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Anyone who has read any of my reviews hopefully realises that Im definitely not a Brand snob and Im quite prepared to try any product, however if it doesn't meet my needs or taste buds, I revert back. Heinz soups is definitely on my Brand only list at the moment.
Heinz has definitely been around all my lifetime but I was still surprised to learn it was founded in 1869 by Henry John Heinz. Primarily making ketchup, but also the leading seller of baked beans, its the 57 varieties slogan that has been the feature throughout my childhood. Heinz markets its products in 200 countries but originally came from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
Mulligatawny is a curry flavoured soup of anglo-indian origin, it translates as pepper water. My Heinz version is described as "classic, spicy soup made from a combination of beef, rice and curry spices, with a hint of mango chutney". I love the hot spicy taste and unlike other soups I rarely have bread with it as find it very filling and tasty.
There are 110 calories for half a tin of this soup, but I tend to eat the whole tin (400g) making 220 calories. It also states that half a tin is one of your five a day.
Gently warm on the hob (but don't bring to the boil) alternatively place in microwaveable dish and zap on full power for 2 mins, stir, then a further 1 min.
The tin has a vibrant red label, with Heinz in golden lettering and then a picture of a bowl of soup.
I always buy my soup when its on offer 4 for £3 in Asda, which is quite frequently. I find that some stores sell heinz soup cheaper but its rare to find mulligatawny in a none supermarket.
DooYoo Stars is a 4. Im holding back a star as I feel its slightly more expensive than it needs to be.
I discovered Mulligatawny soup in an old recipe book of my Mum's and was blown away by the flavours of this wonderful soup. This review is based on the Heinz version of the soup, available for approx £1.10 for 400g.
Like all Heinz soups you have the familiar red label with product picture on the front looking rather tempting. The label has all the details on the ingredients and nutritional information.
My first thought when I emptied the soup into a saucepan ready for heating was that it looked rather thin. I am used to Mulligatawny being quite dense with the rice and meat adding real volume and texture. The colour was a pleasant reddish brown and there was evidence of the rice.
In my mind Mulligatawny soup tastes like a pleasant mild/medium curry. My first taste of the Heinz version was quite positive. It certainly had some curry flavour and was warming to eat. As I continued through the entire 400g I realised that it wasn't actually as nice as I had thought. The curry flavour began to taste more like curry powder mixed in water and there were not the complex spice flavours that my home made version delivers. The rice was nice but I felt it lacked in quantity. Some of the meaty bits were chewy and not particularly pleasant.
Well, if you are a big fan of curry flavours give this a go. If you have tried mulligatawny soup before I'm afraid this is likely to be a let down.
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Mulligatawny soup is such an interesting and delicious tasting soup but it is not universally heard of or enjoyed. I however enjoy eating it and relish the spice of the soup.
The soup is in effect a curry in a soup! That would be how I'd describe it to someone! The soup is in a tin can with a ring pull lid which makes it easier to open. As soon as you open the tin the extremely strong smell of spices/curry hits you and almost makes your mouth water the smell is so strong. As you pour the soup out into the saucepan you can see the soup and its contents more clearly. It is a bright brown colour (I would say a cross between tomato soup and oxtail soup) and is medium in consistency. In the soup there are grains of rice which can sometimes be fairly mushy when heated up but still retain a nice texture. You will also see small flecks of beef, not big chunks, just small pieces. There are also a lot of spices mixed in and if you peer closely at the soup you can see a lot of different types of spices - they just look like tiny dots within the soup.
The taste of the soup is very strong, it is very hot on a spice level and can sometimes be a little too overpowering. I like spicy foods but this can sometimes take you to a point where you feel you can't have any more. If I have a cold drink by the side of me I am ok. As soon as I have a mouthful of water I'm fine to eat more soup. It is a hot warming soup though and definitely not for people who don't like curry or hot foods.
This Heinz variety costs 85p in Tescos and is a similar cost in other supermarkets. In a 400g can there are 220 calories and 7.2g of fat which is not bad at all for people who are watching their weight.
I always remember Blanche from Coronation Street used to tell Deidre she liked Mulligatawny soup and I can still hear the way she said it as well!
It was only a couple of years ago that I actually bothered to find out what mulligatawny soup actually was. For some reason I'd always thought it sounded Scottish and would be a broth of some sort. I suppose I could not have been much further from what it actually is with it basically being a curry soup of East Indian origin.
Packaging / labelling
The Heinz version of this soup comes in the standard 400g tin adorned with the classic Heinz labelling and a ring pull lid which opens with fairly limited effort. The front of the label shows a bowl of the steaming soup which, according to the image, looks light brown in colour and contains what looks like quite a lot of rice. The front of the label also highlights that the soup is low fat and contains 105 calories per serving (deemed to be half of the tin). As well as the usual nutritional information, ingredients, cooking instructions and dietary information, the rear of the label gives a description of the soup calling it a "spicy soup made from an exciting combination of beef, rice and curry spices, with a hint of mango chutney" it also suggests adding an authentic touch by eating with a warm naan bread.
Ingredients / Nutritional information
As well as those listed in the above description, this soup is comprised mainly of water and concentrated tomato puree with other ingredients of note being tomatoes and apples (if I had not just read this I would never have guessed!).
Most soups generally are quite healthy and this follows that pattern with the vital statistics being, per whole tin as to me that is a portion, 210 calories, 8g protein, 28.2g carbohydrates of which 13.4g sugars, 7.2g fat of which 1g saturates, 2.4g fibre and 1g sodium with the salt equivalent being 2.6g salt. The salt level here is accounting for almost half of the 6g which is the guideline daily amount for an average adult but, as with most food, as long as you have a balanced diet this soup can form a healthy part of it.
The soup itself
On opening the tin you are greeted with a strong and exotic smell that is fitting of the soup. It smells spicy and if you are a fan of curries then I think you would be quite enticed! The appearance is less appealing! Whilst sat in the tin and after being poured into a bowl the soup reminded me of a very weak and runny chip shop curry sauce. There certainly was no fluffy rice floating in the top as the image on the label had suggested. I knew the rice was in there as I had seen it when I poured the soup but it would seem it had now all sunk to the bottom!
After being heated (as is standard with most soups this can be done in approximately three minutes in a microwave and slightly longer on a hob if heated gently) the aroma from the soup was even better and stronger and there was now also a sweetness to it. A colleague who entered the kitchen just as I removed it from the microwave said how nice it smelled and came over to examine. To be honest I don't think he was too impresses as just like it was when it was cold, the soup did not have much visual appeal. What I also noticed now was that there was what looked like an oily sheen on the surface of the soup. What points were being gained by the smell were quickly being dropped by the appearance! So it came down to the taste to sway the verdict one way or the other.
Thankfully I like the taste of this soup! There is a spicy heat to it that makes my cheeks glow and this is offset by the sweetness of the mango chutney and I suppose the apple (although I don't know which parts of the soup were the apple). The soup does contain solids with the rice and other ingredients however this aspect is quite disappointing. I would not expect the rice to have any notable flavour to it having been sat in the soup but it also has almost no texture and is very mushy when eaten. This also applies to the other solid ingredients however with these you experience an element of sweetness that compensates to some extent. Despite the texture and the appearance, the taste and the aroma make this an enjoyable soup and one I recommend.
The big stores often have offers around Heinz soup and so prices will often vary. I purchased this one from Asda in a five for £2 deal and so at 40p think this is excellent value for money. The standard price will generally be around 70p-80p which even at this price I think is excellent value for money.
As far as soups go, I was happy with the basic explanation of what soup you can find in the tin from the title. For example- Tomato soup = tomato flavour; pea & ham soup = pea & ham flavour; chicken soup = chicken flavour and so on. I recently got a little stuck in the supermarket when I stumbled across the section of the soup shelf which confused me a little. I found a can of "mulligatawny" soup on the shelf and my first impression from the title alone, I figured it was possibly Welsh (I have no idea why) in the same way "Scotch Broth" is going to be a thick broth of Scottish descent vegetables ( I have Aspergers, bear with me- this is how I process information!).
Anyway, I mentioned Mulligatawny to my husband who found me staring at the soup aisle shelves a little confused and he said "Oh yeah, its fabulous, buy some" so we brought the tin home to see if I was correct in thinking it would taste "Welsh" (??). I have no idea what I was expecting or why I thought this- the name just sounded Welsh to me (I apologise to any Welsh readers who may be in any way offended by this, its just what I was thinking when I saw the soup and was trying to work out what it was). I was a little bemused by the soup as if I had found some new invention and quite excited to get it home to try for my tea.
*What is Mulligatawny?*
From reading the description on the can and not just going on my over eager imagination, Mulligatawny soup is "a classic soup made from an exciting combination of beef and curry spices with a hint of mango chutney" -- it goes on "best served with a naan bread". Bang went my Welsh theory ( I was thinking Welsh rarebit...).
The can, is a 400g red classic Heinz labelled can with a great ring pull lid so you don't have to faff around with a can opener. The ring pull is sturdy so should not come off in your hand (as can ring pull tops can sometimes do). One can will cost between 80p and £1 depending upon the supermarket. Often Heinz soups are on offer for 4 for £3 etc so if you like Heinz soups, it is worth checking for deals and stocking up.
*Opening the Can*
Upon opening the can, you get a browny red liquid with a solid ball of ingredients all clumped together. You need to stir this all up to break down the settled ingredients before you heat it or you could end up with liquid and a ball of the beef and rice - as happened to my husband recently- he didn't realise the ingredients could settle into a solid ball and was really put off when he eat the soup only to find a mass of beef and rice all stuck together! He assumed he had got a "bad tin" and was going to throw it out until I reasoned with him that the ingredients may have just all clumped together in transit.
*Heating the Soup*
You can heat this soup as with any tinned soup- either by pouring the contents of the can into a saucepan and heating it on the hob (even the can does not give a heating time)- so just heat and stir until you think it is ready to eat. Or you can microwave this in a bowl on full power for 2 minutes then let stand for a minute and heat for a further 1 minute. We went for the saucepan option.
Mulligatawny soup was for me a pleasant surprise. I don't know what I was expecting from the name of the soup- something akin to cheese on toast (Welsh rarebit) I assume with leeks (again- apologies- these are the only Welsh foods I could think of). Instead I found a quite spicy beef soup with little bits of rice and little bits of beef in it, with an overall curry taste and hints of mango chutney was a pleasant surprise.
I would definitely eat this again (although I am still not happy with the name as in my mind it should be called "Beef & Curry soup with rice", but that's just me...!) , I trust Heinz to make quality soups and would buy Heinz tinned soups over supermarket own varieties in the first instance purely because of their reputation- though I may for the purposes of dooyoo and to save some money, now branch out to try the other supermarket soups now I've discovered the name on the tin is not always the exact descrition of what is inside and not to be put off by a weird sounding name!
Nutritionally, the people at Heinz seem to consider HALF a can as a "portion" so the nutritional figures given are for 100g (quarter of a can) and half a can. Half of a can will give you 105 calories and 3.6g of fat, but 1.3g of salt. So if you have the whole can (half a can suited me, my husband would have the whole can with bread too) you are still only looking at 210 calories and 7.2g of fat- but a whole can will give you 2.6g of salt which is a third of your daily allowance of salt so if you have to keepa low salt diet, I would be wary of eating these regularly. For me half a can was filling enough for a lunch or even a light tea/ dinner.
I am glad I decided to try this soup and I'm now wondering what other "non standard" named soups there are out there to try!
Heinz is a big tinned food production company, in fact you could make a conspiracy theory's about them, that are that big. They are easily available pretty much every ware, they have taken their places in any shelves on every supermarket you can think off in UK, I dread to think what is outside UK when it comes to Heinz, I will probably find out they have takes over other countries too.
My husband came home with a ready made tinned soup called Mulligatawny. Half of tin has 104 calories and will make a great lunch to share with your partner especially if you are trying to loose weight. Or just eat the entire tin yourself for lunch as is only 208 calories and you will be full, that is if you can put up with the taste.
How does it taste?
By the complicated name Mulligatawny this sounds Italian to me however it tastes rather Indian. I can't understand why they fancy names to food to make it more attractive when is not, they put in a bad light the real food if you ask me.
But anyway it taste like tomato paste rather then real tomato. It has here and there some rice, they might of just as well not bothered because is too little to make a difference. It is really sour and peppery.
Good points: I survived and ate it all, was not that bad! I won't repurchasing again though, now I know what to avoid.
Please Heinz go away, I don't like any of you foods that much and you set a low standard for the rest.