Product Type: Loyd Grossman Ready Meals
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Loyd Grossman Bhuna
Member Name: Lools_24
Loyd Grossman Bhuna
Date: 09/08/09, updated on 15/11/11 (1656 review reads)
Advantages: Tasty, lower calorie, suitable for vegetarians
Disadvantages: Needs more veg adding in my opinion.
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~~~
Summary: Almost as good as homecooked curry
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