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I really like spicy and exotic foods. I'm not a plain eater at all and love to cook up a storm as often as possible. I am not so good at making a curry up from scratch though to be perfectly honest with you and prefer to rely on something pre-made, well the sauce anyway!
I very often buy cook in sauces and Homepride, of late I have really come to appreciate for flavour and for quality equally. This one I spotted the other night in my local Asda store and I simply really fancied it so grabbed a pack of chicken and away I went home clutching it!
The see-through glass jar holds 500g of the sauce and has a twist on/off blue lid to the top of it. The label on the front shows me a photograph of a curry and I am told that it is Homepride 'Curry', Mildly Spiced and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information on the back of the jar includes ingredients and allergy advice being listed, there is a full nutritional chart given as well as being given directions of how to use the sauce, the size is stated (as I've listed already), we are told that it is suitable for Vegetarians and contact details for The Premier Foods Group Ltd are given (the manufacturer of the product). Nice, informative jar this is and easy to tip the contents out of it etc.
The Sauce Itself:
The sauce is meant to serve 4 people and whilst I think it does I think it actually serves 3 people more generous and hearty portions. To use this sauce you simply fry off your ingredients first (doesn't have to be chicken of course it can be whatever you want including Quorn) and then when those are browned off tip the light yellowy brown sauce onto the lot and let it boil and then bring to simmer for at least 15 minutes (I leave mine more like half an hour).
The sauce is rather runny at first glance with a slightly spicy and naturally sweet smell to it. The sauce does thicken through cooking quite a bit and clings to food so you don't end up with a really wet curry but it is moist.
This does make a mild and creamy yet tasty, tangy curry. You can taste cream within it giving it that creamy taste blended with a hint of coconut, a zest of lemon and a slight taste of onions and garlic to it. You can see flecks of dried green coriander within it and it is nicely seasoned and slightly sweet though really not too much so and is a smooth sauce.
If you like a creamy sauce with a slight kick given from lemon juice and onions this really is a great cooking sauce and both me and my bestmate/flatmate loved this one. I used only chicken the first time I used this (yes I have used it since) and the second time I used it I put in some chicken and mushrooms and if you like mushrooms this tastes even more yummy with those! A delicious, easy to use curry sauce and I can't stop raving about it!
Nutritional Information Per 1/4 jar:
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.42 a jar though in Asda (at the time of writing this review this is on offer at 71p a jar!).