“ Brand: Loyd Grossman / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Those of you who have read my Patak's Balti sauce review will know that I was far from impressed. Basically I'm a massive fusspot when it comes to food and am even worse when it's ready made. Trouble is there are so many ingredients I don't like I am admittedly a nightmare!
However I do enjoy a curry but it's one of the few things I just can't be bothered to make 100% from scratch. I took a chance upon this Lloyd Grossman sauce in the supermarket a few months ago and I was so impressed I thought I'd write a little review.
Lloyd, famous for his masterchef antics has brought out a range of sauces & soups for the supermarkets. The bhuna always being my curry of choice in a curry house, is the only one I have tried from his range, but the quality is so good that I may be persuaded to try others.
Starting with the basics: a 425g jar costs around £2.09 from Tesco. Nutritionally it's not exactly healthy but could be considerably worse at 94 cals and 7.2g fat per 100g.
I use one jar between 2 people but the portion sizes are rather large, so it could easily stretch to 3.
The sauce is described as mild heat, with juicy tomatoes, fried onions, spices and red peppers.
Upon opening the jar, there is a slight layer of oil at the top which is fairly usual in my experience. Pouring it over chicken (that's what I choose but each to their own) the sauce is a deep red colour and quite thick - you can see the onions but they are thinly sliced and that's one of the things I love about it. Cannot stand great big chunks of onion in my curry!
I always add a squirt of tomato ketchup and some whole cherry tomatoes for extra flavour and leave it to simmer in a frying pan for about 15-20 mins, adding some fresh chopped coriander to serve.
The taste is without a doubt the best curry from a jar I have ever tasted - my curry mad father in law and husband think so too. It's mild tasting, could stand to be a little hotter for my tastes but if you like your curries mild, you wont be disappointed!
The main flavour is unsurprisingly from the tomatoes, it has such richness and depth to it. Although you can't exactly taste strong red pepper I do think it contributes to the overall flavour as do the fried onions. I don't find it overly garlicky either - another of my pet hates :)
So if you are a fusspot like me, or even if you just like a good bhuna you could do a lot worse than to try this sauce, I recommend it 100% and personally think it's the best one available at the supermaket. A right Bhutiful Bhuna!
Thanks for reading x
I was first introduced to Loyd Grossman's pasta sauces a couple of years ago by my mum a couple of years ago and I was really suprised and impressed with how they tasted. They tasted a lot fresher than I had expected and I really enjoyed all the different favours. Up until recently however I had not tried the curry sauces as they were considerably higher priced than a lot of other curry sauces by other leading brands. The Lloyd Grossman sauces were on offer recently though at 2 for £2, SO I decided to give them a go.
The picked up 2 different varieties, I chose the Korma and Bhuna. I'm not really a fan of really hot curry's, I am not all that brave with chilli's. I really enjoy the flavours but can't handle it if my mouth is on fire. A korma is my particular favourite as I love it's creamy taste but my husband prefers something a little more firery so we often comprimise and make a Bhuna. I enjoy a Bhuna as it has a real tomatoey taste and bags of flavour without being a 'blow your doors off' curry.
The Loyd Grossman Bhuna certainly had a very rich colour as you could see the sauce in the glass jar. I think that the Loyd Grossman products have a very distinctive classy look and you can always spot them on the supermarket shelves. I turned the jar round and had a look at the ingredients and I was pleased to see that there wasn't a great big long list and all of them seemed pretty paramount to the essence of the sauce.
Diced Tomatoes in Juice (36%), Fried Onion (20%) (Onion, Palm Oil), Water, Tomato Paste, Sunflower Oil, Red Pepper (2.5%), Sugar, Coriander, Garlic Pureé, Spices (Coriander, Chilli, Fenugreek, Cardamom, Cumin), Salt, Ginger Pureé, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Green Chilli Pureé, Bay Leaf, Garlic Powder
First time I made this, I opted to make a vegetable Bhuna as I personally don't eat meat although the rest of the family love it. I added the sauce to some softened onions, mushrooms, red pepper, courgette, potato and spinach and heated on the hob while I prepared some Basmati rice. I served up for myself, my husband and 2 small girls, and was impressed to see that there was just enough to feed us all, not bad as the jar is only 425g.
Tastewise, I was really impressed by how great it tasted, the flavour were fantastic and blended together really well. I loved the tomato, onion and red pepper flavour combination and it was spicey yet not too hot and both my girls really enjoyed the taste. I did stir a little natural yoghurt into their portions as they are only small just to cool it down a little but I think my 3 year old would have managed it without.
To sum up, this is another great offering in the Loyd Grossman range and I think these sauces are worth the extra pennies you pay however I would say stock up when they are on offer. I believe you usually pay £2.09 for a jar of the Bhuna sauce
A few months ago Mr Lools was away with work for a few days and I just couldn't be bothered to cook a curry for myself after coming home from a long day at work so was debating whether to treat myself to a takeaway. However my mother must of read my mind and rang me and asked if I wanted to go round for tea. So off I trouped and expected a homecooked curry. I don't actually mind sauces out of jars if they are any good but my mother is the type of person who ALWAYS cooks from scratch. Her curry's can take around 3 hours to cook. So when I sat down at her table I thought it only right to compliment her on how great her Chicken Bhuna smelt and once I had taken a few mouthfuls just how great it tasted. I nearly choked on my curry when she told me the sauce was from a jar and was a Lloyd Grossman sauce. For the mother to use a sauce from a jar rather than make her own.... Well this must be a good sauce!
The curry comes in a clear glass 425g jar. The Lloyd Grossman brand is visible on the cream label which describes the Bhuna Curry sauce as "a mild curry sauce with tomatoes, onions and spices". Very simple and understated.
For a 425g jar this costs £2.09 in Tesco and Asda. The Lloyd Grossman curry sauce range are often on special offer in Asda and on many occasions there has been an offer on for two jars for £2.00. This is an absolute bargain and I would recommend you to stock up when this offer is on.
I always use the 425g jar to make a curry for me and Mr Lools. This always makes a large portion for two people. The sauce is suitable to be served between three people.
***The Curry Sauce***
The sauce is a deep orange/ red colour and is mostly tomato based it contains 26 % tomato juice and 25% tomato puree.
The sauce contains tomato, onion, water, sunflower oil, tomato paste, red pepper, sugar, coriander, garlic paste, spices, ginger paste, lemon juice, green chilli puree, ground bar and garlic. It is suitable for vegetarians however I always add the sauce to chicken.
The instructions on the jar are to brown chicken and then pour the sauce over and simmer for twenty minutes. I always prefer to cook for nearer 30 so this adds more flavour to the chicken, and then serve with basmati rice.
The taste of curry is fantastic. The tomatoes are the predominant taste but this is mixed with the taste of onions and spices. This is mildly spicy but not at all bland, which I found surprising as I like curry to be quite spicy. The after taste after eating the curry is not overly strong but you are left with a subtle spicy taste in your mouth
There are 540 calories in one jar. Therefore for a curry this contains a lower amount of calories than some other sauces. The curry sauce does not taste overly oily and when you cook the sauce there is not a layer of oil visable which occurs with some curry sauces.
My only criticism of the sauce is that when it is added to just chicken alone I find my curry is quite thin. The sauce contains onions but the consistency of the sauce is pretty smooth. I prefer curry to be chunky and contain a fair amount of chicken and veg. Therefore I always add extra onion to thicken up the curry, especially as I feel Bhuna should be full of onions. I would do this with any curry sauce I buy not just Lloyd Grossman sauces.
I have cooked this for Mr Lools a number of times now and he said it was the best curry he has had that didn't come from an Indian restaurant. I did eventually tell him that it was Lloyd Grossman responsible for the sauce as I felt guilty taking the credit for such a good sauce.
This is definitely one of the best curry sauces available. I am an absolute advocate of cooking sauces from scratch but in the case of the Lloyd Grossman Bhuna sauce I would say this is an exception to that rule. The sauce is more expensive than other sauces but is definitely worth paying extra for. The sauce is thick and you can taste the tomatoes in the sauce. This is a mildly spicy sauce and contains less calories than most jar curry sauces. Don't rush to the take away instead rush to the supermarkets for this.
~~~Also posted on ciao 2011~~~
I often use the Loyd Grossman tomato pasta sauces as I find them quick and easy to make and also very tasty and of a good quality. This is what got me interested in his curry sauces. Now, I've already tried the Tikka Masala flavour which I really liked but my husband is not the biggest fan. He doesn't really like creamy curry sauces and this one is quite creamy and has honey and yogurt in it so I decided to try one of his other ones. He does have varieties such as Rogan Josh, Thai Chilli, Balti, Korma etc but I find ones like the Korma and Madras way too hot so I settled on the Bhuna as I know from actual Indian Restaurants that these are very flavourful but also quite mild and not too creamy.
The Bhuna sauce is described by Loyd Grossman as a mild curry sauce with tomatoes, onions and spices. According to the jar, Bhuna is actually a method of cooking originally used in Delhi where ground spices are stirred and fried at a high temperature which intensifies the flavours. Before I even tried this sauce this made it sound to me really quite tasty and flavourful.
I bought the jar at Sainsburys. I guess it was a little expensive at £2.09 for a 425g jar but if you compare this to £5+ for an actual curry then it is a bargain.
The sauce has quite a nice consistency, thick without being too chunky. You can definitely tell that there are a lot of chopped vegetables in this sauce and it is definitely not bland. It is definitely a tomato based sauce as the sauce is very red and juicy. In fact, 26% of this sauce is made up of tomatoes in juice and 25% of it is tomato puree. Each jar serves two people I would say, pouring the sauce over chicken but it is suitable for vegetarians which is nice. The great thing about this curry sauce is that it's quick and easy, all you have to do is brown some chicken, throw over the sauce, heat it up and you are ready to go.
I would say this is one of his healthier sauces as the whole jar contains about 540 calories but when you think that you will only eat half per person then it is about 270 calories which is not bad for an evening meal.
The nice thing is as well is that Loyd has a website linked with his sauces where you can find recipes and product information plus more which definitely helps in cooking and planning meals. The address is www.loydgrossmansauces.co.uk
If you're looking for a quick and easy curry in the evening that is also healthy then you have found a wonderful product with a great taste. I recommend you try everything else he has on offer!
The first thing I should mention is that Loyd Grossman Sweet Tomato Bhuna has a new recipe and is now Lloyd Grossman Bhuna. I have to confess I have tried the original and new recipe and like both and to be honest can't really tell the difference.
This is a fairly typical jar of sauce to cook some meat in to make a quick and easy meal but in my opinion it is far superior to most of the sauces on the market. It does give a much more "home cooked" result. The jar has 425 g contents and I paid £2.08 for my jar.
The sauce contains:
Tomato, onion, water, sunflower oil, tomato paste, red pepper, sugar, coriander, garlic paste, spices, ginger paste, lemon juice, green chilli puree, ground bar and garlic. Sorry for the list but I thought it was interesting to see how much goes into this.
I like to use this with chicken but I have also tried it with lamb and I suppose you could use it with any meat. You just chop the meat up, fry it for a few minutes and then pour the sauce on and leave to cook through. About half an hour is enough for chicken but if you had a tougher meat it might be worth leaving it to let the meat tenderise.
I like to serve the chicken bhuna with basmati rice. I also love to have Bombay aloo with any curry and this is my cheat to make it.
Peel two or three potatoes and chop into five or six pieces. Put them in a pan and add about a quarter of a can of chopped tomatoes and a little water, if you have any green, yellow or red pepper you can chop up what you have and add it (about a quarter of a pepper should be enough.) Now add about two table spoons of your bhuna sauce and leave to cook. This makes a quick and easy addition to your meal. Add some chilli to taste, about a quarter of a teaspoon should be enough
If you are a fan of really hot curries this isn't the one for you but if you like a rich, medium hot curry do give it a try.