“ Brand: Iceland / Type: Rice „
~*~*~ Iceland Indian Takeaway Pilau Rice ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is microwavable Pilau Rice from Iceland. It is part of their Indian Takeaway range.
~ Price & Availability ~
This is an Iceland product so therefore only available from Iceland. It cost's a very decent £1.
~ Why did I buy it? ~
Just yesterday my hubby decided that we should have a Chinese but make it our self rather than order in to save a bit of money, so whilst in Iceland he was looking at the Chinese range when I spotted this pilau rice I really fancied despite it being more for Indian food, ah well it's all rice! I bought this and my hubby bought special fried rice.
I quite like pilau rice so I was looking forward to having some with my food.
~ Cooking it ~
This came packaged in a black plastic dish with a cardboard sleeve slotted over it, there was a sheet of clear plastic acting as the lid.
The cooking instructions are simple and easy to follow -
Microwave it for 6 minutes or oven cook for 40 minutes. We chose to microwave it as we had a few other bits that needed to go in the oven.
~ Overall ~
I was nicely surprised by this rice, it was a lovely yellow colour and smelt lovely - More than can be said for my hubby special fried rice that I didn't like!
I put half of the tray on my plate and half on my hubbies, I then added curry and the rest of the stuff and we sat down to eat.
The rice was nice and fluffy and tasted delicious. I really liked it and it had the right taste, I have only once ever been to an Indian restaurant and this tasted quite like I remembered. There was plenty in the tray to go between us both so great value at £1.
It wasn't greasy or wet just really nice pilau rice. I would certainly not think twice about buying this again in the future.
It's really nice rice!
Thanks for reading :o) x
I love a good Indian meal, but these can be so expensive from an Indian take away or restaurant, so I find most of the time I have Indian meals from frozen, as these cost a hell of a lot less, and most of the time taste just as good.
Iceland have their own range of ethnic foods, and have an Indian range as part of this. They do a whole array of different meals that you would find in an Indian take away, including Pilau Rice.
This rice comes in a tray similiar to those you would get a take away in, and come from the freezer (it is Iceland!). To cook, you just pop it in the microwave after piercing the film lid, for around 4 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. I find there is enough in these trays to share between two people as part of a meal.
The rice has a very authentic taste, and is hardly any different from the pilau rice I get from the local Indian Takeaway. It is nice and fluffy, but without being soggy or empty. If cooked according to the instructions, it is perfect, but once I did undercook it and found it a bit hard, no problems though, just pop it back in the microwave.
The rice is the perfect accompinment to any main dish from the Iceland Indian Takeaway section, and I have sometimes had just the rice for lunch, as it is that nice you can eat it alone. The best thing about this rice is that it only costs £1! A total bargain for an authentic tasting rice, which has enough in the tray to share between two people, what more can you ask for. I totally recommend this rice to everyone, and as it is frozen, you can stock a few up in your freezer, especially when it is only £1 a tray.
Iceland Indian Takeaway Pilau Rice.
There is very little in Iceland that I tend to buy I do not have an Iceland close to my home so it is one place that I tend not to visit very often. However there is one product that they do that is far and away better than any other retail store can do and that is this pilau rice. It is even better than a lot of Indian restaurants have dished up to me in the past, and a product that I will make a bee-line for and have stocked up in my freezer.
~~~ Packaging ~~~
This rice comes in a black plastic container with a plastic film cover and is covered over by a cardboard sleeve which shows us what the product is and gives us all the information we could need.
~~~ Contents ~~~
When you take the carton out of the sleeve and pierce the film lid in preparation to microwave you can see the cumin seeds in the rice and the carton is packed full to the top with the rice.
~~~ To cook ~~~
Simply pierce the film lid and place in your microwave and cook on full power for approximately 6 minutes, times may vary according to the power of your microwave, and then leave to stand for a minute.
~~~ Taste ~~~
This rice is just lovely, it is light and fluffy and very moist. It is non greasy, it doesn't stick together and become clumpy or sticky, and it has the most wonderful smell of spices. You can clearly see and taste the cumin seeds and the turmeric and it tastes as good, if not better, than many restaurants will serve.
~~~ Nutrition ~~~
Cals ~ 618
Protein ~ 10.5g
Carbs ~ 94.7g
Fat ~ 21.9g
Fibre ~ 1.8g
Salt ~ 1.2g
~~~ Opinion ~~~
I would and do buy this again and again, in fact I always make sure that I have at least 2 available in my freezer, it is not worth taking the time to make your own in my opinion, as this is such good value for money and is so quick and convenient and easy to prepare. One carton of this is enough for 2 people giving a good amount of rice if you prefer more curry than rice, however if you prefer lots of rice then one carton for one person is more than enough.
It tastes great, it is cheap and convenient, it is very easy and quick to cook and it is a product worth going that extra mile or so to the store to purchase.
~~~ Cost and availability ~~~
Available only at Iceland at a cost of £1.25 normally, or £1.00 when on offer, for a carton of 350g.
Thank you so much for reading!
*Product Price & Availability*
Iceland Pilau Rice is only available from Iceland stores or home delivery. The price will vary from either £1.00 or £1.25 for a 350g serving.
*About The Product*
This rice comes frozen and is recommended for microwave cooking for 6 minutes. It can also be oven cooked for 30 minutes.
This product is suitable for vegetarians but hade been made in a 'production area' that uses nuts and sesame seeds - so a warning for allergy sufferers.
A 350g tray of this rice is 618 calories. One tray is suitable for one hungry person (with a curry dish also), but I guess there was a bit much, so if you prefer more curry than rice then you'd still get two fair sized portions from this box (just not me:0>).
When I purchased this rice I was feeling, firstly very lazy, and secondly very skint. We really fancied a curry but just couldn't justify the £12 or more. A friend had recommended Iceland curry so decided to give it a whirl. I bought two portions of rice and two different curry dishes from the frozen selection, totally £5.00! Then added a 38p naan bread (from a different store), so all in all, less than half the price of the takeaway up the road.
The rice was easy to cook; simply removing the black plastic tray, containing the rice, from its cardboard outer sleeve, and piercing the film lid before zapping in the microwave.
The basmati rice is flavoured with cumin seeds, which are scattered throughout the tumeric stained (yellow) rice.
I found the rice to be non-greasy and full of flavour. It is authentic and each grain is seperated (rather than lumped together and sticky like my mums rice).
With the ease of preparation this made the dish ideal and one that I would recommend - only if you were not bothered about your waistline or do not need to watch your weight. The nutritional values in this are very high (on all counts) and so for that reason I will reduce my original 4 stars to 3 and I would carefully consider before buying this again.
Ok, so whats so interesting about Pilau Rice? Let me tell you, this is the softest, falvorsome Pilau I have ever had, it even beats all the takeaways and Indian Restraunts in my opinion!
Its non greasy, easy and quick to cook and cheap - what more could anyone want? Ideal for busy families, friends watching a movie or students needing a quick carb meal before an exam.
Im not a fan of things in plastic trays as I tend to burn myself alot as regular readers of my reviews will know but I did not have this problem with this product at all. You would think Rice would get ridiculously hot and conduct alot of heat therefore causing the tray to 'smelt' and warp in all directions - thus leaving the food in a steaming pile on the floor..but no. The tray held its own!
Im a veggie, and this Pilau Rice is Veggie friendly which is great.
It succulent and jam packed with flavour and is very morish. I like it with a homemade curry and some Naan Bread - perfect for anyday of the week. It'd happily serve 2-3 generous portions, and would be great to cook then put in a serving bowl for a party.
the ony downside was on my first use of this product I just tipped it out of the tray on to my place and was left with a brick shaped rice block. I reccomend that you fluff it wih a fork as soon as it comes out of the oven and serve immediately to avoid clumping.