“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Potato „
I like to make my own curries, and I'm not bad at it, but I also like ready meal curries for their taste and ease to make. As a vegetarian I sometimes find that there isn't an actual curry which I can have, but only side dishes like Bombay potato and aloo gobi saag. This is not a problem - even if there is a veggie curry, I quite often choose one of these as I love them so much.
Tesco Bombay Potato comes in a 300g pot which says it serves two - this is as a guide for a side dish, so one pot does me fine for a main meal. It costs £1.35 for a pack. The most common way to heat this up is to use the microwave, which takes around 5 minutes, however I don't currently have a microwave so for some time now I've been using the oven.
Heating the Bombay potato in the oven takes around 25 minutes from chilled. This kind of takes away the point of a quick meal, but it is still easy - you just have to take off the film lid and stick the plastic pot in the oven. The results when heating it up in the oven are slightly different, as it tends to come out a little thicker.
I've tried Bombay potato from most of the major supermarkets, and I think Tesco is my favourite. The potato chunks are always very nice, soft but not turning to mush when you stir the dish, the sauce is just the right consistency, not runny but also not too thick to mix it in with your rice. The sauce has a good consistency - less oily than what you would expect in a restaurant, but still with a touch of oiliness which gives a little bit of authenticity. There are generous quantities of potatoes in the dish, and plenty of sauce too.
The taste is also very good. Of course it can't match Bombay potato from an Indian restaurant, but it is a very tasty ready meal. The taste is subtle and smooth yet strong - it is full of flavour but not overpoweringly so. There is a nice level of spice in the dish, just enough that there's a gentle nip but not so much that it is all you can taste. The combination of soft potatoes, good sauce and of course the smooth gentle spice is just right.
I don't eat a lot of ready meals, but Tesco Bombay Potato is one that regularly finds its way into my basket for a tasty and easy treat, and good value too.
I am a real fan of Indian food and some times I like nothing more than to pick up a takeaway supermarket curry, naan, rice and Bombay potatoes and leave it all in the fridge. It usually lasts there about a day before I crack and end up placing everything in the oven and almost foaming at the mouth of the gorgeous feast that I am about to consume. Now I am generous and I usually share this with my wonderful fiancé, Tom, who shares my love of all things Indian!
These Bombay potatoes are similar to ones I have purchased from other supermarkets in the past in that they come provided in a plastic tray with a plastic film seal and over the top is a large paper sleeve which shows all the usual information. These potatoes should be cooked at 190 degrees for around 20-25 minutes but I usually do mine for around 25-30 minutes as this means that the potatoes have a delicious crisp edge to them and yet they remain wonderfully soft and fluffy inside.
Ingredients: Potato (47%), Onion (28%), Tomato Purée, Tomato, Vegetable Oil, Cornflour, Garlic Purée, Ginger Purée, Salt, Lemon Juice, Spices, Sugar, Turmeric Powder, Coriander, Green Chilli Purée, Black Mustard Seed, Chilli Powder, Cumin Seed, Black Onion Seed, Curry Leaves, Bay Leaf
As you can see the main ingredients is potato and then onion. Now I am not the biggest fan of onion but this has been mixed with the spices for an incredible taste and the onion is soften to perfection. The amount of spice in this dish is very authentic without being too over the top and the spice level is one that's very comfortable and the potatoes are very well cooked and full of flavour. There is nothing too overpowering about this dish and it really does show that the potatoes have had plenty of time to marinate in the spices and flavourings.
Per 100g there is 80 calories, 3g sugars, 4.2g fat, 0.3g saturated fat, 0.6g salt so overall these really aren't too bad and 100g is a fairly generous portion although I must admit that two of us will usually share a 300g pot.
Each 300g portion is just £1.00 which I think is an absolute bargain price but if you want to save even more money then try the canned variety that Tesco offer. The fresh one is definitely the best quality and it's much more convenient and cheaper than me cooking them up myself.
I would be very happy to eat this as an accompaniment to an Indian every single week. I never tire of eating Bombay potatoes and these particular ones are very good quality. The packaging is fairly basic but serves it's purpose well and the price is more reasonable than some of the ones I have tried in the past. The quality of the potatoes is always good with no bad pieces present in any of the dishes I have tried before. The amount of spices is enough to give a nice warming taste to the dish without being too overpowering or overly spicy. The whole dish has a wonderfully authentic feel about it and these potatoes really are the ultimate convenience food as I just have to open the packet and pour in to an ovenproof dish and then cook!
Tesco Bombay Potato costs £1.17 for a 300g pot from the chilled section in Tesco. They do some great bits in the chilled ready meal section for take-away style meals on the cheap. This is great served with a selection of curry, rice, naan bread and Indian snacks like onion bahjjis and samosas. I tend to get a different mix everytime we have one of these kinds of meals, but nearly always wind up with Bombay Potato as it's my favourite side dish.
The Tesco version is really tasty in my opinion. It's not entirely true to the original Indian style of cooking, but I can't help but not care about that a whole lot. I don't care if something is 'authentic' or not. All I care about is that it's tasty! But if you are looking for an authentic taste of India, this might not be top of your shopping list.
Each pot goes in the microwave to heat up for a couple of minutes, then comes out ready to serve. You can heat it up in the oven if you prefer, but this takes considerably longer (20-25 minutes).
There are absolutely loads of potato chunks in every pot of this. Sometimes ready meals can get a bit drowned by sauce, but I've had this lots of time and always found the consistency is just right. There are always plenty of potatoes in every pot, and I always find that the potatoes are slightly firm on the outside of each little chunk with a lovely soft, fluffy centre.
In with the potatoes are a range of spices and a large amount of onion bits too. The sauce that it's all mixed together in has a very pleasant smooth and oily texture to it, with a strongly spiced flavour that is very pungent and powerful to the tastebuds, but without being too hot. They've got the mix just right in my opinion, as I like spicy flavours rather than piping hot ones.
Despite being a tasty little thing, this isn't actually that bad for you. There are 240 calories in a pot along with 12.6g of fat. That's not exactly healthy I realise, but as far as take-away foods go you could do a lot worse!