Product Type: Knorr Sauces / Soups
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Curry In A Hurry!
Knorr Sizzle 'n Stir Curry
Member Name: malibu_jenny
Knorr Sizzle 'n Stir Curry
Advantages: Tastes Good & Reasonably Priced
Disadvantages: Strangely Grainy, Not Quite Enough Sauce
At least once a week my boyfriend starts to whine "let's have a curry...I want a curry...We haven't had OUR curry in ages.." Yes, a whole 6 days since we had a curry. Using the word 'our' will not give it the traditional sharing, caring, important aspect of Christmas or Easter - curry night is not a festival that requires me to observe it. I like curry, don't get me wrong, but just lately it seems a hassle.
The boyfriend is particular about curry. It has to be from the curry house on the Henley Road because they use 'proper chicken'; we have to think about it carefully, discuss it, find a menu before ordering; it has to come with several side orders - 1 aloo saag, meat samosa; onion bhaji, naan bread; we must tip the delivery man, or he will hate us and spit in our next order.
My issue with this is not my beloved boyfiend. It might seem this way, but I find his little habits endearing (and he damn well better feel the same way!!). I understand regarding the chicken, but I am vegetarian. I know what I fancy, be it biryani, jalfrezi or rogan josh within minutes. The side orders send the price sky high and it would surely be about £30 if we went and ate it at a restaurant, why am I paying that to eat from a tray? I don't like the delivery man. Asif, if you're reading this then I'm sorry, but if you turned your car stereo off and said hello - then I'd tip you.
Tonight I sneakily fancied curry. Of the homemade variety. I wanted a curry that wouldn't be greasily swimming in orange oil, wouldn't be hit-and-miss oversalted, wouldn't necessitate a second mortgage. Lo and behold I found a jar of Sizzle 'n Stir Tikka Masala in the cupboard. Using Quorn chicken pieces and some bin-dodging veg, I sizzled 'n stirred my way to a really nice curry in under half an hour.
Knorr have an impressive range going. The Knorr brand now includes Chicken Tonight, Beef Tonight, Ragu, Sizzle n Stir, Stir it Up and Touch of Taste products. They are owned by the larger Unilever company now, but have been going since 1873. I haven't really tried these products since my student days and I was surprised by the slightly synthestic taste of the Sizzle 'n Stir. It was a bit grainy.
The Sizzle 'n Stir comes in two pots, joined together by a plastic wrapper. This is a little annoying as you tear through the two step instructions by removing the label. Luckily these aren't complicated! The small pot of paste (which you can excavate only with a teaspoon!) is heated until it sizzles, at which point you add the chicken - this turned the Quorn a lurid shade of red. Neon curry still looks appetising though. I part cooked the veg and then stuck it into the frying pan and added the second jar. Because quorn has a tendency to absorb a lot more liquid than meat, the sauce probably wasn't as runny as it should be.
However, the overall effect was very nice. I am keen not to give my Dad salty or fatty food. The Sizzle 'n Stir turns out to contain 16.6g fat and 0.68 sodium. I'm not sure if these values are after cooking with chicken or just the sauce on its own, the packet doesn't offer much direction on this. For all customer service enquiries and information on Knorr products you can call free on 0800 7311411, I'd suggest doing this after my delightful Betty Crocker experience. There are people paid to satisfy your curiosity on a whole renge of ready made food products.
I served this curry up with Uncle Ben's microwave Pilau Rice and some buttered bread. This was an indisputable hit and Dad and I thoroughly enjoyed it. That's two plates and a saucepan's worth of evidence to wash up before the boyfriend bounds through the door. I've even had time to write this review. It may not be 100% authentic, but it fully delivers on convenience.
I got this on special offer, 2 for £1.50 a while back. Knorr seem to have struck a delicate balance. Compared to other curry sauces I've tried, Sizzle 'n Stir is not overloaded with mouth burning chili peppers, not sickly sweet. It's just hot enough to be curry and still retain its taste. Sharwoods are second best and then I kind of like the flavours best when mixed together.
You can spot it in the supermarket by its pretty green and turquoise packaging, the glass jars have gone in the dishwasher for re-use. I'm going to use the small one for night lights to put on the patio in summer, the larger one for flowers.
If anyone has any curry jokes that are not related to song titles, I'd love to hear them!
Summary: More convenient than a takeaway.
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