“ Brand: Birds Eye / Type: Beef „
When it comes to cooking I admit that lately and for some reason I have become a little bit lazy! I used to love cooking when I shared a flat previously but now living alone and having a very small kitchen I either grab takeaways or eat a lot of ready meals to save me time and fuss and ready meals now can be so cheap like this one that only cost me a pound in my local Asda store and seeing as it is Birds Eye product I felt happy to try it and expected it to be a nice enough and filling meal for me.
This meal comes in a pink and blue coloured box and on the front of it we are told that it is Birds Eye Beef Curry With Rice and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the curry, the ingredients and allergy advice is given as are the cooking instructions (8 minutes in the microwave or 35-45 minutes in the oven straight from the freezer), there is a full nutritional chart shown and contact details for Birds Eye are given. Inside the box you get a rather deep black plastic tray with rice to one side of it and curry to the other with no compartments within said tray and a see though plastic cover over that which is easy to peel off. Nice enough, informative packaging this is.
The curry Itself:
Me being me and a wee bit lazy I stabbed the cover to the top of the meal a few times with a fork and bunged it in the microwave for 8 minutes and it cooked well in that time and smelt pleasant enough too.
What you get is plenty of boiled, yellow rice which is firm and not soggy, not salted and is to be honest a bit boring and plain but good quality and I was at least impressed there was plenty of it and it looked nice enough. The curry itself was mainly a brown sauce with a few herbs like coriander within it and I counted about 6 very small chunks of beef within it.
Flavourwise this has a rich tomato taste to it and that flavour was a little bit too much for me and overpowered other ingredients within it and the sauce was rather runny too. The beef was fatty and chewy and I was glad there wasn't very much meat in this curry after a while as what there was in it wasn't all that pleasant anyway.
For me there was too much rice within it and not enough curry however like I said I was actually rather glad of that after the first couple of mouthfuls of this curry as it was horrible. The meat in it was gross and cheap tasting and the sauce runny and simply too tomateoy and this really wasn't for me sadly! There are far better ready meals than this about for the same sort of price and unless you like cheap fatty meat and a ton of sauce my best advice to you is to avoid this one!
I have mentioned my love for Birds Eye and also for Curry in a few past reviews. So may as well have a Birds Eye Curry as that combines the 2 things! 9 times out of 10 I will have a Chicken Curry, as Chicken is my favourite Meat, but I do have the odd Beef Curry.
We got a few of these when they were on offer in Asda in january. They were selling for £1 a pack, instead of the usual £1.40. Just a little saving, but better than nothing. These come frozen and you just cook in the Microwave.
This comes in a plastic tray which you just cook it in. Although the 2 compartments aren't seperate for the Rice and Curry, they are on either sides, but meet in the middle. I don't mind this, as I always spoon this out, put the Rice on the bottom and the Curry on top. We don't like boring plain Rice in our house.
This cooked in 8 minutes, so quite a quick and tasty meal.
The weight was 400g, so an alright size of quick meal. The Rice had a good enough portion, was slightly sticky but seemed light enough and a bit fluffy. The Curry Sauce in here wasn't that spicy, but it had a bit kick to it and there seemed to be a tiny bit of herb taste to it. The chunks of Beef were large enough, not fatty and tasted ok. They broke up easily enough as well.
A nice meal, but a couple of extra bits of beef could have made all the difference.
I'm a big curry lover and usually make my own as I like to know exactly what goes in my food plus I can control the fat and salt content to make them as healthy as possible, at times however it's not always possible to cook from scratch and thats when redy meals do have their place.
A couple of weeks before last Xmas my boyfriend and I both went down with the flu, we spent a whole weekends stuck in bed with only enough energy to raise our heads off the pillow, look at each other and whisper meh! Needless to say my appetite went out the window and my tastebuds were wrecked so the only food I could manage was crumpets and chocolate, hardly the kind of stuff to build you up.
When my energy levels finally returned and my appetite came back with a vengence I needed food, but alas the fridge was bare and the kitchen a state. Oh dear. Plus I couldnt really be bothered with the faff of cooking from scratch, it would have to be a ready meal of some kind which I normally avoid like the plague but needs must and all that.
When I'm ill I crave curry as the heat and spices tend to make me feel better almost instantly, a kind of comfort thing I guess. My local Co-op had didnt have much of a choice on a Sunday afternoon so I had to make do with Birds Eye Beef Curry.
Why do these things always look better in the picture than on the packet than they do on your plate? the image on the box looked delicious and just the thing I need to blast my bugs into the middle of next week. However on the opening the box I was rather disappointed, the portions of rice and curry were very small and looked rather grey and unappealing. Too late now though I've bought the thing so I'll have to eat it.
The curry takes 40 minutes to cook from frozen in the oven or 8 minutes in the microwave, I chose to use the microwave as I didnt want to wait all night.
The proof is in the eating....
After cooking the curry and letting it sit for a couple of minutes I crossed my fingers and dived in for a taste, well.....the rice was cooked and the curry was curry flavoured I guess but thats about it. There wasnt enough of it and it wasnt hot enough at all for my taste buds. I would call this a beef and rice dish with curry flavouring rather than a proper beef curry.
I wouldnt eat this again and would make my own curry from scratch every time. Ready meals do have a purpose but I wont be going near them again, they contain too much salt, fat and other crap and dont fill you up!
Well what a strange day today has been. Holly my daughter has a virus and is eating about enough to keep a sparrow alive but I don't blame her, every time something goes in her mouth it causes a coughing fit, and Darren my husband is working a shift of 3 pm till whenever the job is finished and he gets home. Ready meals are not the norm in this house until recently, my last review was for a ready made pizza, but after visiting the doctors with Holly this morning we went to the local chemist then called next door into the local Co-op to get something to eat because Darren would need a dinner before going out, he grabbed a Southern Fried Chicken and I settled on a Birds Eye Beef Curry. We got home I chucked his chicken and chips in the oven then surprise surprise Darren's phone rung. Turn dinner down I heard him shout I've just got to nip to Derby to pick somebody up, should only be an hour. Typical.
Holly needed some lunch so I decided I would have my curry for tea when Holly had gone to bed and in the meantime I would have a couple of cheese rolls in the hope that she might have some, no such chance, a couple of mouthfuls and that was it. Mummy I want some strawberries, so fruit it was for her.
Bedtime at last.
I took the curry out of the freezer and read the instructions, either between 9 and 11 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave or 35 to 40 minutes in the oven at GM5, it says it is best cooked from frozen in the microwave. The 400 gram meal comes in a plastic dish divided into two, 1 half containing the curry the other containing the rice and is covered with a plastic film. To microwave pierce the plastic film, bung in an 850watt microwave and cook on full power for 6 minutes, remove and peel back the film lid and stir both compartments, replace the film lid and cook on full power for a further 2 minutes. Leave to stand for 1 minute. For a lower wattage microwave cook for either 1 or 2 minutes more.
The curry is a beef curry (50%) with rice (50%). The box states 5 star food, frozen and contains beef, tomatoes,and onions in a curry sauce with traditional spices served with long grain rice. Looking through the ingredients everything looks fairly normal, the curry contains12% beef, 7% tomato 3% onion, various herbs and spices including jaggery, what on earth is jaggery (Wikipdedia says "jaggery is a traditional unrefined sugar used throughout South and South East Asia"), wow that is something I have never heard of before, must be an authentic curry and the long grain rice is coloured with turmeric. The meal contains 450 calories, 12 grams of fat and 2 grams of salt, 1 third of your recommended daily allowance. Allergy advice says that it contains milk and wheat.
Whilst cooking I had expected to get a smell of curry in the kitchen but it was just a teeny-weeny whiff of curry, nothing to write home about. I dished the curry out onto a plate and thought maybe I should have bought two, I would say the portion is enough for lunch but not really enough for an evening meal, good job I bought a couple of chocolate éclairs to treat myself to after. The rice is a yellow colour where it is coloured with the turmeric, and I found it rather sticky not fluffy with a few dry hard bits in, it may have been better if a couple of spoonfuls of water had been added before cooking. The curry was a dark brown colour and had a reasonable amount of thickish sauce covering the 7 - 8 pieces of 1 inch square beef. A couple of the pieces of beef were a little fatty but most was tender and certainly not chewy. I found 2 pieces of tomato about 1 cm square and the onion must be so finely chopped you can not see it. The curry tasted OK and not overly spicy but not quite mild and the rice just tasted like rice. If I was desperate I might buy it again or possibly two because for a ready meal it was of quite a quality.
I bought mine from the local Co-op so they it was rather expensive at £1.69 and I have checked on mysupermarket.com and can not find either Tesco, Sainsbury's or Asda selling them, they do however sell a Chicken curry version for around the 94p mark and Asda sell a Chicken Tikka Masala for 99p. There are of course many other ready meals in the Birds eye range and I would not hesitate at giving them a try should needs be.
Many thanks for reading. Anna
It was the day before payday and I was skint and hungry. With only a couple of quid in my pocket I was limited to what I could buy so I picked up Birds Eye beef curry with rice for dinner.
This frozen ready meal is sold in a cardboard carton with a picture of some delicious looking curry and rice on the front. The curry itself is housed in a plastic tray split into separate sections for the curry and rice.
Simply microwave for 11 minutes, stirring once after 8 minutes.
The cooked curry didn't look too promising. The rice looked horrible with huge yellow grains. The curry was a dark brown colour, with a few smallish chunks of beef visible. The curry also had a few flecks of tomato skin and green bits in it. After sitting for a couple of minutes, the curry starts to congeal a bit and form a shiny oily skin which does not look nice.
I spooned my curry onto a plate. There was far too much rice for the curry so I left some of it in the plastic container. I noticed my spoon had an oily sheen to it.
I started with a mouthful of rice. It was disappointing. Instead of having a nice clean taste like boiled rice should, it tasted slightly oily. The huge grains were a bit chewy. Still it tasted unsalted and wasn't too bad.
Then I spooned some of the curry sauce into my mouth. It was medium spiced with a nice tomatoey taste to it. I could feel a slight grainy texture from the spices. Then I ate a bit of beef. It was really chewy, fatty and gristly. I had to spit one chunk of beef out as it was almost totally fat. Luckily, there was a really high level of sauce to beef. Normally this would annoy me but as the beef was so poor I was happy to have less of it.
I mixed a bit of the curry and rice together for my next mouthful and the rice just made the curry taste too bland. I left most of the rice and worked my way through the rest of the curry.
It gave me indigestion and I had curry burps for hours afterwards.
Overall, this was pretty grim. I wont be buying it again, a shame because I've previously enjoyed the chicken curry. The only thing going for it was the price, just 99p from my local spar shop.