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Tesco 'Finest' King Prawn Biryani

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      20.09.2009 23:31
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      A Wicked Curry That Is Just Right With The Spices And Tastes Great

      I got this reduced in Tesco because it was only £1.79 instead of over £3.00 and it looked nice so I got it for my tea last night.

      I'm not mad keen for curry but have had biryani before and know I like it because it's not too hot and this one was nicer than I thought it would be.

      I did mine in the microwave because curries always cook good in them but you can cook it in the oven as well. You can freeze it as well as long as you freeze it on the same day as you buy it so I'm going to wait for some special offers on these to stock up because it's such a nice curry.

      The sauce is creamy and there are loads of juicy prawns and tons of rice to soak the thick sauce up with. I thought the prawns were wicked because usually in curries like this you only get a few and they're always them small ones but these are proper king prawn size and taste dead fresh.

      THis one was a bit milder than the one I had in the curry house last month but it was still quite spicy and I could taste that it was quite authentic in the taste. The rice cooked good in the microwave but if you do it in the oven I reckon the rice would dry out a bit, I put a spoon of water over it before I put it in the microwave and that helped stop it drying out.

      Even though there's more rice than anything in it that's ok because it goes nice with the prawns and sauce so it's not like they've used it to pad the meal out because it's quite a big curry anyway.

      You can tell it's not homemade or from the curry house but it's still yummy and I did a naan bread with it and that made a proper nice meal that was filling and probably the best supermarket curry about.

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        24.08.2009 19:13
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        not recommended

        I bought the Southern Indian prawn Biryani today from Tesco's which is part of their finest range. It was reduced from £3.98 to £2.59 as its use by date was today so I thought it was an ideal purchase for tea. Each pack contains 500g

        The finest range is designed to be higher quality products.


        I followed the instructions to microwave which for a 750w oven you need to piece film and then cook for six and a half minutes.\it can also be cooked in the oven for 20-25 minutes and can also be frozen.

        I let it stand for a couple of minutes then served it into a dish a sit was streaming hot I left it in the kitchen for a couple of minutes to cool.

        It does have a typical spicy curry aroma. There were approximately six large prawns but unfortunately these were chewy. There did seem to be the right combination of onions and sauce it had enough spice to start making my nose run but not hot enough to burn my mouth. It had included chopped onions and they were plentiful but chopped small enough that you can have a mouthful with rice rather than some meals I have that included onion to bulk the meal up cheaply .I also found that the cashew nuts in it were soft as they were mixed in with the curry. In previous ready meals I have purchased that contained cashews they were in a separate section removed then added after cooking and this worked much better. The rice itself was fine and there was plenty to eat and was left more than satisfied in fact my son had a little of the rice.

        Each pack contains:
        760 calories
        33.5g fat
        3g salt

        So this is far from a healthy meal.

        I was not that impressed considering it was from the finest range and do not think it was worth the £2.59 I paid but would be mortified if I had paid nearly £4 for this meal. I won't be purchasing this item again and certainly would not recommend it to anyone.

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          18.05.2009 20:16
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          A nice meal!

          When it comes to prawn dishes I simply love them as a rule! Not being much of a cook when I saw this in Tesco I couldn't resist trying it out! I love curry/spicy dishes so this really did appeal to me and my taste-buds!

          The Packaging....

          The meal comes in a black plastic, fairly deep and big square tray with a plastic cellophane, see-through lid to the top of it. Over that there is a cardboard 'sleeve' and on the front there is a picture of the biryani and under that in silver, pink and black writing I'm told it's Tesco 'Finest' Southern Indian Prawn Biryani which is 'Saffron scented rice layered with succulent king prawns in a creamy sauce, enriched with cashew nut puree and coconut milk and flavoured with whole spices for a distinct curry aroma'. Then I'm told the meal serves one, is suitable to cook in the microwave and suitable for home freezing, the use by date is clearly stamped on and finally there is an at a glance nutritional chart displayed there. On the back of the sleeve ingredients and allergy advice are given as is nutritional information and cooking instructions and contact details for Tesco are listed and finally the weight is stated (500g) and there is a bar-code on there. Nice packaging and not too much of it I'm pleased to add!

          Cooking Instructions...

          To oven cook: 40-45 minutes from frozen or 20-25 minutes from chilled, 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5 or you can microwave it for 10-11 minutes from frozen or 7-8minutes from chilled. the choice is yours!

          The Meal Itself....

          I was instantly pleased with the portion size of this and was impressed that all I had to do was pop a fork through the top of the lid a couple of times, shove it in my microwave and voila it was done with no effort at all! No stirring half way through or messing about it was really simple to cook and I cooked it from chilled in 7 minutes and it was piping hot and well cooked. I gave it a quick stir before turfing it out on my plate and my meal really did have a delicate smell of fresh prawns and vegetables to it and it was all a nice golden colour and not too stodgy or gloopy looking either.

          In the main the meal is made up of basmati rice which is nicely blended with shreds of onion, tiny cubes of tomato and a few whole cashews in a sort of creamy coconut sauce (though not loads of it and it is smooth and creamy) is blended with a whole host of well blended herbs and spices. I counted 10 large pink prawns that were a tad on the chewy side but incredibly tasty they were to be fair to them. I could taste cumin, clove and ginger along with a few other flavours and the creamyness of the yogurt and cream gave it a slightly tart/sour flavour. It actually was really nice, smelt it and looked it too and was such a big portion I couldn't eat the whole thing and trust me I have a huge appetite!

          Overall....

          A really good quality meal this is and for £3.98 for one portion you would expect it to be really! It tastes full of Indian flavours and is rich and tasty and very filling indeed! I would buy it again if for quickness and the fuss free of it all if nothing else...but the prawns are so tasty and really do absorb the herbs and spices and tangy lemon juice... it's simply a nice, mild meal !

          Allergy Advice....

          Contains Milk, Shellfish, Mustard And Cashew Nuts

          No added artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat.

          Nutritional Information Per Pack....

          Calories: 760
          Sugar: 7.6g
          Fat: 33.5g
          Saturates: 7.4g
          Salt: 3g

          Only available in Tesco.

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