“ Brand: Ashoka / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I love rice dishes and but I hate cooking it! I seem constantly in a hurry lately either at the gym or sleeping so I want foods that are quick to cook! Ashoka (this brand) make a lot of different dishes that are very fast to cook indeed....well fast in my book this cooks up in 2 minutes in the microwave!
Green and cream box with a picture of a young Asian woman of the front and a picture of the rice on there too. I'm then told it is Ashoka Bombay Biryani 'A mild spicy preparation of mixed vegetables and rice'. I'm then told to just heat and eat and that it contains all natural ingredients, is suitable for Vegetarians, is microwavable in 2 minutes and is 280g 10Oz in weight. On the back of the box I'm told a bit about the dish, ingredients and allergy advice is given, nutritional information is also listed, contact details for the manufacturer are given as are the heating instructions and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice enough box and then the meal comes in an easy to open foil pouch.
A Bit About The Dish According To The Back Of The Box....
Bombay Biryani is a delicious blend of rice and vegetables, garnished with mouth watering spices and saffron to give it a unique flavour. Served with a mix of onion, cucumber and yogurt, it makes a wholesome Indian meal.
Cooking this is really, very easy. You can either immerse this in a pan of boiling water still in the pouch for 3-5 minutes or empty the contents into a microwavable dish for 2 minutes (my chosen method).
Opening the pouch is breeze and you gently push out the moist pre-cooked rice concoction. It looks really stodgy and smells heavily spicy.
It cooks perfectly in 2 minutes and becomes less stodgy but still very,very moist.
Taste wise this is ok though to be blunt it never rocked my world!
Golden in colour with slithers of French green beans in it and some specks of black pepper it was rather dry in the taste department. Now although it wasn't dry, as I said earlier it is moist the heavy amount of spices in this made it feel drier than it actually was. There was a lot of nutmeg, cumin and cinnamon in this and a rather heavy dosage of cloves. The only vegetable I could see or taste was the green beans which were very nice and succulent with the rice but I couldn't detect any cauliflower, peas or onions at all within this and believe me I did look lol.
A heavily spiced aromatic rice this is but for me a bit too much so and far too salty too. For me it was simply a green bean spicy rice and spiced with chilli and garlic along with what I mentioned earlier. Simply ok, filling enough but lacked somewhere and got very boring very quickly!
Processed in a facility that also processes Peanuts,Nuts, milk, Soya, Wheat, Mustard & Sesame.
Nutritional Information Per 100g....
Energy: 159.8 Kcal
of which is sugar: 0.0g
of which is saturates; 3.2g
I bought mine in Tesco priced 59p.