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I love a good curry! I love exotic dishes! Though I'm useless at making them and I don't have the time or the money to invest into them to be perfectly honest with you! I seem constantly busy so I rely a lot on food that I can bang in the microwave and eat when I want to quickly and when I saw these meals priced at 59p each (there is a range of them!) in Tesco I actually bought one of every offering to try out cos i couldn't believe the price of them!
Orange and cream box with a picture of a young Asian lady on the front and a photograph of this dish. I am told it is 'Ashoka' Matar Paneer 'Curried peas with cottage cheese spiced up in a medium hot sauce' and told to heat and eat and that it contains all natural ingredients, is suitable for Vegetarians and is microwavable in 2 minutes and that the Net wight is 280g/10 OZ.
On the back of the box I'm told a bit about the dish, ingredients are listed (in several languages) along with allergy advice, cooking instructions are given as is nutritional information, contact details for the manufacturer are given, the best before date is stamped on and finally there is a bar-code on there. The dish itself comes in a silver plastic large pouch.
A Bit About The Dish According To The Back Of The Box....
Matar Paneer is a delicious medium hot dish created to sustain the cold winds of North India. Blending the mouthwatering taste of fresh green peas in a thick sauce with lightly fried paneer (traditional Indian cottage cheese), it makes an excellent main course when served with hot rice, naan breads or chapatis. Or serve as a side accompaniment to Indian Meals.
The Dish Itself....
Well to cook this it is really easy and straightforward. Either cook it in a pan of boiling water in the unopened pouch for 3-5 minutes or so as I did and empty the contents in a dish and cook for 2 minutes in the microwave.
When I first squeezed the contents out of my pouch and was met with a stodgy looking orange (what I can only describe as smelly garlic baby poo looking gunk!) mixture I didn't fancy it at all! However I cooked it up and my house smelt really authentic and I could really smell a pleasant general spicy smell in my kitchen.
When I took the dish out of the microwave it was no longer stodgy looking! I could visibly see large square lumps of cottage cheese, lots of peas and plenty of the rich looking orange sauce (do not get this on work tops or clothes as it's a devil to remove!).
Taste wise I was shocked by this. I felt like I really was eating something freshly prepared in an India restaurant and if I was served this in a restaurant I wouldn't believe it was out of a box!
The sauce was rich, slightly tomatoey and blended up with what I could taste of cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg and chillies and it really did have a slight but not to hot kick of hotness to it. There was seeds and pieces of nuts in this (melong seeds and cashew nuts) giving texture and the plentiful peas and slithers of onion were very well cooked through indeed.
The cottage cheese was creamy, it held firm and took on the flavours of the spices very well indeed. There wasn't alot of the cottage cheese in the whole thing (only about 5 chunks) but what did shock me was how tasty it was and after cooking it and that it hadn't gone rubbery or into slime.
I had mine with fried rice I whipped up myself and this is great as a main meal. I found the whole thing to be rich and tasty, nicely seasoned and will definitely buy it again! If I end up cooking for people and doing some authentic style curry I would definitely offer this as a side dish just to big myself up and look fancy! Its lovely...and 59p!
Processed in a facility that also processes Peanuts, Nuts, Milk, Soya, wheat, Mustard & Sesame.
Energy: 142.8 Kcal
of which is sugar: 0.0g
of which is saturates: 3.9g