I love curry and my local Farmfoods sells these meals often at a pound each and I am quite knowledgeable on this one as I buy it quite often as I love a nice korma when I get a takeaway or go to an Indian restaurant though I have to be honest with you although it is nice enough it isn't that good but as a filling stop gap that heats up in the microwave very quickly indeed it does me just fine and I find the portion size rather hearty! The Packaging: The meal itself comes in a black, reusable black plastic tray and with a peel off see-through plastic lid over the meal and within a box. The box is square and the front and the back of the it appear the same telling us that it is indeed Sharwood's Chicken Korma With Rice' A mild and creamy Korma made with tender pieces of chicken breast in a coconut, yogurt and coriander sauce, delicately flavoured with cardamom, served with lightly seasoned rice' and we are also told that it is a mild dish, weighs 375g and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the sides of the box other information listed includes being told how to heat it (this is suitable for oven or microwave cooking from frozen), the ingredients and full nutritional chart are stated and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The Meal Itself: Well whether you cook this in the oven or in the microwave the best way apparently is from frozen and in the oven it should take about 30 minutes, in the microwave about 8 and to be honest I always shove mine in the microwave. This is a rather nice, filling and a good quality meal. You get more rice which is aldente, slightly yellow in colour and seasoned with turmeric than you do of the korma but I don't mind that as the rice is tasty, well seasoned and one not bit soggy. The korma is a yellowish colour and you don't get a lot of the cubes of chicken in this but you do get a lot of thick sauce which does has a taste of coconut to it and onions and although this isn't overly sweet or too cocounutty and it is reminiscent of a korma though it isn't as thick and creamy as when I order one of course. I like the texture, feel its well seasoned and that the chicken is nice and not stringy or fatty and with only 489 calories per meal it isn't a bad korma to eat though it does contain 9.7g of saturated fat so I wont be eating this one all that often! It is filling though and great quality from Sharwood's and it gets a thumbs up from me. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Although I am not a massive fan of Curries, I do like to have them now and again and I would probably say that a Chicken Korma is my favourite or at least one of my favourite curries. On a recent shopping trip to my local Tesco I came across the frozen meals area and spotted the Sharwood's range of ready meals and as I had not had a Curry for a while I decided that I would pick one up and chose the Chicken Korma. It's a while since I had eaten a Curry so last night I decided to have this Korma for my tea and this is my verdict on Sharwoods Chicken Korma.
The appearance of food, especially a curry is pretty important as you probably wouldn't want to eat something you thought looked vile would you? and I have seen some curries which to be honest don't look all that appetising. So how did this Chicken Korma do on this test?. I was very satisfied with the look of the curry, it had a nice light look which blended well with the rice and the chicken looked nice and I was looking forward to eating the Chicken Korma to see what I made of the all important taste.
Once you have either microwaved or cooked your meal you should wait a minute or two for it to cool down sufficiently and then you are ready to eat your Chicken Korma. I was very impressed with the meal, particularly the chicken which really mixed well with the creamy korma. I liked the rice aswell and if you take care to make sure you get the microwave or cooking times right then the rice will be soft and light and subtly tasty. This is one of the best ready made Curries I have ever tried and I would recommend it to anyone who likes Sharwoods other products.
You can pick one of these up for £1 at Tesco and Asda which I think is a really great price as you get 375g. There are however 583 calories in one of these which is a little higher than some other Chicken Korma's but there really is enough of the meal that you can share with someone else and maybe add to the meal with Poppadoms or Naan Bread. This will give it a more authentic Indian Restaurant feel. Either way I'm sure you would enjoy the meal.
I have tried a number of ready meals from Sharwoods and this Chicken Korma is right up there with their best. It's quicky and easy to make and tastes very nice indeed. Obviously it does not quite stand up to the best you will find in the restaurants but it is a lot better than the cheap equivalent which you will find around this kind of price from the Supermarket's own brands. So my final verdict is this is a bargain at £1.