“ Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Curry „
My lovely mam came up to see me in Edinburgh a few days ago, and kind as she is, offered to buy be some food from Marks and Spencer. The food from this shop is fantastic, though unfortunately all of the food is slightly out of my price range, so I only get to shop here when my mam is paying. One of the meals that I chose for myself was this King Prawn Goan Style Curry, which is part of their healthy eating range.
This curry contains three large king prawns (which doesn't sound like much, but they're gorgeous and are very large), cauliflower, peas, rice, a curry sauce as well as herbs and spices. The sauce is difficult to describe, even though I am a huge curry fan, though I can tell you that it's absolutely delicious. It's not overly spicy, though is hot enough, and is a fairly dry curry, which is in no way sweet or fruity. It compliments the vegetables very well, and all together the ingredients make a very enjoyable savoury curry. The rice is very good as well, which is impressive, as I am usually not very impressed with rice found in ready meals and heated in the microwave. All in all, for taste, I would give this curry 5/5.
Cooking this dish is very simple: either put it in the microwave for 4 minutes, or put it in the oven for 25 or so. I chose the microwave option, and although this usually makes food not taste as good as if you'd cooked it in the oven, I am very impressed with the results. I can only imagine that if you cooked it in the oven it would either taste the same as if it were microwaved, or it would taste too good! It didn't require stirring or any effort at all during cooking, which is convenient.
In terms of health, this meal is fantastic. There are only 340 calories in the meal, and very little sugar and fat, so it's perfect if you're on a diet as I am. The curry also contains one of your five fruit and veg a day, so it's a good way to up your vitamin intake as well as being good for your waistline. The size of the meal is great too, as it will fill one person up very well, though it definitely wouldn't be enough for more than one person.
In my opinion, there are only a couple of problems with this curry. Firstly, the price: at £4 per pack, they're quite expensive for what is essentially a ready meal. If you can afford to spend this much on your tea, then great, go for it, but otherwise it may only be something that you allow yourself as a treat. Having said that, if you're craving a curry, going down to M&S and picking up one of these will be a lot cheaper than getting a takeaway, and will have a lot less calories and fat too. Secondly, the king prawns come still in a shell. Whereas you can eat these, it is difficult to eat the prawns as they are so crunchy, though you could probably cut them up into smaller pieces if you wanted to.
So, in conclusion, this meal was fantastic, and is something that I would definitely buy again (if I could afford it, that is!). The taste is extraordinary, and the low calorie content almost makes it taste even better. If you like king prawns and curry, and have £4 to spare, then I would strongly recommend this King Prawn Goan Style curry to you. Despite its two small problems, I will still award this curry 5 stars, as I absolutely loved it.