“ Brand: Asda / Type: Sauces „
Loving cooking the way that I do usually when I make a curry I make one up totally and from scratch and don't 'cheat'. However my flatmate the other day begged me to make me and her a curry for our tea yet I had my boyfriend staying for dinner and he is a plain and fussy eater and needed to be able to cook for me and her and him which meant two different meals and I knew she was expecting rice, nans and side dishes too with our meal so I nipped to Asda to get a cook in sauce, some microwave rice and that sort of thing. When she found out I was cheating she wasn't best pleased with me so I got us this extra special one and in madras flavour as that is her favourite to try help me please her!
360g glass see-through jar with a black twist on/off lid to the top of it with the best before date clearly stamped on it. On the front of the label there is a photograph of a curry on there and I am told that it is Extra Special 'Loving food at Asda' Madras Cooking Sauce, Indian 'Spicy and rich, made with the finest tomatoes, onions, coconut and the fiery combination of authentic Indian spices' and that it has a hot chilli rating on there and that it is suitable for Vegetarians. On the back of the jar ingredients and allergy advice is given as is nutritional information, the weight is stated (as I've listed already), storage information is given and I'm told how to use the sauce and contact details for Asda are given. Nice enough, informative jar this is and it doesn't look cheap although it is a supermarkets own label (which I find with alot of own branded products).
The sauce in appearance is a light orangy colour and I can see specs of coriander (green leaf) within it. When you open the jar up you can see an orange film of grease and it smells of tomatoes, onions and various spices and generally smells of curry!
You can use this sauce in two ways. Either fry off the ingredients you want to add to the sauce first (which is entirely up to you what you use and you can use fish, meat and or vegetables) and then add and simmer the sauce for about 20 minutes or fry off the ingredients, put them in a casserole dish and add the sauce and let the let it cook in the oven for about 35-40 minutes.
I cooked my curry on the hob as I am a bit lazy and didn't want extra washing up. I fried off chicken, onions, peppers and mushrooms until lightly browned and then added this thick sauce to them. Yes it is a thick sauce but through cooking it, it does melt slightly and coat all the ingredients you are using well and this sauce does adequately feed 3/4 people as long as you don't overdo it with too many ingredients of course. I found this to make 2 decent sized portions though and felt that four portions would be stretching it a bit too much really.
Flavour-wise both me and my mate throughly enjoyed this sauce. Tomatoey, onion and very herby with a hint of coconut to it, it was rather hot in flavour due to the chilli content but it never blew our brains out or anything like that. This is a well blended and very flavoursome sauce indeed. Although hot you can detect a hint of yogurt in there adding a creaminess to the proceedings and overall each mouthful sort of tastes different!
Nice sauce Asda and I agree with you totally...this is a bit 'Extra Special' and I now really love madras as this isn't harsh at all!
Typical values Per 100g:
of which sugars: 4.0g
of which saturates: 0.05g
equivalent as salt: 1.0g
Only available in Asda stores costing £1.34 a jar
Having never been a fan of homemade curries, well the jar variety anyway, I was over the moon to find that my husband had finally found a preference for a jar sauce, meaning that it would make curry nights a cheaper and easier affair altogether!
The product I will now review is - "Extra special - madras cooking sauce"
This is a reasonably new product from the Asda "Extra special" range, these are simply higher quality products with much more thought and effort put into the conception.
This particular sauce comes in a stylish clear jar with a label containing all the relevant information needed.
Brand name (extra special), product name (madras cooking sauce), product description, hw hot his sauce is and finally a delicious looking picture of a made up curry.
Instructions for use are simple, my sort of recipe! Either lightly brown 1/2lb of chicken breast, or whatever meat you wish, then either simmer on the hob for 20 minutes, or place in an oven proof dish and oven cook for 35 - 40 minutes.
I have never made this curry up with chicken, preferring to use stewing steak, thus meaning I can slow cook the steak through the day, then add sliced onions and the sauce, then oven cook for a while until hot.
The sauce is of high quality, when the jar is opened, the sauce is so thick you really have to shake the jar vigorously to extract the sauce, there is a thin layer of oil on the top of the sauce followed by a thick meld of orangy/brown sauce, with all the herbs and spices being very visible within. I do normally though have to either water the sauce down a little or add a tin of tomatoes to make it either go a bit further portion wise or to make liquid enough to be mopped up by fresh hot naan's.
This sauce is sod as a hot sauce, this is indicated by the "three chillies" motif that many Indian cooking sauces uses as indication. In reality it is nowhere near as hot as the product suggests, though the spices are more than zingy on the tongue, as I am a bit of a curry wimp I tend to drink a glass of milk straight after eating to quench the burn.
The sauce is delicious and made even better by the steak, adding another layer of flavour with a real meaty and rich taste, though you can just about add whatever you want, prawns, pork or made into a vegetable curry would also be ideal as this product is stated as suitable for vegetarians.
The nutritional information is as follows -
Per 100g (just under 1/3 of a jar),
4.0g of which sugars,
0.05g of which saturates.
Allergy advice states that this product contains milk and mustard, and may contains traces of seeds and/or nuts.
Price wise this is currently on offer for the sum of £1.00 a jar, with there being around 6 different varieties, ranging from korma through to madras, with heat variations inbetween.
Full price these are still quite good value, being sold for around £1.60 a jar.
For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk
Thanks for reading x