“ Brand: Colman's / Type: Sauces „
I do enjoy whipping myself up a curry however I'm really not a cook and so I tend to buy a ready meal usually or at best a jar of cooking sauce. When I spotted this in my local Tesco store (available in all good supermarkets etc) priced at a mere 44p for a packet I simply had to give it a whirl.
Blue plastic oblong shaped packet with a photograph of a curry on the front of it and also on the front I'm told it's Coleman's 'Of Norwich' Curry Sauce Mix and and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on the bottom. Other information on the back of the packet includes how to make the sauce up, there is a recipe suggestion on there, I'm told it makes 4 servings (1/2 pint sauce), ingredients and allergy advice is given, I'm told it contains no artificial colours, msg or preservatives and contact details for Unilever are given (the manufacturer of the product). It's an easy to open, easy to follow packet and it's certainly informative enough.
You can either make this sauce up in a saucepan by mixing the contents with half a pint of water, bring it to the boil and let it simmer for a couple of minutes or you can fry off some ingredients, drain that and then add the mix to it (with water still) and allow it all to simmer for as long as you wish, till it all thickens up a bit.
The sauce when you first meet it is a light brown, curry powder looking mix. Mixed with water it looks like brown water really, again with a curry aroma to it. If you make it up as directed, on it's own it makes a rather thin curry sauce which is mild and sweet in taste. Believe me this is a really , really mild curry sauce infused with spices such as turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger, paprika, nutmeg, chilli, allspice, fennel, cassia, cardamon and fenugreek. It's not one bit spicy though and along with the wateryness of this it doesn't pack a lot of flavour really.
It works well as a dipping sauce though if your into mild, sweet curries and I have used it that way and as a curry sauce mix. I've fried off whatever meat I wanted to with some peppers, onions and mushrooms and then added this along with half a pint of water blended with it. I've left it all to simmer for about half an hour before eating it and once cooked through it does thicken over ingredients somewhat and the longer you allow it to simmer the thicker it gets. However as a dipping sauce it is sweet though but this does balance out some more along with ingredients and of course you can use this to make a Vegetarian curry if desired as I'm sure this is a Vegetarian suitable although it doesn't state that on the packet.
For me it is too sweet but it's an economical option! I won't buy it again but for all you mild curry fans it wouldn't hurt you to try this!
Nutritional Information Per 80ml Prepared: