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I'm an somewhat health and dieting obsessive. During the last year I was able to loose around 5 stone from substituting to low fat and light choice meals, along with exercise etc. I'm a massive advocate of these style of meals as they convient, filling and traditional everyday dishes. I was really excited to sample this product as I've longed for a curry during my time being on diet. However, I was really disapointed and didn't feel satisfied afterwards.
The product itself is served in the convential 400G portion and is separted into two compartments, the rice and the masala. You can cook it in the oven or in the microwave. However it takes around 25 minutes for it cook in the oven and about 10 minutes from the microwave from frozen. The product isn't presented in a very appealing style and the film sticks to the masala when it's cooked which can be irritating and messy. Also the rice is served quite hard and crunchy which makes it quite unpleasant to eat on it's own. On the packaging their is an issued warning of mild represented with one chilli pepper. I'm not someone who enjoys overly spicy food but the taste of the masala is extraordinaly plain and lacks any real spice or authentic taste of a masala and has no resembles to indian food. Another issue I found is the lack of chicken, I think counted about 3 small pieces of chicken in the masala which for me is not suffient to fill me up when eating my main meal for the day and I struggle to justify the cost of the meal.
The value of £2.20 for the product or 3 for £5 is the common offer found in tesco is reasonable. However, for this unexciting, bland and flavourless product does achieve one purpose in being a low fat and calorie alternative. However doesn't achieve it's key purpose in helping dieters lose weight by eating food in which they enjoy and can completely satisfy the consumer.
To summarise, I would reccomend to stay away from this product as it could potentially deter and demotivate you from eating low fat alternatives when there are so many higher quality light choice meals that you could choose in favour of. Loosing weight doesn't have to be boring and tastless.
Being a student, I often buy foods that are similar to this style of microwavable meal range. The taste and quality of this product is not something that's going to blow you away or I would serve to impress someone. However, I find this kind of snack rather enjoyable as it's similar to the products found in fast food outlets. For me I regard this product as a subsitute if I'm eating in, to fast food. I don't eat this product everyday like I don't eat fast food everyday, but it's a product to eat if your not in the mood to cook or fancy an unhealthy alternative. The product itself requires minimal effort to cook. It's served in two cardboard sachets, which you tilt upright for around 1:45-2:45 minutes in the microwave in comparison with the average of 20 minutes to cook oven chips. The price is relatively inexpensive aswell, they cost about £1.40 - £1.70 depending on the supermarket which is reasonable based on 2 servings based on the average food budget.
There are a few negative points of this product however. You can purchase a kilogram of oven chips from your local supermarket for around £1.50 - £2.50 which is far much beter value as it offers around 12 servings in the long run if your on quite a restricted food budget such as myself. Also the serving size is not suffient to make me feel adequetly full. I consider this product more of a snack imore than as part of a main meal. The product also has poor nutritional values as expected and is high in saturated fat, so I'd recommend treating this product as more of a occasional purchase
To summarise, I would recommend this product for busy parents feeding their children, students who can't cook or operate anything but a microwave, if you want to replicate the fast food experiance at home and the odd occasion where you can't be bothered to cook.