“ Brand: Asda / Type: Chicken „
First off let me explain something! I am not writing about Asda 'Be good to yourself' chicken korma but simply Asda Chicken Korma. I did request a link for this product but got told I couldn't have a link and to write it here! Just to clarify that!
The other night I was wandering around Asda absolutely starving and staying with a Vegetarian I have been partaking in a mainly Vegetarian diet. I haven't missed meat at all but then I spotted this and really fancied a korma and couldn't see this type of offering in a vegetarian option which to be honest I would have opted for had I of seen it. However it had to be korma or nothing so I slung it in my trolley!
The food comes in a black plastic tray that has two sections (one housing the korma and the other housing the rice) and it has a plastic see-through lid/cover to the top of it. Over that there is a cardboard sleeve that slides on and off the tray with ease. On the front of the sleeve there is a photograph of the korma and I'm told that it is Asda Chicken Korma 'Mild and creamy, served with fragrant pilau rice' and that the product weighs 400g and that it is mild in flavour and contains no preservatives, there is an at a glance nutritional chat on there and the best before date is clearly stamped on. On the back of the sleeve other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, cooking instructions and a full nutritional chart is shown and storage advice (this is freezable by the way) and contact details for Asda are given. Nice enough bright pink packaging this is that is informative enough and not too much of it neither!
The Korma Itself:
Well you can cook this in the microwave for about 9 minutes from frozen or in the oven for around 30 minutes. Personally I banged mine in the microwave as I'm a lazy and greedy so and so!
It came out hot enough and cooked through and then came the all important taste test of course!
First off the portion size wasn't huge to say the least. It all looked nice enough though and I could really smell cumin and cloves that were in the riice. The rice was bright yellow as it is coloured with turmeric and it was grainy rather than soggy. It contained bite, was well seasoned however for me it was really overpowering with the spices and I was eating whole cloves that to me overtook the taste of the rice completely. However with the rice I have to admit it was good quality and looked good enough to eat!
The Korma was not bad. It really wasn't restaurant quality though lets face it. Yellowish in colour the sauce was a bit runny however there was a fair amount of chunks of chicken in it that did appear and taste like breast. It was a plain korma though, just sauce and chicken and for me lacked cream and yogurt to add a rich thickness to the dish. It was again seasoned ok however like the rice with the spices for me the desiccated coconut was a bit chewy and overpowering making the sauce have rather a gritty feel.
Ok for a quick meal but don't expect deliciousness on a plate that costs only £1.50. The portion isn't large at all but it fills a gap sure enough. It tastes ok and it's of decent quality to be fair to it but it failed to delight me and I although I would eat it again at a push it fails to excite me in any way shape or form!
Nutritional Information Per Meal:
Saturated Fat: 14.4g
Only available in Asda stores prices at £1.50 a meal and can be found in the freezer section of the store.
As theres recently been an Asda open up near me I've been trying out alot of their products. I'm more a 'convenience girl' when it comes to my food, I like it done quick and easy - which is a little hard at the moment after years of stuffing my face with beast sized meals I am now struggling to manage my portion sizes. I decided to check out Asdas range of microwave meals, not the healthiest I know but they were a portion in itself that was less than half of what I'd normally eat, one step at a time eh!
It was in the freezers I came across Asda's good for you range of frozen meals each costing just £1 each. I picked up a box of Asda Good For You Chicken Kormal, a classic, mildly spiced curry with chicken breast in a creamy coconut and tomato sauce served with long grain rice. The box it comes in is a lightly coloured, pale yellow with Asda Good For You proudly shown in the corner, as well as the £1 price tag in the other. The box boasts that the meal contains less than 3% fat and has no hidden 'nasties. The meal contains No artificial colours or flavours and no hydrogenated fat.
The korma comes in a small and shallow black microwaveable tray but you can also cook it in the oven. The meal contains;
4.0g saturated fat
1.6g salt equivalent
The rice I have to say was the nicest part about the dish, as plain as rice is it was fluffy and light and although completely tasteless it was the best part of the meal. The curry sauce was the colour I'd expect a pale mustardy sort of colour, it looked fairly thick but it didn't taste how I'd expected nor how it looked. It began tasting sort of thick, but I soon realised it was actually very thin. There were about three pieces of chicken, which was disapointing as they were not too bad for a microwaveable meal. The sauce had a slight coconut taste but it was more a watered down version of a korma, it lacked it's creamyness and flavour that I love about a korma, it was unfortunately very weak, bland and thin and offered me nothing. I know I only paid a £1 for this but it was a £1 wasted as I couldn't bring myself to eat the whole tray, and that's saying something for me because I love my food. It was just watery, thin and didn't offer much flavourwise. I expected a creamyness to it, tasty and enjoyable but it was boring, a little sweet from the coconut now and then and I managed to chew on about 3 pieces of chicken.