“ Brand: Loyd Grossman / Type: Sauces „
This is my favourite of the Lloyd Grossman curry sauces - and I have tried most if not all of them. The dopiaza is a medium spiced curry and the serving suggestion on the jar is to serve with diced chicken. You fry the chicken and then add the sauce and heat until the meat is cooked through. Being veggie, I use Quorn pieces for mine, but the method is pretty much the same. I usually cook it through for about 10 - 15 minutes to give the frozen Quorn time to heat through. My partner uses chicken for his and it takes about the same length of time. The jar also suggests mixing the Dopiaza sauce with minced lamb and moulding on skewers to make lamb kofte.
The jars are priced at around £1.99 for 350g though they do vary across the main supermarkets and Asda frequently have them on offer for £1 each. The sauce is very easy to use and really great on flavour. The main flavours in this curry are tomato and fried onion and they really come through, with just a taste of garlic and coriander.
We use a jar of this sauce for two adults (though that does make a really good sized portion) and serve with rice, naan breads and poppadums. Half a jar contains 170 calories (97 kcal / 100g) which makes it is a healthier option than some of the cream based sauces.
I love Indian food, but very often, cooking an Indian meal from scratch involve a multitude of herbs and spices I'm not even aware of half the time . So, I like to cheat, and buy myself a jar of ready made sauce.
Sometimes, this has worked out well for me . Other times, it's been a disaster, so where does this particular jar sauce fit in ?
I'm not going to go into raptures about the packaging - white, informative label, clear jar, orange lid, what more do you need. The sauce is what counts right ?
Dopiaza (literally meaning two onions) , is a traditional Indian dish allegedly created when Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar accidentally added too many onions to a dish . The recipe typically involves tomato , ginger and garlic, lots of onions, and a meat, typically lamb, chicken, or beef.
Now, this product is just the sauce, and I purchased this jar from Lidls for a little under a quid . I chose to make my curry with Lamb, it being my preferred meat in many indian dishes . Cooking was as simple as cooking the meat a little first, then adding the sauce, and simmering.
It tasted pretty nice, if a little bland . Now, I'm the kind of girl that likes a little extra spice in most things, so my definition of bland is probably different to yours. Either way, I felt the need to add a little extra spicy mango pickle to this to give it more kick .
I also felt, with Dopiaza being a double onion dish, that the onion chunks in the sauce could have done with being a bit bigger, if for nothing else than adding a little bit of texture . With that said, the balance of spices in the sauce is very nice - coriander, a hint of chilli, cumin, cardamon and clove .
This is a tasty sauce , if perhaps not spicy enough for my liking . It's also super easy to cook , and is best served with rice and a nice spiced naan bread . I have made this twice, with chicken and with lamb, and very much enjoyed it . While I personally felt the need to add extra veg for texture, this sauce is, in itself, a great cupboard shortcut for those who like indian flavours but perhaps don't have the time to cook from scratch .
Great stuff, one star off for a lack of texture .
I'm a huge fan of Indian dishes but find making them myself from scratch a little bit daunting so have found the Loyd Grosman Indian range a real boon to my mealtime repertoire.
The Dopiaza is full of flavour - it is packed with intense onions, sun ripened tomatoes, garlic and coriander. It is classed as a medium flavour sauce so has a little heat about it but is not too hot for more delicate palates. If you're looking for a bit more kick then there is a madras version in the LG range.
I would say this sauce is best made with diced chicken breast or cooked tiger prawns - just stir-fry the meat and perhaps a veg like a red peppper and red onion to give a bit of added texture - serve with some basmati rice, a naan bread and a nice glass of chilled lager. All in all, takes about 10 minutes to cook from start to finish. Perfect curry for me!
The quantity provides enough for serving three people - if you're only using some of the sauce it will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.
Although these jars a little more expensive than their counterparts, most of the big supermarkets have them on offer from time to time, so worth stocking up then and the LG website gives money off coupons if you leave feedback.