“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Chicken „
I do love a nice curry me, however don't always have the funds to spend on a take away or in a resteraunt so when I spotted this on offer in Tescos from £3.00 to £1.40 I decided that as its price is usually so high for a ready meal and this size it must be good and so I popped one in my shoppping basket for tea.
The curry and rice come in onc black plastic tray divided into two compartments with a clear plastic film over them and a purple and white coloured sleeve slides on and off that with ease. On the front of the sleeve there is a photograph of the Chicken tikka masala and rice and we are told that it is Tesco 'Indian' Chicken Tikka Masala & Pilau Rice 'Marinated flame seared chicken in a warmly spiced tomato and cream sauce infused with paprika, coriander and cumin, served with aromatic pilau rice' and then we are told that it serves one person, is medium in spice, suitable for home freezing, there is an at a glance nutritional chart displayed and the best before date is clearly displayed. On the back of the box other information stated includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart displayed, we are told how to cook it (you can microwave this for 8-10 minutes or oven cook it for 25-30 minutes), the weight of the product is listed (which is 550g and the only size I have seen this available to purchase in) and contact details for Tescos are clearly given. Informative enough packaging and not too much of it which is what I like to see seeming as I like to recycle as much as I can!
The Chicken Tikka Masala & Pilau Rice:
I removed the sleeve and was pleased that although initially I didn't think was a very large meal due to the size of the carton when I picked it up in store, that both compartments were really full of the tikka masala and rice. Easy to cook this was I simply popped mine in the microwave for 10 minutes though of course you can oven cook this if you prefer as I stated earlier.
In the time I cooked it in it cooked well, skinned slightly over the sauce of the tikka masala but looked really appertising and smelt slightly of garlic and other spices and really just of a fine curry.
What you get is a light brown and slightly creamy looking chicken tikka masala. The sauce is fairly thick and there is absolutely loads of soft and tender chicken breast and I have to admit I've never seen so much chunky chicken in a ready meal such as this before!
So what you get taste wise is plenty of chicken in a sauce that is made with teeny pieces of onion in it, tomato puree, bits of what looks like of fresh coriander blended with cream, yogurt, honey, cashew nut paste and garlic. The sauce is tangy, slightly sour but creamy and well seasoned all at the same time. It has a sharpness to it which comes from the flavour of the tomatoe paste it contains and it is a very highly flavoursome chicken tikka masala though my flatmate/ bestmate had one of these when I did and complained that it was far too rich in flavour for her and 'confusing'. It wasn't for me though and I just found the flavours to really mingle well together and although this does contain some chilli powder within it and ginger pure (along with a few other ingredients of course!) I didn't find this to be blow my brains out hot but to give a gentle tingle to my tastebuds.
The rice is lots of light yellow long grains. Not one bit watery but very moist I found that even though I microwaved my meal that the rice was really fluffy and I didn't have to ask myself if I wanted one lump or two! It is flavoured with a little lemon juice, tumeric and cardamom pods (2 were in mine) and I found the rice to be really tasty and filling.
All in all I find this to be a really nice dish which is hearty and filling and as close to anything as I've had from a take away or resteraunt like this at half the price but if I was you I'd nip into Tesco and buy it cheap when its on offer like I did!
Nutritional Information Per Pack:
Only available in Tesco stores.