“ Brand: Asda / Type: Chicken „
Before this product was even purchased, the name 'Vindaloo' presented a thought of quite a spicy Indian dish. But as you may come to realise, what an Indian restaurant and a supermarket declare as spicy are two totally different things and this product didn't buck that trend. Despite a pre-warning of 3 chilli peppers on the outer packaging, the dish was at most, a medium level of spiciness. But this is not to be criticised, as this must certainly be amongst an elite group of own brand supermarket Indian dishes to achieve that status.
The curry itself was impressively flavoursome. The initial mouthful was dominated by the spices which leave the tongue tingling slightly. But this does eventually wear off after a minute or so and you begin to sense the tomato based Vindaloo sauce which dominates throughout. Rice is the dominating bulk ingredient, which ensures the meal leaves you reasonably satisfied. The rice is advertised as 'coriander rice', but on this occasion, I struggled to taste the coriander, but this may be picked up by the more spice-tolerant tongue. The rice is accompanied by butternut squash, which is a little tasteless, and green beans, which have a blanched texture and taste which gives them a more dominant flavour. The chicken is a little bland, as can often be the case with many ready meals.
These particular pouched meals from ASDA are part of their 'Chosen By You' range and use fresh ingredients which are visible through the transparent packaging and is part of their selling point. They often have a short shelf life, to ensure their freshness, so be careful to check before making your purchase.
Overall, a great addition to their Chosen By You pouched meals range from ASDA and certainly a meal I will not hesitate to purchase again.