In this case, the sweetness comes from the sugar and mango chutney. The sourness is from the lemon juice and tamarind.
There is also a hint of spiciness from the chilli powder.
All of these flavours can be adjusted to taste by adding less or more of each.
I love this chicken pathia recipe exactly as written but feel free to adjust the recipe to your own preferences. You’ll like it much better then.
The difference between this chicken pathia and the one in my cookbook ‘The Curry Guy Bible’.
In my cookbooks, my curry house curry recipe serve four people.
On my blog, I have written them in curry house portions to serve one to two people.
Recipe ingredient substitutes for chicken pathia…
Chicken pathia is hugely popular at restaurant but so are other variations.
You might like to add tandoori prawns to the sauce instead of chicken to make a prawn patia. Lamb, vegetable kofta, paneer, beef… All of these will work.
About the prepared ingredients…
This is a curry house recipe and in order to get those right, you need to use a base sauce. Here is one of my recipes.
It takes about an hour to make but don’t let that stop you! A large batch of base curry sauce is enough for about 30 portions. It freezes really well.
This comes in really handy when you want a curry house style chicken pathia or any of the other famous curries. Once your prep work is done, this chicken pathia can be whipped up in minutes.
Pre-cooked meat and/or vegetables is also good to have on hand. Not only does it speed up the cooking process, it also adds another layer of delicious flavour.
Indian restaurant curries like this chicken pathia usually include a lot of ingredients.
I recommend getting all of your ingredients ready.
This saves having to look for essential ingredients while cooking.
Would you like to see step by step photos of how to make chicken pathia?
Here you go…
International & UK Orders
Here are some more curry house favourites you might like to try!
- 2 tbsp rapeseed (canola) oil
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
- 1 tbsp mixed powder
- 1 tsp red chilli powder (more or less to taste)
- 1 tbsp sugar (more or less to taste)
- 70ml (1/4 cup) tomato puree
- 300ml (1 1/4 cup) approx. base curry sauce
- 350g ( 12oz) pre-cooked chicken
- 1/2 tbsp smooth mango chutney
- 1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate
- 1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)
- Juice of one lemon
- red food colouring (optional)
- 2 tbsp chopped coriander (cilantro)
- Salt to taste
- Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, stir in the chopped onion and fry for about 3 to 5 minutes or until soft.
- Add the garlic and ginger paste and stir, allowing to sizzle for about 45 seconds.
- Now add the mixed powder, chilli powder, and sugar and fry for a further 30 seconds.
- Add the tomato puree followed by a ladle of base sauce. Continue adding a little base as required. If the curry is looking too dry, add more base sauce. If too saucy, just cook it down.
- Stir in the pre-cooked chicken or what ever pre-cooked main ingredient you like.
- Now add the tamarind concentrate and mango chutney and stir it into the sauce.
- Allow to cook down to your preferred sauce texture or add more base sauce if necessary.
- Add the dried methi and lemon juice. The stir in the food colouring if using.
- Garnish with the chopped coriander (cilantro) and season with salt to taste.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 471mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 12gProtein: 13g
The above nutritional info is done with a program and is just an estimate.