“ Brand: Shana / Type: Other Ready Meals „
Loving rice dishes and loving in particular Indian food when I saw this product (I hadn't seen before)in Tescos priced at 79p a box I simply had to give it a go! Watching my weight lately and trying to be fit and healthy, I've got sick of rice and pasta and bored to death so was dying for something a bit different and more exotic!
Black and white box with a photograph of the cooked biryani on the front. In bright pink, white and black writing I'm told it is Shana 'Authentic Food' Vegetable Biryani which is 'Basmati rice gently cooked with traditional roasted spices and fresh vegetables' and that it is mild in flavour and suitable for Vegetarians and that the net weight of it is 250g/ 8.8oz. On the back of the box (which is now light green in colour and has black writing on it) I'm given nutritional information and ingredients, cooking instructions are also given (2 minutes in a dish in the microwave or 5 minutes boiled in the silver bag it comes in), I'm told how to store it, contact details for Shana foods are given, the best before date is displayed and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice enough informative box this is.
Well I'm a lazy thing so I shoved the contents of the pouch into a bowl and was greeted with a slimy looking brown rice that looked rather uninteresting to be honest and had a slight aroma of garlic to it. It cooked really well in 2 minutes with me stirring it half way through and once cooked and I opened the microwave door and it really did smell of vegetables and garlic and I noticed it wasn't as slimy looking as prior to cooking it.
So the majority of the dish is basmati rice which is a light brown in colour and although cooked well it was rather stodgy like it hasn't been rinsed out sort of thing after cooking. I mean this had been cooked prior to me getting it of course or it wouldn't cook for me in 2 minutes flat lol.
There were a few pieces of slightly softened cashews in here though not many of them at all and some really tiny thin, tasteless shreds of carrots and that's all you could see in the rice. There was a hint of a coconut flavour in here along with a hint of lemon juice and general mixed spices. It wasn't hot or sweet but just rather authentic and spicy really.
This was a bit too stodgy for me and my tummy and I got very bored very quickly of eating this. It smelt better than it tasted though it didn't taste horrid but like I say it was a plate of spicy rice that I soon got bored with. Listed in the ingredients were beans, cauliflower and onion and not only could I not visually find any of them ingredients I certainly couldn't taste them.
A very quick and easy meal to prepare and tastes ok just a bit too heavy for me!
Nutritional Information... Per 250g Serving (Half the box)....
Energy: 153 kcal
of which is sugars: 0.3g
of which is saturates: 0g