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      19.10.2011 23:17
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      A good brand of mango chutney

      I love using my slow cooker and regularly use it at the weekend when I want something I can literally put in, leave to cook and then serve when ready. I have some tried and tested recipes one of which is pork with mango chutney. I'll be honest from the beginning and say that I have always in the past bought the Sainsbury's brand of mango chutney despite me not being a shopper in this supermarket. However, we don't have a Sainsbury's in our small town and so with guests coming for dinner last weekend, I needed a mango chutney sauce quickly and looked the Tesco shelves whilst doing my weekly shop and with very little choice available I ended up with this Sharwoods Green Label Mango Chutney, which comes in two sizes, a 227g and a 530g jar. I picked up the latter as I was cooking for four people. This size of jar cost me £2.35 in Tesco.

      A jar of this mango chutney contains 241 calories per 100g, so it isn't exactly the healthiest of sauces. Sharwoods states that this product is made by simmering mangos with sugar before they are then left to mature, giving the mango chutney flavour. This product is however free from preservatives, gluten, colourings and flavours and is suitable for vegetarians. Sharwoods suggest serving this with poppodums or with a curry, however not being a big curry fan, I have only ever used mango chutney with chicken or pork.

      I know not everyone is a fan of mango chutney partly because of its sweetness, and partly because they don't like chutney. My husband used to fall into the category of disliking chutneys and it was only after I made mango chutney pork that he changed his mind. Now, as I said at the beginning, I used this sauce over pork in the slow cooker, and when it is ready, I have to say that I did find that it was very sweet and did scrape a lot of the thicker chutney off my pork chop as I don't like anything too sweet, unlike my husband who has a serious sweet tooth. That said, it did give the pork a delicious flavour and as long as I scraped off some of the excess sauce, it was just right for me in terms of sweetness. Our guests who had this mango chutney pork last weekend were very happy with the dish and asked for the sauce, so that confirms it is good.

      All in all, although I have always in the past used the Sainsbury's own brand of Mango chutney, this sauce, for the quantity that you get in the bigger jar is good value and does taste delicious over pork. Yes it is very very sweet, and if you have a sweet tooth this will be right up your alley, if like me you don't like things too sweet, as long as you scrape off any excess sauce over meat, they it gives the meat a delicious flavour without it being sickly. I will definitely buy this product again.

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        23.03.2010 10:14
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        Fruity And Delish!

        I brought this Sharwoods Mango Chutney to go with a curry I was making the other night, we was having poppadoms and the works so I knew mango chutney would go down nice. A small 125g jar was only £1.25, the bigger jar works out cheaper but we'd never had this before so I got the small one to make sure we was going to like it.

        It's quite smooth and there aren't loads of chunks in it, I'm glad about that though because I prefer smooth mango chutney to the thick gloopy stuff they use in the restaurant by me.

        This one has got a yummy taste. It's sweet and you can taste the mango in it big time. It doesn't taste madly sugary and it's like the sweetness of the sauce is coming from the natural sugar of the fruit. The mango in it tastes fresh and there's a wicked tangy taste to the sauce as well. Sharwoods have put spices in it and you can taste them but they don't make it hot tasting or anything like that.

        When we had it with our curry I put a dollop on everyone's plate and it helped take the spicy taste out of our mouths, we dipped poppadoms in it and it was delish and helped the meal taste even more like it had come from the takeaway.

        The other day I fancied something a bit different on crackers so I used some cheese and scraped a bit of mango chutney on the top.... it was delish and I'm glad I was feeling like experimenting because that's deffo something I'll have again. I reckon it would go nice as a sauce to dip nuggets and stuff in as well, I haven't tried that myself yet but the fruity flavour of it would go well with most things I think.

        1 tablespoon has got 48 calories in it so it's not the best thing for you if you're on a diet, but the taste is worth it and there is hardly any fat in the sauce so that's not too bad.

        Recommended... yummy!!!

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          18.02.2010 18:52
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          sweet, tangy,sour and very moreish

          Sharwood's are a well established British company who specialise in asian cooking sauces, spice-mixes, poppadums,noodles and much more. Mango chutney is a popular indian condiment and it is made by boiling the mangoes in spirit vinegar with sugar and spices, the finished chutney is both sweet and sour in taste and is an excellent addition to help cool down a hot curry.

          Mango chutney is often served as an accompaniment to an indian meal as well as spread on poppadoms. Mango chutney doesnt have to be limited to being used just with spicey food, it is also nice as a topping to a cheese sandwich or cracker - I have tried it also inside a cheese toasty which is best if you use a strong mature cheddar

          Sharwoods Green Label Mango Chutney comes in a 360g jar with a safety button cap - the chutney is quite thick in consistency which is good as some cheaper brands are a bit runny and can slide off your poppadom!. The fruit content is fairly well blended - you don't get big chunks of mango in it which for me is preferable. You can buy this product at most supermarkets it is usually priced at about £1.50 I have paid less than a pound for it from shops like home bargain though.

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          29.11.2009 11:04
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          Great with mature cheese on toast

          It would be rather clichéd to say that no Indian meal is complete without an enormous dollop of mango chutney in which to dunk your poppadoms. Venture into any Indian restaurant in the UK and your table will be adorned with dishes of mango chutney and mint yoghurt. My local restaurant buys it in in giant 50 litre vats such is its popularity. Incidentally in India its something you rarely come across outside the mango growing season as its prepared fresh rather than preserved.

          Fresh mango chutney is easy to make at home taking only a couple of hours from start to finish but its expensive to do and you don't get a lot although it does taste delicoious. The lazy alternative is a jar of Sharwoods Green Label Mango Chutney which can be found on the shelves of most supermarkets. The jars come in two sizes, 530g at £2.09 or the smaller 227g version at £1.19. Sharwoods chutney is considerably milder in taste than most traditional mango chutneys as it doesn't contain chillies. What it does contain is an awful lot of sugar, more sugar than mango in fact making it incredibly sweet too. Still its what the western palate considers acceptable.

          Sharwoods mango chutney is incredibly sweet, very sticky and contains great big gelatinous globules of mango. Its more like a jam than a sauce. Still if you like sweet things it tastes delicious and it's a great way to liven up cheese on toast.

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            07.06.2009 16:34
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            A bit of a treat

            I've just had a very nice butternut squash and chickpea curry for Sunday lunch with all the extras, naan bread, soya yoghurt with fresh coriander on the top, poppadoms and - of course - some mango chutney.


            I've tried many different supermarket brands of mango chutney - because I always like a bargain and I'll usually buy the cheapest and some of it is ok. However, I retain a soft spot for Sharwoods Green Label Mango Chutney because my Grandad used to eat it many years ago with his curry (Sharwoods was established in 1889) and I love the taste of it. It is the most expensive chutney I have seen, currently costing £2.09 at Tesco. The long jar and label are distinctive - with the green, black and gold design. It has a 'by appointment..' sign declaring that it is enjoyed by royalty.



            These are the ingredients:

            Sugar, Mangoes (41%), Salt, Acetic Acid, Spices (0.5%)

            You can see that you actually get a decent whack of mango and the recipie is not full of chemicals - which is probably why it tastes so nice. The jar also tells you that it may contain peanuts, nuts and sesame.


            Sharwoods say of their chutney:


            'This sweet and tangy chutney is made with Indian mangoes and a blend of spices.

            Each 20g serving contains Calories 48 2% of an adult's guideline daily amount.

            FOR MORE DELICIOUS MEAL IDEAS VISIT www.sharwoods.com '


            The chutney itself has a distinct mango-acidic tang as you open the jar. The contents are thick but mobile; it does not slop about nor is it rigid. Mine has much of the gooey chutney adhering to the side of the jar.


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            I actually find this chutney a little too thick to use with poppadoms. It is almost like a spreading consistency so I water it down a bit. I had been doing this quite a while in my household until someone complained and called me a cheapskate and I thought they had not noticed. However, I persist in this practise because I like my chutney to sit in the dip of the poppadom whilst I also dribble yoghurt and herbs on it. That's probably the way the Queen likes to enjoy it too.

            This is also what occurs in one of my favourite local indian restaurants and I have a good go of mimicing the experience. Anyway, the point of this is that the chutney does taste just as good - if not better with a bit of water - and doing this can make the expensive chutney more cost effective.

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            This chutney seems to sit happily in the fridge for ages (especially when watered down) and I have never yet found a jar gone mouldy. Also, it does not seem to have an annoying message telling you that once the jar is open - you must eat it in five seconds.

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            Worth the price because it can go a long way and it has a quality taste.

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              04.06.2009 13:16
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              A delicious accompaniment to any indian meal.

              I cooked an indian meal for my family last week and was serving Poppadoms so when I saw a 360g jar of this chutney on offer for just £1.00 in my local Co-Op I just had to pick it up as an accompaniment.

              The chutney comes in a glass jar which is clear and has a black screw top lid with a press down seal on the top so you can check if it has been opened or tampered with. There is a green label on the chutney (this is Sharwoods Green Label Mango Chutney after all!) and it has the Sharwoods logo as well as nutritional information, ingredients & Sharwoods contact information. There is 48 calories and 9.8g of sugars per 20g serving (1 tbsp) so this should be enjoyed in moderation.

              Upon opening the jar I can smell an extremely sweet smell immediately and it reminds me of jam. The chutney is a dark orange/light brown colour and I can see lots of small air bubbles in the mixture. The main ingredient is sugar follows by 41% of mangoes so this must be a very high mixture and this is what gives the mango chutney it's thick syrupy consistency.

              I had never tried mango chutney before but my other half convinced me to give it a try and I was not disappointed. I poured some of the sauce out in to a bowl and then dipped a small piece of poppadom in to it. Because the chutney is so sweet there really is no need to be greedy and just the smallest covering was perfect for my tastebuds. It tastes very sweet and I can taste the mangoes within. This chutney goes very well with dry poppadoms and gives them a whole new flavour for me.

              I would thoroughly recommend this chutney in indian recipes or just as a dipping chutney for poppadoms as it really is delicious, although, if you don't like sweet things then this is probably not for you.

              There is nothing on the bottle stating how long after opening it should be discarded so if anybody knows I'd appreciate a comment in the box! The best before end on my jar is 2010 so it's quite good.

              I am rating this chutney 5/5 as it's deliciously sweet & has a gorgeous mango flavour to it and no horrible large lumps!

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                25.05.2009 01:17
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                Great mango chutney with only a couple of drawbacks

                My wife needed mango chutney for a recipe last week, and asked me to get some. In our local Tesco's, of the three brands available, this turned out to be the cheapest on the shelf. Per 100g, I think it worked out a bit more expensive than the others, and it's the 375g squeezy bottle I picked up, as opposed to the more familiar format of a jar - this wasn't available.

                To start with, the squeezy bottle makes it easier to apply, especially if you're having it as an accompaniment to your meal, or for squeezing onto salads or sandwiches, as per the recommendation on the bottle.

                Mango chutney is used by many to add a bit of sweetness to an Indian meal without it detracting from the taste and effect the meal itself has. I have always had (wherever possible) a generous portion of it as an extra taste, and I found the Sharwood's version to be lovely. There are a couple of drawbacks, but one thing you do get is high quality mango chutney, with 41% of the contents being mangoes. Sharwood's boast using mangoes that have been properly ripened to ensure as much flavour as possible is extracted.

                The drawbacks are dependent on which container you use. The squeezy bottle I have is highly practical, but this does sacrifice bits of mango which you would get with the jar version. This is a smooth version of the bitty mango chutney. Another drawback is the price, which I have already mentioned was quite high. This 375g squeezy bottle cost me just over £1.50.

                Overall, this is a very good product. It tastes lovely, with a nice, sweet mango taste making it perfect for curry accompaniment, and it's easy to get out of the tube. There are no artificial colours or preservatives, either, so the healthy side of it is there, too. Ignore the cost and the lack of bits of mango for the smooth version. It's a great tasting product indeed.

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                  16.01.2009 17:03
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                  Highly recommended!

                  Whenever we make a curry we cannot resist some poppadoms and mango chutney to start. I like the sweetness that will contrast the hot curry to follow. Or you could use it on the side of the curry if that is your preference.

                  I have tried a number of mango chutneys. I am often swayed by the price and have tried a number of supermarket own brands. You cannot beat Sharwood's though. It is by far the most superior mango chutney. It is pretty smooth and there are not too many chunks of mango. In fact, I prefer it to the home made mango chutney from our local Indian restaurant because theirs often have massive pieces of fresh mango. Although I love fresh mango, I like my mango chutney to be suitably blended and smooth.

                  This is a really sweet chutney. I have quite a sweet tooth but generally I do not like sweet things in the main courses of my food - I like to keep the sweet bit for desert. However, this chutney is not too sweet and not sickly at all. You can however eat too much and get a bit of a sugar rush... if you are me anyway! It is not spicy at all, and so compliments a curry beautifully.

                  Nutritional Info Per 100g:
                  241 Calories
                  0.1g Fat
                  49.1g Sugar

                  This is a lovely mango chutney and worth the extra money because so far all the chutneys I have tasted do not come close to the superior quality of Sharwood's. Costs £1.20 for a 227g jar.

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                    15.01.2009 15:57
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                    Excellent Chutney

                    When it comes to eating curry, I have my own particular set of rituals. Firstly, I take all the rice on my plate and mix it in; and secondly, I take a teaspoon of Mango Chutney and add that to the mix also... delicious. A small amount of chutney can really bring out the flavour of a curry without destroying the subtlety of the meal. Of course, if it's a sweetish dish like a Korma, I probably won't bother with the chutney - but with anything else, it's in there like a flash.

                    The Origin of Chutney
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                    The word 'Chutney' is an English version of the Hindi word 'chatni', and is apparently representative of the sound made when eating something tasty! The condiment was first introduced to Europe in the 1600's when it was classed as a luxury item. Mango Chutney in particular is a speciality of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh which has the nickname the 'Rice Bowl of India'.

                    Nowadays, especially in Britain, chutney has become incredibly popular - not just with curry, but also as a dip for crisps and chips, and even as a filling for a sandwich.

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                    Costing £1.09 for the 227g jar from Tesco's, Sharwood's (established in 1889) Mango Chutney is probably the best known of the chutney brands. The packaging informs us that "juicy Indian mangoes, matured for their mouth-watering flavour, are simmered with a special blend of spices to give you this classic chutney".

                    Apart from Tesco, the product is readily available from all major supermarkets, and a selection of smaller shops. There is also a Green Label 'smooth' Mango Chutney which can be purchased - but for me, i'm happy with the lumps!

                    But how does it taste?
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                    Sharwoods Mango Chutney is very sweet, yet tangy at the same time. There are lumps of mango in the mixture, which are soft rather than crunchy, and the sauce is of a dark amber colour. To be honest, I don't mind how sweet my chutney is, as I don't eat it on its own; but in my opinion, this particular chutney is perfect.

                    Some chutneys can be quite spicy, but this particular one has no heat at all. For me, this is a good thing, as I will often use chutney (as well as to add sweetness), to help cool down and perhaps dilute a particularly hot curry.

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                    In terms of the contents, the product simply contains; Sugar, Mangoes (41%), Salt, Acetic Acid, and Apoces (whatever that is!). It makes a nice change to see so little ingredients, and also a lack of artificial colours and flavourings.

                    The chutney is suitable for vegetarians, and is also gluten free. The packaging does warn however (like a lot of food items these days), that it may contain traces of nuts.

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                    In conclusion, Sharwood's Green Label Mango Chutney is an excellent accompaniment to curry. For the price, the product represents very good value for money, and the taste places this particular chutney at the top of the scale for me. I have tried other makes of chutney in the past which didn't quite live up to the Sharwood's experience, and therefore I highly recommended this product.

                    Nutritional Info Per 100g
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                    Calories: 241
                    Fat: 0.1g
                    Sugar: 49.1g
                    Salt: 3.5g
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                    If you still don't fancy buying chutney, then it's fairly easy to make your own. The following recipe can be made relatively quickly:

                    1. Finely chop one or two onions, and also two cloves of garlic.

                    2. Now take around 200g of dried mangoes (which you can buy from most supermarkets), and chop them up - you can also use a chopped pear as well as mango, depending on your personal preference.

                    3. Add the ingredients into a large pan, and also add;

                    350ml of cider vinegar
                    2 teaspoons of grated root ginger
                    175g of muscovado sugar
                    2 teaspoons of mustard seeds
                    and ¼ of a tablespoon of ground allspice

                    Bring everything to the boil, and simmer for around half an hour until the mixture has thickened - hey presto, homemade mango chutney!

                    For more information about Sharwoods Chutney, visit www.sharwoods.com

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                      04.01.2009 21:22
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                      If you've not tried mango chutney before, give it a go!

                      I recently wrote a review for the version of Sharwoods Green Label Mango Chutney that comes in a plastic squeezy bottle, as up until then it was the only type I had tasted. However a couple of days ago I was able to try this glass jar version at a friend's house and was surprised to find that it had certain differences. I therefore decided it was worthy of its own review!

                      Like the squeezy version, this mango chutney is sweet, very lightly spicey and quite cool. Because it isn't really strong like many other Indian sauces, pickles and chutneys, it is a nice compliment to spicey curries and makes a refreshing change. It's also great if you're not good handling very spicey things. The chutney is lovely served alongside a meal or as an accompaniment to naan breads or poppadoms.

                      However, unlike its squeezy counterpart, this chutney isn't smooth with very small mango pieces. Instead it is quite chunky with some largeish mango bits. The consistency is much thicker and it is also very slightly spicier in my opinion. Personally I preferred the squeezy kind.

                      The packaging on this is also not as convenient as the upside-down squeezy bottle. The glass jar is tricky to screw open and close, especially if you have sticky hands from eating naan bread etc. Also, you need a long handled teaspoon to scoop out the chutney once you get more than about halfway down. I don't think it's a great design.

                      Packaging and a slightly thicker consistency aside, though, this chutney is still very yummy and if you prefer a chutney with large mango pieces then this would be great for you.

                      This chutney comes in different sized jars, but for an average sized one of 360 grams you can expect to pay around £2.50 at most supermarkets.

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                        02.12.2008 16:06
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                        Good to eat on it`s own, extra good to eat with a curry.

                        Sharwood`s is one of the first names that jumps to mind if anyone mentions chutney. James Allen Sharwood scoured the world in search of exotic spices and in 1889 founded the famous Sharwood`s company which still strives to provide us with innovative products.


                        Strangely enough I don't care for raw mangoes, but I really enjoy Sharwood`s mango chutney. Sharwood`s simmer the mangoes with sugar and then leave the mixture to mature to create that unique taste. The chutney is free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives. But it may contain nuts, peanuts and sesame seeds.



                        The chutney is delicious served with a curry and equally as delicious eaten beforehand with poppadom's.
                        Often if I am making a curry, or a sauce at home and I feel its needs a little `sweetness` added to it I will use a spoonful of mango chutney. I have tried countless own supermarket brand chutneys but they just don't have the same appeal. Lidl`s had a mango chutney in stock, because it was very reasonably priced I bought a jar, but I wouldn't make the same mistake twice.


                        A warm chicken and mango salad is scrumptious,
                        Stir fry enough thickly sliced chicken breast for 2-3 , keep cooking it until it is cooked through, then just leave it to keep warm in the pan.
                        Then make a dressing using 3tbsp of Green label mango chutney, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. Mix these altogether in a bowl and beat well, add seasoning to taste.
                        Arrange some lettuce leaves on a plate to make a bed, then pop the chicken breast strips on the top. Warm the dressing just a fraction and then pour it over the lettuce and chicken. Serve with warm crusty bread.
                        It is delicious !
                        A 360g jar will cost in the region of £2.45 and you will find it at most leading supermarkets

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                          10.09.2008 15:03
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                          Goes very well with hot and spicy curry

                          Chutney goes very well with Indian curries, as a dipper for pappadoms and naan bread. I have tried many types of chutney and the one that I like is Sharwood Green Label Mango Chutney.

                          The Sharwood Green Label Mango Chutney has a sweet and tangy flavour. The mango in the chutney is soft and well blended with the sauce. The mango chutney goes very well when you are having a very hot curry, the sweet taste do help to lighten the heat of the curry. The mango chutney can also be used as spread on bread and it goes very well with pappadoms and naan bread.

                          Sharwood mango chutney comes in 2 sizes, 530g and 227g, £1.74 for the 530g jar and 99p for the 227g jar. The ingredients in the Green Label Mango chutney are Mangoes (41%), Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Salt, Acetic Acid, Spices
                          Sharwood Green Label Mango Chutney is free from artificial colour, free from artificial flavours and artificial preservatives. It is also good for people with a gluten intolerant and suitable for vegetarians.

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                            19.08.2008 13:26
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                            A good quality, fresh tasting mango chutney..ideal with poppadoms

                            Monday night is curry night in our house. Not from the takeaway, but cooked by my own fair hands (with the aid of jar of sauce and some chicken!) I decided to treat us to the extra bits and pieces too, and as I am off work, make some naan bread. I bought some mini poppadoms and also picked up this jar of mango chutney. See I do get to the point eventually.This chutney is really tasty and free from artificial colours, flavourings and preservatives and the ingredients are sugar, mangoes (41%), salt, acetic acid, spices. There are huge chunks of mango in a delicately spiced sauce. This tasted the closest to that chutney I have had in an indian restaurant but I feel could be further improved by being chilled. I added a couple of spoonfuls to the curry that I made and it really added a depth and sweetness to the curry. I also served some with the poppadoms and it was delicious, but again I would have preferred it colder. This is definitely worth a buy currently available in asda buy 2 for £2 (normally £1.45 per 360ml jar) but I suggest storing it in the fridge opened or not.

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