I am in no way a brand snob when it comes to food shopping and I am more than willing to try out the 'budget range' to see how they compare to the big brands in the hope of saving a few pennies here and there. Generally speaking I tend to find that the 'budget' options are just as good as the bigger brands at a fraction of the price. However there are always exceptions!
I decided to give this Smart Price curry sauce a try when I saw it in Asda for only 20 p! Can't hurt to try for 20p can it?! Especially when all the big brands are usually around £1.70 or £1 if on offer. 20 p seemed like an absolute bargain!!
It isn't even worth the 20 pence in all honesty! This stuff is just revolting. It actually tastes so cheap and nasty. At first glance it doesn't look too bad, it is an orangey yellow colour, normal jar of curry kind of colour, what you would expect. However then looking at it properly it is also slightly grainy and not smooth like you would expect. You can taste the salt in it from the first taste so I imagine it is packed out with the stuff!!
I will continue to buy cheaper supermarket own labels rather than the big brands but this is not one I will ever buy again.
I am all for saving money where you can and going for the cheaper labels where ever possible, but with this one do yourself a favour, save yourself 20p and do not buy this cooking sauce!
I try to buy curry sauce in those plastic pouches as they are lighter to carry. However, I ended up buying this one in a heavy glass jar because of the price. 19p for 440g is pretty good. There is a green and white label with Asda Smart price on it. It is described as curry cooking source and is shown as suitable for vegetarians. Also, there are no artificial colours or preservatives which is always a plus. The lid is a white metal screwtop. I'm not good at opening screwtop jars so held this under the hot tap for about a minute and then it came off easily.
The curry sauce has a nice, pale brown colour and is fairly smooth with the occasional lump of onion. The flavour is very mild, fruity and reminds me of Chinese curries rather than Indian ones.
I used it for a chicken and vegetable curry and it was ok, although I did need to add a spoonful of curry powder to spice things up a bit! As I only used half the jar, I put the lid back on and put it in the fridge for the next day.
I do like to try out budget food items to see if they can be combined to make tasty dishes - and sometimes this is a success and sometimes I feel that you get what you pay for. Asda Smart Price Curry Cooking Sauce is something I tried out and unfortunately was one of those products which just didn't work out for me. A jar of Asda Smart Price Curry Cooking Sauce which contains 440g of the curry sauce costs just 17p from Asda, and while this is a very inexpensive price, I really don't think it's good value because it tastes cheap.
The Asda Smart Price Curry Cooking Sauce comes in a glass jar with a screw top lid and so, in theory, you could use this curry sauce in batches if you weren't looking to use it all in one go - as long as it is kept in the fridge once opened. The sauce is a peanut brown coloured concoction which is mostly smooth in texture. I can't help but feel that it looks like the kind of curry sauce that we used to have at school when we had chicken curry - and to be honest in taste this is also not a million miles away from the truth. The sauce is easy to use because it's just a matter of adding whatever ingredients you want to it, such as chicken, peas, onions, bananas etc. and then heating the sauce through and allowing the ingredients to simmer in the sauce.
It's not that the sauce is unpleasant, it's just that it is no where near the standard of curry sauce that I am used to. It is fairly creamy and there are fruity hints in it, but to the point where it is very sweet and tastes quite synthetic. The sauce is also very very mild....too mild I would think for anyones tastes and so the hint of curry is so subtle that I don't think it tastes much like curry at all.
Overall, I just don't think this sauce is up to scratch because it's too bland and, despite the price, it's just not for me.
Like a lot of people whenever I can make little cut backs on my food shopping bill I will. I love a good curry and usually opt for a Lloyd Grossman curry sauce of some type retailing at the cheapest I have seen it at (on offer) for a pound a jar but instead of purchasing that least week I decided to give this a go as it only cost me 17p and I thought it had to be worth a go!
The jar is simple and see through glass and with a bright green and white label that goes around it and on the front of it we are told that it is Asda Smart Price Curry Sauce, that it is mild in flavour and suitable for vegetarians and that it is 440g in weight. On the back of the jar other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart listed and we are told how to use the sauce and contact details for Asda are given. It has a white twist on/off lid to the top of it and its informative enough.
The Sauce Itself:
Well on the front of the jar we are advised to use it with chicken or rice dishes however you can of course use this as you wish and if you want to use any other meat or fish and/or vegetables and things like Quorn....well why not!
To use this is simple. Simply fry off whatever ingredients you want to include in your dish first and then add this sauce over that and let it all simmer for at least 10-15 minutes. If you just want the sauce you can of course heat that up in a pan alone or microwave it for about 3 1/2 minutes.
This sauce has a great consistency to it. Thinnish though with body, it pours out of the jar with ease and has a nice brownish colour to it and a nice smell of a mild curry to it.
I find that although this is meant to give 4 portions of curry that in actual fact this gives me two decent curry portions really. The flavour is great, mild as promised with a nice flavour of tomatoes to it and garlic and of course a few other bits and bobs are well blended into it too.
This isn't a hot curry, course you can add stuff to that if you wish to, to make it hotter but this does has a slightly sweet taste to it which I assume is given by the ginger flavouring and coconut that is also within it.
This is quite simply a lovely, tasty and tangy sauce which is full of flavour and I really do like this one and I do recommend it as a base to anyone at the least!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
of which sugars: 6.6g
of which saturates: 1.4g
equivalent as salt: 1.0g
Only available in Asda stores or from Asda.com
My friend in work recommended this to me and I thought, hmmmm special price curry sauce unlikely story seen as she does not like curry sauce herself. But I wil try anything once and for 9p well who wouldn't.
Ok the packaging is basic - so what you throw the jar away anyways.
Now I love curry, and would eat my home made one everyday If I could, the hotter the better for me. If you like hot curry then using this sauce on its own then would be a no no. The sauce is mild and quite sweet, a bit like the Mcdonalds sweet curry sauce.
Ok so I used this with beef and chicken I added spices with it and aafew other bits and I have to say it was lovely.
The sauce is thick and not oily I have used this again and again and will continue to do so.
I would recommend
I'm not a curry fan, but my daughter is. She doesn't realise what brand of curry sauce I'm giving her, so I purchase this Smart Price curry sauce, she doesn't spit it back put at me so it must be nice. I use it for curry sauce with chips.
** Packaging **
The 440g of curry sauce comes contained within a see through glass jar. The typical white and green Smart Price label reaches almost all of the way around the jar. The label states the ingredients, nutrition and cooking instructions.
** The sauce **
To cook my daughters curry, I brown off some chicken then add the sauce and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes. Once it has finished cooking I always have a taste just to make sure its edible, this sauce is mild, very sweet and you can definitely taste the coconut. The sauce isn't as thick and creamy as some other branded sauces, but isn't so runny that its like water, it's in the middle ground of the two.
When using it for curry sauce with chips, I just bung it in the microwave and zap it for 3 minutes, done! I absolutely love chip shop curry sauce, but of course, with the tough times I've been finding alternatives to takeaways and this curry sauce definitely matches the level of the local chippy.
** Useful information **
This curry sauce is available from most Asda stores and is currently costing 9p, yes that is right, 9 pence!!
It is suitable for vegetarians. For people with allergies it contains sulphur dioxide and mustard and may contain traces of nuts and seeds.
** Overall **
9p, I think that sells it for everyone! If the sauce is too mild for some people, it would be cheaper to buy this then spice to taste than to go and buy a more expensive jar. But for mine and my daughter's needs this is absolutely fantastic and tastes great.
I'm not a big fan of curry and so I normally have a couple of jars in the cupboard for if I am making curry for the others in the house. I decided to give this particular brand a try after I read a few reviews saying that it was excellent.
* Packaging *
This sauce comes in a very simply designed glass jar with a plain green and white label, the standard smartprice colours. On the label there are details of contact information, ingredients and suitability information. This sauce in particular is stated as suitable for vegetarians. Although not stated this sauce is also suitable for those who are lactose intolerant as I discovered when I made it for a friend.
* Contents *
The contents of the jar is basically a sauce that is a deep sort of burnt orange colour with chunks of onion throughout. I did find it was a little thinner than other more expensive brands but this is not a problem if you are adding further veg and meat for a proper curry.
As I stated I am not a big fan of curry but I will have a taste to make sure that what I have made is suitable for consumption (with me it's hit or miss). I was suprised to find that this sauce was a lot better than others I have tried. There is a little spice there but it is much gentler than any of the other brands I have tried. It has a sort of sweetness to it which I have to admit I was a little suprised about. I was happy with this as it meant that not only was it suitable for adults but it was also suitable for me as I tend to like blander flavours and not a lot of spice as well as it being perfect for my toddler son. It's not too hot for him either but it does give him a taste of something different than what he's used to. I didn't find it to be creamy which you would expect with coconut cream added but to be honest I don't think it would be very nice if creamy at all. The tomatoes definately shine through along with the spices.
* Price *
This is available from most Asda stores, I have found it in 3 various ones close to me but I do know that some stores don't stock it for whatever reason. The price seems to fluctuate but it is always super cheap, I have picked it up for both 5p and 7p a jar which contains 440g which is an amazing price.
* Cooking Instructions *
This is super easy to make, you basically add it to a pot and heat to boiling, if adding other ingredients then this turn it down to simmer until the vegetables are soft and the meat cooked through. If using as just a dipping sauce then heating to boiling is plenty.
* Other Thoughts *
I have used this sauce not only for making a curry with peppers, onions, carrots and peas but as an addition to baked beans on toast making them curry beans. It also makes a great curry sauce for chips as a cheaper alternative to the chinese takeaways version. The full jar is just over 300 calories and is stated as suitable for 4 servings meaning that this is just 75 calories a portion! There would be more than that from your local takeaway! As I said it is thinner but for me that's not a problem and when adding veg anyway it makes a perfect curry. Definately 5 stars from me! Give it a go, if you don't like it it's only pennies you will have lost.
I'm on a bit of a money saving drive at the moment and am always looking for ways to cut back on the price of my weekly food shop. In the past I have bought more expensive jars of curry sauce but thought I would try smart price for a change.
It is packaged in a very simple glass jar with the usual white and green smart price colours. The label tells me it is suitable for vegetarians and that it is a mild curry sauce. The ingredients, nutritional information, cooking instructions and contact details for ASDA are on the label to the back of the jar.
*The sauce itself*
The sauce is a very deep amber in colour and has a very smooth texture. It is quite runny but is not too thin, so pours out of the jar very well. This is not always the case with creamier curry sauces where you tend to get half of the sauce stuck inside the jar.
The sauce tastes very good! You can definitely taste the curry powder and the tomatoes, although the coconut is not so obvious. It has a hint of spice that adds a little heat, but it also has a slight sweetness which stops the spice overpowering the sauce. It would be a perfect curry sauce for children or adults who, like myself, do not like very spicy food but still want a really tasty dish!
When I cooked with the sauce I added half a chopped onion, a chopped red and green pepper, some sultanas and chunks of turkey. This helped to bulk up the sauce a bit as when it is cooked it becomes a little thinner. But at only 7p a jar I really can't complain and will be stocking up my cupboard with some more!
As a family of 4 we are always on the look out for a cheap meal , my local supermarket were selling some of these jars of for 5p a jar , so i thought what the hell i will give them a go and purchased a few, and to be honest considering they were only 5p a jar they were not bad , they tasted quite nice , you do wonder how they can sell them for 5p but then again they are mass produced and no frills on the jar or the label which is plain white and green the ingredients in the sauce were Water , Tomato Purée , Onion (5.0%) , Sugar , Sultanas (3.0%) [contains Preservative (Sulphur Dioxide)] , Modified Maize Starch , Creamed Coconut (2.0%) , Vegetable Oil , Curry Powder (1.5%) [Coriander, Turmeric, Rice Flour, Fenugreek, Cumin, Mustard, Salt, Ginger, Black Pepper, Paprika, Chilli , Nutmeg, Fennel] , Salt , Onion Powder , Acidity Regulator (Lactic Acid) , Garlic Powder , Cayenne , Turmeric , and suitable for vegetarians. I fried them up some chicken breast and served it with the sauce and some microwave egg fried rice with a couple of naan bread, it provided a nice cheap meal that even the children lapped up. The other jar i purchased i just heated it up according to jar directions and poured it over a nice oven baked jacket pototo and served with a little bit of butter
We are trying to vastly cut down the spending in our household and an easy way to do this is to downgrade the brands we buy in our food shopping. Last week I spotted this Asda curry sauce for only 9p!! I simply had to try it just out of curiosity and of course the fact that I had seen some good reviews Dooyoo.
The sauce comes contained within a see through 440g glass jar and looks browny orange in colour. The label is the recognisable Asda smart price green and white label. It is nearly the same as the one pictured above except my version stated 'Mild Curry' on the label. The decription says 'mild curry sauce with sultanas, coconut and spices with sugar and sweetener'. It also mentions that there are no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats. I think it's a big bonus that this sauce is also vegetarian.
At just over 300 calories for the jar it isn't too bad as it recommends that it will serve 4 portions. The jar also advises that the sauce contains sulphur dioxide and mustard and may contain traces of nuts or seeds for those with allergies.
The jar says that this sauce is ideal for chicken or rice dishes but I wanted to make a vegetarian curry so I added Quorn pieces to the mix. The aroma whilst cooking was lovely, it smelt quite sweet but it was a pleasant smell. I dipped my finger in the jar to taste the sauce on its own and it did taste sweet but it was very nice, you can taste the sultanas and the spices. The sauce is mild but the flavour of the spices does come through unlike some cheap sauces.
We tend to have our curries a little hotter so I added some spices of my own but this only added to the flavour. I'd recommend this for everyone to try whether you will be using it on it's own or using the sauce as a base to add other spices and flavours to. On it's own it may be a bit too sweet for some but I enjoyed this and it will be a regular item on my shopping list from now on.
I don't think you can beat this in terms of value, the price of this sauce regularly changes so stock up when it's at it's cheapest. I have seen reviews where people have spotted this for 4p a jar! There are not many things you can buy for 4p these days.
Try it, you only have 9p to lose!
As we use a lot of curry sauces to pour onto chicken, costing usually around £1.30 for a good brand, I suggested to my girlfriend that we try the smart price equivelant to see how it actually compares. We picked up a 440g jar for the bargain price of 24p.
The packaging consisted of a glass jar, with a white label on it, the label followed the usual smart price code of conduct, it had green asda writing saying curry cooking sauce on the front. On the back of the jar was the cooking instructions and nutritional information.
To cook the sauce, you can either put it in the microwave for 3.5mins, stirring half way through. To make a chicken curry you dice some chicken, brown it in a pan, pour on this sauce and simmer for 10-15minutes. Vegitarians can follow these steps but only using diced vegetables.
We decided to do it on the hob with some chicken. As the sauce was cooking it smelt good, it smelt like a fairly hot curry,the colour wasn't the nicest and it did appear to be fairly runny. After ten minutes on the hob the sauce did start to thicken and was starting to look good.
We served this on a plate with some rice and chips, without knowing it came from a smart price jar, I dont think you would tell the difference visually. This stuff tasted pretty good too, I would compare the taste to something similar you would buy in a chippy, it wasn't too spicey but definitely wasn't bland. Remembering this jar only cost us 24pence I would say it was very good quality and excellent value for money. We ate the whole jar between two of us, but we did have a nan so we soaked a lot up. I would say this is ideal for three people if used with chicken, as a sauce to go with chips then this will easily feed four.
The nutritional value's aren't too bad either, 100grams contains 77 calories and 3.7grams of fat, only 1gram of salt. Considering this is a cheap sauce it doesn't look as though they have filled it with salt and other rubbish to make it taste good.
To summarise, if it is just two of , and you fancy a chicken curry, give this stuff a try, if you are a family of four and you like a lot of sauce i'd recommend you buy two jars. This stuff gets five stars from me!
I have to say that when I first tried this product I was very sceptical, thinking that it would probably either be tasteless or too spicy to eat. However I was very wrong.
This curry sauce is lovely. I don't like very strong spicy food, I like a bit of flavour but only a little bit of heat to it. This is perfect, just spicy enough to deliver a good flavour, but not too hot that it burns your mouth out.
I cook curry's quite a lot, sometimes from scratch and sometimes from a jar. Let's face it, there's not always enough time t o start from scratch. What I tend to do is have my cupboards stocked with some jars of sauce and then if I haven't got time to cook from fresh, I've help if I need it. We prefer the milder curries so this is ideal for us. There is enough sauce in the jar for 4 reasonably sized portions. It's very quick and easy to use as well. Just cook your meat and anything you want to add like onions or vegetables and then add the sauce. I leave mine on the hob or in the slow cooker for about half an hour at least after the meat is cooked and it comes out lovely.
When I last brought this it was only 5p per jar! Sometimes it goes up for a while to 9p which is still really cheap, what can you can get for 9p? My Dad jokes that the jar probably costs more than that to make!
When I saw the price I just tried it out of curiosity and thought it would be terrible but it just tastes like a a curry sauce you might get in a ready meal.
The smart price range at ASDA is a pretty good range. They a wide selection of everyday items in basic packaging. They are usually quite well priced and this has to be one of their star buys. Even if you only used this for dipping sauce with chips you can really go wrong. I buy a lot from the smart price range and find that although the quality does differ from product to product, the items are buy are almost as good if not as good as the more expensive brands.
It's got to be 5 out of 5 stars on my rating for this, if only for the price!
I don't cook curry very often at home mainly because hubby and I have very different tastes. I want to know I'm eating a curry; it's got to be hot. It's all about the challenge; will it make me grab those tissues and glass of water or not. Hubby on the hand prefers something mild and smooth; just a sauce to make it wet.
So over the years I have tried all makes and strengths to no avail; even resorted once to making my own from scratch. Needless to say that didn't work. So I gave up for a while. Then the urge to have a curry resurfaced again and while in Asda I looked at their Smart Price Mild Curry Sauce. It was only 5p...I double checked the label!! What had I got to lose?
I decided it better not to tell hubby what he was getting thinking that the cheapness may influence his view before he'd even eaten it.
The sauce is as pictured with a slight change to the wording, now says 'mild curry sauce'. It comes in a 440g jar that recommends it serves 4. Now depending on how you like your curry, we prefer more sauce, I would say that you would probably struggle to make 4 adult servings.
Cooking instructions are easy, you can either cook for 3-5 mins in the microwave or 10-15 mins on the hob.
I use the hob. The sauce was thick and smooth and an acceptable colour. The aroma was very pleasing as well.
Taste wise it had a really nice curry flavour, but although it says 'mild' I would say this was actually stronger so happily this was to my liking. I'm also happy to report that hubby was happy with it too, both taste and texture got the thumbs up from him. (I told him afterwards what he'd just eaten).
So when the urge for curry arises again this is my sauce of choice. Fanstatic value for money and good quality. How they make this for 5p I don't know but a very cheap glass jar if you collect them if not it's suitable to recycle. Win win.
Nutritional Info per 100g:
Calories - 68
Protein - 0.9g
Carbs - 7.5g
Fat - 3.6g
Fibre - 1.0g
Sodium - 1.1g
Definitely worth a try at that price
The wife decided she was going to make a curry herself instead of putting a ready made one into the Microwave. I didn't realise that she just meant she would buy Rice, Buy some Chicken and a ready made jar of Sauce. So perhaps it isn't strictly home made, but nontheless it was a bit different than the normal way.
We got a jar of this in Asda for a bargain 11p. We were looking at the brand named ones, which were all higher up the shelf and looked a bit nicer, but they were all around the £1.30 mark. Way down on the bottom shelf, tucked away was this one. Since we were able to see the Sauce through the glass jar and although it seemed pretty runny, we thought it was worth a try at that price anyway! The Jar is 440g and makes a decent sized Curry for 2 people.
The jar isn't that nice a look. Just a basic white label on the front with the Smart Price writing in green. Not bothered though, as the jar always goes anyway.
This cooked easy enough. It was quite runny, but it coated the Chicken well enough.
I was surprised at the taste from this. I was expecting something pretty bland but this had a bit of a kick to it. I would say it was more a medium Curry and not too heavy on the Tomato tang, although there was Tomato hints in here. There was a taste of Herbs as well, and I would say it was a bit like a Madras flavouring, but not as hot.
Very surprised at this, and I can see us buying this again.
Asda Smart Price Curry Cooking sauce.
If my hubby and I can't afford to go out to one of the many local Indian restaurants or can't be bothered to go and collect a takeaway we
generally make our own curries from scratch and therefore because we both have high cholesterol we know exactly what goes into it. Well actually if i'm being truthful my hubby is usually the curry and chilli chef. However occasionally lack of time dictates that we need to use a curry sauce for speed and convenience and while out on a shopping trip to Asda we thought we would have a go with their curry sauce from the Smart Price range.
We picked up the glass jar and was astounded by the price of 9p for a 440g jar which I actually thought was a mistake. The jar was of clear glass with a white screw top lid and it had the familiar green and white label on which is the trade mark of the Smart Price range. Underneath the Asda smart price Curry cooking sauce written there is also a little square box stating that it is suitable for vegetarians (without the addition of any meat of course)!. On the reverse of the label is the storage, nutrition and cooking details giving all the information you could need about this sauce.
Upon opening the jar the sauce looks pretty much like any other curry sauce albeit a little on the thin side. It looks a little on the red side as well ....... more like a bolognese sauce really. Anyway we cooked up our onions and peppers as normal and then added our chicken and finally the sauce and we let it cook through.
Now at this stage we would always do our 'taste test' ...... being Brummies we like our curries to be hot, hot, hot!! This is the point that we became a little disappointed, it hardly had any spice or heat at all, and very few flavours, which i suppose you could argue that you would expect nothing less from such a cheap product........but at least we had a sauce to build on, so we added some flavours of our own, to bring the sauce up to at least a reasonable amount of flavour and hotness. We then cooked our rice and sat down to eat with a nice glass of Rioja.
In my opinion for the price of this sauce it can be a very quick and easy base from which to build your curry sauce on. It is certainly not good enough on its own to make a decent curry it is has too much of a tomato flavour and has very little in the way of spices and hotness. It would be ideal as a very mild curry for those who don't like a lot of heat, or the base for a Masala, due to its tomato flavour, and it really is a quick and easy base for when you are in a hurry and if you are happy to add your own spices.
This sauce is Asda's own Smart Price brand and it costs 9p for a 440g jar.
Good value for the money, but be prepared to do your own thing with it!
Great for chicken and rice dishes.