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Batchelors Savoury Rice comes in a variety of flavours, Beef, Chicken, Egg Fried Rice, Mexican, Golden to name just a few but the Mild Curry flavour is my favourite! Packaging: The pack has changed since the photo someone has put up. It is dark blue and has an enticing picture of the rice with a chicken breast and some mixed vegetables. It is a silver foil lined type packaging which ensures maximum freshness. Price: I paid 89p from my local supermarket Iceland, but they always seem to be Buy one get one free there so they worked out 45p each. I would say this is good value for a no fuss snack. Nutritional Info per serving (1/2 pack) Energy: 355kcal Protein: 4.9g Fibre:1g Sodium: 0.85g Fat: 1.3g Carbohydrate: 46.4g Ingredients: Long Grain Rice, Raisins, Apple, Red Pepper, Tomato How to make: Empty contents into a pan of 425ml boiling water, cover and simmer for 15-20mins until water is absorbed. Serve! Taste: You might expect with the word 'curry' that it might be spicy but it really isn't, I can't eat hot things - I always have a Korma from the indian takeaway! But it really tastes lovely, the rice holds it's shape and tastes firm but cooked, the dried raisins go really plump and juicy and add a great alternative texture alongside the rice, the apple tastes sweet and adds to the sweet and savoury taste combination. I usually have this by itself for lunch but you can serve it with chicken as the pack suggests. Advantages/Benefits: A great alternative to chips, livens up your meal with a bit of spice! An ideal snack or serves 2 as part of a main meal. Low in fat, and they are free to eat on the Slimming World diet. They have long dates on, a pack I bought recently ( November 2009) is dated to be used by May 2011! So a great store cupboard ingredient! Disadvantages: Takes a while to cook (15-20mins) so if you're in a rush then it really isn't a quick snack.
I have been using Batchelors Savoury Rice for years now and enjoy each flavour. The flavours I have enjoyed over the years are Mild Curry, Beef, Chicken, Chicken & Mushroom, Golden Vegetable and Garlic Butter. I can not find the Garlic Butter anywhere now sadly as this was one of my favourites. My review today will be of the Mild Curry flavour. The mix of long grain rice, red pepper, raisins, tomatoes and apple is packed dried into a foil lined packet. The rice is easy to cook either on the hob or in the microwave. I have used the microwave method a few times, but mostly use the on the hob method. The rice is suitable for vegatarians and provides 217kcal per half a packet of cooked rice with 1.3g of fat which I feel is a great healthy additional to a meal. I do tend to eat a whole pack as a snack or with salad but find that half a pack is more than a decent amount to eat with a curry. This rice has amild fruity curry flavour and although I am not a fan of fruit in my curry when this rice is served with a hot spicy dish it does tend to tone it down slightly. Overall I find this rice very enjoyable and a value for money healthy addition to a meal or a snack. These are also great to serve up cold at a buffet - but obviously make sure that the rice is thoroughly cooked and cooled quickly - we all know how dangerous rice can be if stored or cooked incorrectly. Batchelors Savoury Rice are available in most supermarkets and probably your local shop too and are often on BOGOF or 4 for £2.00 multibuy deals. Currently at Tesco they are priced at 68p for a 120g packet or 3 for £1.20. Asda have them priced at 58p per p120g packet or 4 for £2.00 - making four packets cheaper at Tescos at £1.88 - just so you don't have to do the maths.