“ Brand: Loyd Grossman / Type: Sauces „
This was about as uninteresting as it gets. It just tasted of salt and sugar, with a bit of an aftertaste and some sourness- no tomatoes, no spices, nothing. You could make something tastier in the time it takes to open the jar. It's not that it was mild, mild curries can be lovely. It's that there was no taste at all. It sounded so lovely, too. Big disappointment. Now I've a pot of curry sitting at home, lovely veg and meat in it, and I can't force myself to eat it.
I recently bought a jar of this curry sauce from the Lloyd Grossman range in my local Asda where they had them on special offer for 2 jars for £2. This seems to be a pretty good deal because now that the offer has ended I noticed that they are priced at £2 per jar.
Each jar contains 425g of sauce which I use to serve 2 and I think to be honest that is about the right amount for a portion. You could serve 3 at a push out of this jar, maybe if you watered down the sauce a little. But it serves two just nice.
Half a jar contains 200 calories and 3.1g of saturated fat which equates to 3.5 weight watchers points which is not bad for a curry sauce. This means that if I make it with quorn instead of chicken and have a measured portion of rice I can basically have what feels like a proper curry meal for 7.5 points which is fantastic.
Anyway, this particular sauce is a medium strength curry. I know that I do like a jalfrezi anyway which always tends to have more onions and usually green peppers than other curry types and it definitely has more of a kick to it than a massala or bhuna. If you like your curries mild then this probably isnt for you but to my palate its just right in terms of heat and strength.
The spices are quite distinctive in this sauce and I think it tastes predominantly of cumin and coriander, not as sweet as a massala sauce but very tasty. It does work very well with quorn pieces which soak in the flavour really well, but in the past I have made it with both chicken and mixed vegetables with similar success.
I know that curry sauces can be made from scratch pretty easily but sometimes you just want to be able to make a fairly fresh and healthy meal quickly and that is where these types of products come into their own.
I would definitely buy this sauce again if it was on offer, but I do think that £2 for a jar is a little high given that it really only serves two. In terms of the content, the nutritional value and the taste however it is really a top notch ready made sauce and I cannot fault it for convenience and quality.
This sauce is yummy! Who can be bothered with ten jars of spices to be ground up, toasted, cooked for 12 hours, using umpteen pots just to make a curry sauce that never lives up to expectations. Far easier is opening a jar of Loyd's Jalfrezi sauce!
I usually stir-fry some diced chicken, tiger prawns, onion and green pepper. Add the sauce to the cooked meat and vegetables and heat for a few minutes (without bringing to the boil), add a squeeze of lemon juice to bring out the flavours. Served up with some basmati rice and a naan bread, this really is a tasty meal. If adding meat and vegetables, I would say a jar would easily serve three people.
I would rate this as a mild to medium heat sauce. It has a pleasant, chunky texture and you can differentiate the various pieces of vegetables within it.
I have tried lots of different cooking sauces and I think this range is the best - I also like LG's Dopiaza and frequently use the Tomato & Chilli with pre-filled pasta and the Thai curry range is lovely too if your palate prefers a milder taste. Look out for jars on special offer at your supermarket as the only drawback is these can be a bit pricey but still much cheaper than a takeaway at the end of the day.
It is a strict policy of our household to avoid all products with any connection to Lloyd Grossman. This not only due to his annoying media persona, but also because I once attended a dinner celebrating the role of museums. At the time, LG had been appointed some kind of Museums Tsar, or something ridiculous. Anyway, he should have been a good speaker. But he wasn't - he was rubbish. It was all about ten years ago, but I continue to hold a grudge.
However, due to a mixture of exhaustion, boredom and the fact that they were on offer, I breached the embargo and purchased Loyd (only one 'L' - even the way he spells his own name is annoying) Grossman's Jalfrezi curry sauce. It describes itself as an aromatic sauce comprising a blend of tomatoes, onions, peppers and green chilies. It has an unnecessarily large photo of the man himself on the label.
I don't do cook in sauces and I definately don't do Loyd. But do you know - it was OK. I fried my own onions and peppers in a pan before adding the diced chicken and then the sauce. I'm glad I did, becuase although the sauce is full of the ingrediants it claims to be, they are cut up very small. I think in a Jalfreszi, the onions and the peppers need to be visible. If I'd left it to Loyd, they wouldn't have been.
Its not particularly spicy and is a hundred miles away from what you'd get from the Curry House. But, served with pilau rice, naans, chutney and fresh coriander on the top, it was a tasty meal that my daughter loved ("I actually like these better than yours, mum" - aargh!), and me and husband thought was OK.
These are on offer at the moment at Asda for one pound - normally #1.70p.
My advice is to only buy these when they are on offer, as I wouldn't like to think LG is any profit on these - he certainly doesn't need the money despite like any talent of any description.
I don't know if everyone has the time to sit and grind their own spices whenever they fancy making a curry for tea, but as a busy mum I know I certinly don't! This is where Loyd Grossman's excellent range of curry sauces comes in dead handy!
The sauce comes in a curvy 350g jar, which feeds around four people and is easily identifiable by it's cream and black label with Loyd Grossman's mug leering out at you.
The sauce itself isn't as greasy as some ready made curry sauces and the spices taste fresh. There isn't that awful after taste that some sauces seem to have either. The jalfrezi sauce isn't too hot, so it's ideal if you've got a sensitive palate - you can always add a bit of chilli sauce if you like your curries with a bit of kick to them.
When using this sauce, I usually fry an onion, a couple of tomatoes, a pepper and some chicken, and then add the curry sauce and leave to simmer for about twenty minutes. It's best served with rice, but is also nice on a baked potato. Another way of cooking it is to use cubed lamb instead of the chicken, but if you cook it this way you'll need to put the sauce in a casserole dish in the oven for a couple of hours to let the lamb tenderise.
Loyd Grossman curry sauces are available from all supermarkets (and some corner shops) and are priced around £1.99. They are sometimes on a 2 for £3.00 deal, so that makes them a bit cheaper. The range also includes tikka massala, madras and korma - I've tried them all and they're all really tasty.
I would thoroughly recommend these sauces for anyone who is pressed for time!
Whilst shopping in Asda recently for some small bits I walked past a shelf display that had all the Loyd Grossman sauces on offer for just £1 each - normally when doing the big shop I always pick up a couple of these anyway and normally buy one as a pasta sauce and then also one for a curry. Being only a £1 it would be silly not to buy them now rather than waiting until I came to get the main shopping. I then decided I may as well also try one of the ones we hadn't had before from the range and so bought this Jalfrezi sauce.
This is a premixed Jalfrezi sauce that you can add to cooked meat to make a curry. The jar tells me it is a blend of tomatoes, onions and peppers with added green chillies. There is also a small pepper symbol shown next to the description which states it is 'hot'.
The jar is smaller than a lot of other brands you can buy but, works out to be a perfect size for just myself and my husband once we add the chicken to it. The jar is 350g in size and is very easy to spot on the shelf with a simple cream, orange and black label which also states that the sauce is suitable for vegetarians but, is produced in a factory that handles peanuts, nuts and sesame seeds.
I don't think personally that the smell of this sauce is particularly strong as opposed to some of the other sauces that are in the range - however when you open the jar it does smell nice and is very pleasant. You can smell the peppers and chillies more than anything though.
Using the sauce:
I tend to keep things pretty simple when using a sauce and pretty much just cook some chicken which I then add the sauce to along with some extra peppers as we like our food hot! It is very easy to use and all you need to do is your meat and then pour the sauce into the pan with it and just keep stirring until the sauce is heated fully.
I thought this sauce was actually much better than I'd anticipated it to be! Sounds daft really as I like the others in the range so you'd expect that I'd be expecting this to be good too! However the reason I've never bothered to buy it when full price is that I always prefer a Tikka sauce or Korma and have always overlooked this one thinking that it might not be as good as the ones I always knew wouldn't let me down! However, the sauce is really quite nice with it not being too thick or too watery and the taste is very nice with a mild kick to it. I always add extra peppers to most of my spicy type foods but, before I add them I always taste it to see how hot it already is. After the initial taste I think it would be a great sauce for somebody who doesn't like or can't handle their food too hot but, at the same time it is good for those who do like a nice flavour as extra spice can always be added to make it even hotter!
I like that the sauce tomatoes are not overpowering and that the onions are not chunky pieces. In fact the onions pieces are actually quite small which means that the sauce overall is quite smooth with no big chunky pieces at all.
As you know I paid just £1 for my jar when it was on offer but, normally a jar would retail at around the £1.99 mark so it really is a good offer if you can get it whilst reduced to the £1! When not on offer for a £1 you may find it on the other offer of two jars for a reduced price than the £1.99 per jar.
I was impressed by the sauce as it was full of flavour, it's not too strong yet not too mild and was the perfect size for the two of us to enjoy. When it is on offer it is a real bargain and is still not bad if you can get available on a 2 for so much offer. I think it is worth paying full price for too so that really does tell you how great I think this sauce is! I certainly will be buying it again
A blend of tomatoes, onions, peppers and green chilies.