“ Brand: Spice-N-Tice / Type: Chicken „
I always have such good intentions when it comes to cooking but seem to make the same few meals over and over again. I was out shopping one day and spied a number of meal kits made by Spice-N-Tice which contain a blend of spices and seeds and a recipe to make authentic Indian meal and decided to give the coriander chicken a try.
There is a shopping list on the back of the kit telling you what you need to make your dish. The coriander chicken needs chicken breasts, onions, garlic, ginger, tinned tomatoes, fresh coriander, lemon juice, oil, salt and sugar. It seems like a long list but as I had everything except the ginger either in my cupboards, freezer or garden then it was easy enough to get started.
The box contains a recipe laying out all the steps to make your curry. The first step was marinading the chicken with the contents of one of the sachets and then on to chopping the garlic, ginger and onions. This is where my only stumbling point came, the recipe didnt make it clear what size to chop the onions so I decided to chop half very finely and the other half into rings. Then it was time to start cooking. The second sachet of seeds and spices were browned and the other ingredients added and then the third sachet was added with some water.
The curry needs simmered for around 20 minutes before you serve it and the proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say so how did it turn out?
The dish was truely delicious. The sauce was a lovely deep brown colour and the chicken was amazingly succulent. Because of the mix of ingredients, the curry had a lovely rich deep flavour and every so often I would bite into a cumin seed and have a lovely taste explosion in my mouth. Even my fussy daughter commented on the lovely smell coming from the kitchen and couldnt wait to tuck in. The curry was spicy without being too hot and I would have been perfectly happy if I had been served this quality of a dish in a restaraunt.
These kits are available for £2 each from selected delis or directly from the Spice-N-Tice website. They are fairly expensive for what is esentially 3 packets of spices and a recipe. It would be cheaper to make your own curry from scratch but the initial outlay for all nine spices and seeds contained in the box would be pretty huge so buying a kit like this is a good idea if you would only make curry occasionally.
What I like about this product is that, unlike a take-away curry or jar, you know what goes into your dish and it is low in fat and free of preservatives and E numbers. My one niggle is that the recipe called for a full teaspoon of salt which seems excessive and I simply omited it as we eat a low sodium diet in my house and it was still delicious.
I'm really impressed by the results of my Spice-N-Tice box, it was really easy to make a delicious and high quality meal using fresh ingredients. I have an Indian cookbook but the massive lists of spices needed to start cooking has always put me off cooking a curry from scratch before. The kits are expensive but I got four good sized portions of curry for less than the cost of a take-away and it is certainly tastier and healthier than the fare my local Indian sells. I'll be looking out for other curries in the range to make as an occasional treat.
A marination of Indian spices and hand picked seeds to create a succulent coriander chicken dish.