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I picked this up as it was on offer and the jar sat in the cupboard for a while until, lazily, we decided to use it. For some reason I acquainted the strangely accented fellow with quality but that myth has now been expounded! Some great, juicy chicken bored senseless by the blandest yellow sauce you could possibly imagine. No creamy coconut, just a watery abyss and a dedication to never go near this outrage of a range again! Why does he look so smug on the label? His stuff is utterly dire! Perhaps it's because he just made a pound from me and ruined my chicken. I'd rather eat my own hair than this cack again. As a footnote, I added some stir-fried chillies to the "curry" to spice it up but my attempts to add flavour were in vain...the blandness of the sauce even managed to suffocate chilli! The verdict then? I think you can guess...save up the pound you would have spent on this nonsense for 2 months and treat yourself to a proper korma!
I bought this curry sauce as it was on special offer in Sainsburys. Up to now, I have tried many different brands of curry sauce, from Uncle Ben's, Pataks to supermarket own brand. I was slightly sceptical about trying this korma sauce. To my surprise it was quite nice. I would not say it was as nice as the Pataks korma sauce, but this one isn't far behind. For me the winning factor on a curry sauce is the consistency of the sauce and the flavour. The consistency of the sauce was very good. I like a good sauce that is thick and creamy. From past experiences I find that supermarket versions of curry sauces are quite thin and look more like soup. But with this sauce it covers the meat well and the sauce when served does not go straight to the bottom of the bowl. Probably the most important factor in any type of sauce is the flavour. I found the flavour of the sauce very good. For starters it tasted creamy which always gets a thumbs up from me. Unlike Patak's there wasn't so much coconut flavour in the sauce, which I didn't like. But I could taste the almonds in there which got my approval. Overall I would give this sauce 4 out of 5 stars just down to value for money, sauce consistency and the attempt at flavouring. I thought it is good value on special offer and would suit someone who is not to fussy about curry sauce. But for someone who like to taste the various ingredients in the sauce, this is not for you. It need more flavouring in the sauce to be up there with Patak's in my opinion.
When it comes to making a curry of some sort up I do it more than once a week as both me and my flatmate love a good curry and my fussy boyfriend has now caught the curry bug from us too... though we have found that he only likes a limited number of flavoured curries. The other night we all fancied one and he nipped out to Asda to get me some ingredients that I needed and chose this korma sauce on offer at a pound a jar instead of closer to £1.70ish a jar and felt that he was getting a bargain from a brand that he is aware of and I was pleased to see this turn up as I do usually love Loyd Grossman sauces. The Jar: Well the glass jar holds 350g of the sauce and has a twist on/off orange coloured lid to the top of it. On the front of the jar there is a black and white photograph of Loyd Grossman himself on there and we are told that it is Loyd Grossman, Korma, 'I love the combination of double cream, coconut and almonds in this mild curry sauce'. Other information listed on the jar includes the ingredients used and allergy advice is given (this is suitable for Vegetarians by the way), we are told how to use the sauce, there is a full nutritional chart shown the size is stated (as I have listed already) and contact details for Premier Food Group are given (the manufacturer of the product). Nice enough jar, easy to open and close and informative as it needs to be too. The Sauce Itself: The sauce itself is stiffish set till you get some out of the jar and has a sweet aroma to it and is rather gloopy and bright yellow in colour. All you do to use this sauce is to stir it into some fried off chicken (well thats what we are told on the jar but of course you can use whatever you want to including Quorn if desired) and let it heat through for a few minutes. The sauce is easy to scoop out of the jar, like I say is rather thick and does melt slightly, however I used only 300g chicken (as advised on the jar) and found that although it coated and clinged on to the meat well I wasn't left with a very runny curry at all just a bright yellow one that when I dropped some onto my worktop and didn't notice till later it stained it rather badly! Taste wise this was simply alright really. If you are used to thick, sweet and creamy kormas say from a restaurant though....well you could be disappointed with this. Its a bit creamy with double cream in it though not so much so really, you can taste onions but not detect them within the sauce along with a hint of garlic flavouring but for me this isn't sweet, coconutty or buttery enough and too gingery and bland in other ways and the almond taste is undetectable completely. Yep I was disappointed with this cos like I say if you've eaten korma before this doesn't taste like it at all sadly. The quality can't be quibbled with to be fair to it and its looks nice though I'm just not keen on the flavours sadly and for me this is the worst Loyd Grossman offering on the sauce front I have tried so far! Nutritional Information Per 100g (The important Bits): Energy: 145Kcal Fat: 9.6g of which saturates: 3.4g Available in all good supermarkets etc
I do like the odd Curry. Not that much a fan of really hot spicy Curries, but normally I don't eat Korma as I always found there wasn't much flavour to it, and it just tasted a bit creamy and bland. However I tried this Sauce when it was on offer for £1 and have to say it made a nice meal. Found up the Sauces aisle in the Supermarkets and no doubt other shops. I think the normal price for this is around the £1.70 mark for the 425g jar. The jar looks alright. It is a see through glass jar and you can see the orang-y liquid through the bottle. The bottle is quite dumpy in shape and seems a bit squashed up, but it also looks kinda sleek, which to read back that statement it doesn't make that much sense! The opening to the jar is pretty wide at the top and the screw on lid is alright. Although the label does the job of telling you the information you need to know, it isn't exactly eye catching. Wrapped around the middle of the jar it has a little pic of Lloyd on the front and it looks like a Chef's cooking Sauce in a way. The Sauce seemed pretty runny when I poured it out of the jar and I was worried that this wouldn't stick to my Chicken Chunks, but it stuck ok and although the Chicken has an adequate coating, it also run down to the Rice alright and I was able to mix it up well so I got a bit of everything when I was eating - Sauce, Chicken and Rice. This tasted like any other Korma. There seemed to be a tiny hint of some spices, mixed in with Cream, Herbs, slight Ginger hint and a little bit of perpp-y taste. I wouldn't say this is too sickly, but it is quite sickening due to the heavier taste from the Cream in this. This was nice as a lighter taste of Curry, and when I say lighter I mean not a hot and spicy one. I would buy this again, but only now and again as it isn't my favourite Curry taste.
Somewhere along the line in the last few years, I've beome a really curry wuss. I'm not sure how it happened as a few years ago, me and my husband loved going to indian restaurants, picking something really potent and then laughing at each other as our eyeballs bulged as we consumed our spicey delights. I came to enjoy these heated dishes less and less however and became more focused on finding flavours that I really enjoyed. It has got to the point now when I actually opt for really mild curries, they seem to just suit me better but even now I am a curry wuss I have always avoided the korma, it had always seemed just a step too far. I use the Lloyd Grossman sauces all the time at home, I never been let down in terms of flavour and love the fact that they don't contain any junk or ingredients that I don't recognise. They are a great thing to have in the cupboard and I frequently rely on them to make a meal for the whole family. I had been using the curry sauces for myself and my husband but wasnted to introduce the flavour to my two young girls, it seemed that the obvious choice for their tender tastebuds was the Korma variety. I really wasn't expecting to really enjoy this dish all that much but I picket up a jar of the Lloyd Grossman Korma sauce from Tesco's, a 425g jar cost £2.09. I wasn't sure that this size jar would actually feed the four of us but I thought I'd give it a go. I guess this price is quite expensive compared to other brands but I do think that this brand generally stands head and shoulders above other brands of jarred sauces so I am prepared to pay the extra. So that evening I decided to wip up a vegetable korma and see how the the little ones enjoyed it. Well they loved it and do you know what, I loved it too. It tasted amazing, the flavours really came through the creamy sauce and it didn't taste at all sickly as I had imagined. The flavour was almond, cream and coconut but there were also real hints of spices and I could really get the hint of ginger. This sauce was a real find for me and I haved to say it has now beocme my favourite of the curry sauces. It's just quite getle yet also really tasty and it is also much lighter than you would expect. Would definately recommend to those lovers of the milder curry like me.