“ Brand: Sharwood's / Type: Other Ready Meals „
This review is for the Sharwoods Lamb Biryani Style rice dish, 360g size. I found the taste pretty good for a cheap ready meal, but this was completely spoiled by the horrible gritty texture. It was as though someone had stirred a spoonful of sand into the meal. I don't know which ingredient produced this effect ; I have dined in Indian restaurants for 30+ years and had many different ready meal curries from different supermarkets, but never experienced anything like this nasty gritty texture. This was all the more surprising, given that the pack was marked "Improved Recipe". The chef definitely needs to reconsider.
according to the box this should have contained 13% lamb but search as I might I could not see nor taste any. There must be lamb in there otherwise Sherwood's would be breaking some law or other but it must be in the form of very tiny minced shreds of the meat that are not discernible to the palate. Perhaps they should rename it Lamb flavour. I eat quite a lot of Indian food and this falls far short of anything like a real Biryani
While clearing out our freezer ready for our Christmas supplies my wife and I decided to use up some ready meals we had bought several months ago from ASDA while they were on sale for £1.
We bought a Chicken Rice Chinese style (that I had) and Lamb Biryani style meal that Sue eat. The meals were both disgusting although the Biryani certainly did have some spice and a fair degree of heat with crunchy black bits that I can only suggest were cardamon seeds.
The Lamb Biryani is 360g and 502 calories which can be cooked in the oven or microwave. These dishes were so disgusting that neither of us eat the meals and luckily we had bought a rather nice cream cake earlier from Sainsburys that very quickly eleviated the situation.
The ingredients are:
Rice, potatoes, peas, salt, cumin seeds, cardamon seeds, ground turmeric (Indian style rice)
Water, lamb, onion, tomato puree, vegetable oil, garlic, coriander leaf, salt, ginger, modified maize starch, ground coriander, garam masala, ground cumin, green chilli, ground turmeric, ground chilli (Biryani style sauce)
Would I buy this again? Absolutely not.
I am a great fan of Indian meals; I always have been; but I usually only like certain types of Indian foods; Biryani is one of them. I have a great little Indian take away fairly close to my home and a fantastic restaurant a few miles away from me too! However, I cannot often afford to eat out and not always afford Indian take always; so I often look in the shops for Indian meals that ate a reasonable cost.
I was in Asda last week with my partner and I saw this Sharwoods Lamb Biryani frozen meal.. It is described as ' a filling rice dish with minced lamb and potato with authentic Indian spice'. I would agree with this statement. This is a lovely meal and it is quite filling. It was even enough for me. Had there been more, I would have ate more! But the portion size is good and is probably enough for any adult. I liked the look of the picture of the meal on the front of the box. I love mince curries and I love potatoes in curries. Whenever I cook a curry I always put potatoes in it. The picture shows lots of small cubed potatoes with plenty of rice mixed in, peas, onions and rice. It looks very appealing.
I was not disappointed when I ate it. There isn't a great deal of minced Lamb but enough with everything else combined. This meal can be cooked in the oven or microwaved. It only takes about 7 minutes in the microwave and this is how I coked it. It really is very tasty and I shall certainly be buying this again. The only thing was that I think I got a clove or some sort of Indian spice stuck in my teeth!! So that wasn't very pleasant as the flavour was too strong! However, that was my own fault and not the fault of the meal itself. This meal isn't too hot either. Its just right for me and I would say its just about a medium hotness. I might even offer this to my son some time as he likes curries too.
Cooked Rice, Potatoes, Peas, Cumin Seeds, Cardamon Seeds, Ground Turmeric, Water, Lamb (12%), Onion, Tomatoes Puree, Vegetable Oil, Garlic, Coriander Leaf, Ginger, Salt, Cornflour, Ground Coriander, Garam Masala, Ground Cumin, Green Chilli, Ground Turmeric, Ground Chilli
Garam Masala contains Coriander, Cinnamon, Pepper, Ginger, Fennel, Chilli, Paprika, Cardamon, Clove,
Cumin, Bay, Spice Extract, Turmeric
May contain traces of nuts and/or seeds
It also states on the box that the product may contain some small bones. However, I didn't notice any in my meal.
Each 360g meal contains 432 kcals. That sounds like quite a lot but the meal is filling!
This meal is soooooh cheap! It only costs £1.47 so its well worth it; its five stars from me!
Loving other ready meals from the Sharwood range I couldn't wait to try this one out. I love rice dishes and in my memory it had been a long time since I'd have lamb in any sort of meal...and at a pound (on offer in Asda!) it was certainly worth a try I reckoned!
The meal itself comes in a box and on the front of that box there is a photograph of a biryani meal on there and I'm told that it is 'Rice Dishes', Sharwood's Lamb Biriyani Style, 'A filling rice dish with minced lamb and potato cooked with authentic spices' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, I'm told that it cooks from frozen in a microwave in 7 1/2 minutes, that it serves 1 person and that it weighs 360g. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told how to heat it up, ingredients, allergy advice and a full nutritional chart is displayed as is the best before date and contact details for Kerry Foods Ltd (the manufacturer of the product) are stated. Open up the box you are met with a rather largish square black plastic container which is covered by see-through plastic.
The Meal Itself:
Well it's simple to cook this and you can wither cook it in the oven in about 45 minutes or in a microwave for about 7 and a half minutes...the choice is yours. Personally I always think a ready meal should be quickly cooked and so I bunged mine in the microwave for the time stated on the box after poking holes in the film lid first and I cooked it from frozen (which are the only directions on the box given).
The meal came out hot, plentiful, attractive and I really could smell yummy lamb.
The meal is a sort of orange in colour (which is due to turmeric being used in this meal), everything is moist but not in a sauce as such. Most of the meal is well cooked and seasoned rice and then you get some small chunks of potato's, peas and onion and you can see little cardamom and cumin seeds blended with what I think is tiny specks of minced lamb.
Flavour wise I simply loved this meal. Everything was well cooked and tasty and the lamb wasn't chewy or fatty and the meal wasn't one bit greasy. The overall meal was flavoured with hints of chilli, garlic, coriander, tumeric and garam masala.
I felt the portion size of this was excellent and the taste really wonderful. Really tangy and spicy without being hot and not only did it taste great it looked it too! Nothing to complain about with this meal at all. It's one of the most flavoursome ready meals I have digested in ages! lol.
Nutritional Information Per 360g Serving:
Available in all good supermarkets etc.