“ Brand: Crosse & Blackwell / Type: Rice „
Last week I reviewed Crosse and Blackwell's mild curry Mega Noodles. Today it's their mild curry Savoury Rice.
The Savoury Rice comes in a plastic "packet" which is predominantly red. All you need to do is select your method of cooking then empty the contents of the packet into a pan or microwaveable bowl and follow the appropriate cooking instructions.
The back of the packet lists the ingredients, cooking instructions & the nutritional information. You can also visit the website:-
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The product is described as:- " Seasoned long grain rice with raisins, pineapple and spices".
Nutritional Information per 100g cooked
Energy kJ: 886kJ
of which sugars: 4.3g
(of which saturates): 0.5g
Allergy information: soya
This product is suitable for vegatarians
There are no artificial colours or preservatives and no added MSG or hydrogenated oil.
Dried Rice (75% ), Sugar, Raisins (3%), Dried Pineapple (3%), Salt, Ground Spices (2%) (Cumin, Coriander, Turmeric, Fenugreek, Cloves, Chilli Powder), Vegatable Oil, Dried Red Peppers, Flavourings (contains soya), Dried Apple, Dried Onion, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract
This product can be cooked on the hob (takes around 20 minutes) or in the microwave (around 15 minutes). Full instructions can be found on the back of the packet
At the time of writing this cost 59p for one packet of this in my local corner shop.
Taste & Opinion:
If you're cooking this on the hob you'll have noticed that the packet tells you to add cold water to the pan once you've pour the contents into it. Personally I've cooked the rice that way and I've also added boiling water from the kettle and I can't taste any difference whichever way it's cooked.
Once this is cooked in a pan (I can't comment on the microwave method as I've never cooked it that way) it actually looks very nice. The rice is a nice golden shade of yellow and you can spot bits of red pepper and raisins lurking within it. The pineapple is harder to spot because, like the rice, it's yellow, although you can spot the odd chunk or two if you look closely.
I've never actually managed to ever get the rice in this product to go soft. Not that that bothers me because I don't mind rice from soft to medium, it's just really hard rice I can't abide. So I suppose I should say, here and now, that if you're a fan of soft, fluffy rice this probably isn't the product for you, unless you manage to find something else to do to it to make it softer than I can.
Once on the plate it does look very appetising. A quick taste confirms that this has a mild curry taste indeed. It's not as mild as the Mega Noodles I reviewed last week but it's not going to have anyone shouting "it's too hot" and demanding a glass of water to cool their mouth down with. The spices are actually quite subtle and I can't say that I managed to pick one of them out as being the dominant spice. Crosse and Blackwell seem to have blended them together to create a little spicy aftertaste without, to use an expression, shoving any one them right into your face. Most mouthfuls will contain a raisin or two, a pepper or two or both, but, to be honest, I think that Crosse and Blackwell could do with upping the percentages on both of these are they different textures makes a nice contrast with the rice. They could, on the other hand, lose the pineapple altogether as you barely notice that it's there.
Overall then, this is a decent, quick to make product. It's not suitable as a main meal on its own unless you have a small appetite so it should perhaps be used for a snack at lunchtime or as part of a main meal with other things.
This product is available in the following flavours:
+ Mild Curry
+ Mixed Vegetable