Curry paste can often be high in calories and oils, hence why we only need a spoon or two in our cooking, but you might be wondering just how many syns do these pastes have or whether or not you can have them on the slimming world plan?
Well, Patak's Madras curry paste has around 2 syns per tablespoon, making it an excellent low syn addition to a homemade curry with no guilt.
We've composed a short informational guide below which will discuss the difference in syns between Patak's Madras curry paste and sauce, the syn values for the rest of their paste and sauce range, some low syn alternatives plus an SW friendly Madras curry recipe.
Why Is Patak's Madras Curry Paste Lower In Syns Than Their Curry Sauce?
In comparison to Patak's cooking sauces, their cooking pastes are much lower in syns due to the fact they only contain spices rather than additional ingredients such as oil and cream.
Patak's madras cooking curry sauce has 4 syns in for 100g compared to just two syns for a tablespoon of the curry paste. Considering the daily average syn allowance is 15, having a homecooked curry at home with this paste is slimming world friendly.
You do have to consider any extras however such as yoghurts which you might mix in, if not zero fat you will have to count the addition syns when making the curry.
Patak's Syn Values For Pastes & Sauces
Patak's have an extensive range of sauces and pastes for giving an authentic taste to homemade curries, so to help you out, we've listed their most popular ones with their syn values below.
One way to save even more syns is by making your madras curry at home, this way you can make slimming world ingredient swaps to keep your madras curry SYN FREE!
Our recipe below serves four people in total.
Two teaspoons of curry powder.
700g of lean beef.
One pinch of turmeric and cinnamon.
Two spoons of natural yogurt fat-free.
800g of chopped tomatoes.
400g of passata.
Pinch of cumin.
Beef stock such as Bovril.
Start by cutting your beef into chunks then season, fry your onions, garlic and ginger in a saucepan for about 15 minutes in some water.
Add your spices then bring to a boil and simmer for another ten minutes.
Pour in all your chopped tomatoes and sauce plus the beef stock, stir and bring to a boil again, simmer for 3 hours stirring now and again.
Serve when beef is tender and stir in your yoghurt.
Overall, at just two syns per tablespoon, Patak's madras curry paste is an excellent addition to any homemade curry and doesn't cost you too many syns. We would suggest only using Patak's curry paste rather than their curry sauce to save on syns.
Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.