“ Brand: Loyd Grossman / Type: Sauces „
For the last couple of years, Tuesday nights have been 'curry night' in our house and I can honestly say we have never used anything but Lloyd Grossman sauces. We tend to pick them up in bulk when they are reduced to £1 in Asda or at 99p in Lidl. The prices vary across the supermarkets, so while the full price is £2, we never pay this.
The fact that we have never used any other curry sauces means that I am unable to say how this compares with other brands, but it also reflects the fact that we think they are brilliant and wouldn't consider switching to any other make.
I cook my curry with Quorn pieces which involves nothing more than placing a handful of Quorn pieces in a pan, adding half a jar of the sauce, and warming through for about 15 minutes.
I generally like my curries fairly spicy, so initially wasn't too bothered about trying this one which is a mild sauce containing fresh cream. I usually go for sauces like the Dopiaza and Rogan Josh, but was persuaded to try the Tikka Masala by my partner and was really genuinely pleasantly surprised. The sauce has a gorgeous creamy tomato flavour with mild spices and a hint of honey which gives it a slight sweetness. This is a great curry for people who maybe don't like their food too spicy, or as an intro to curry for children.
We serve our curry with boil in the bag rice from Aldi (way cheaper than Uncle Bens) and naans and poppadums from Asda (again these are really good value).
When it comes to making curries, from scratch its just something I'm not all that good at really so I cheat as much as possible. With a new man on the horizon who is a chef, I may not need to be so worried in that department for much longer mind you fingers crossed lol.
In the meantime I cheat when it comes to making up a curry as much as I possibly can with a sauce already pre made up for me and Loyd Grossman sauces have long been a favourite of mine.
Not having tried the tikka Masala sauce from hi range before and seeing this on offer at a pound a jar in my local Asda store opposed to almost £2.00 a jar (in all good supermarkets) I decided to buy this and give it a go!
The sauce comes in a see-through glass jar with a twist on/off lid to the top of it and on the front of it there is a photograph of Loyd Grossman on there and we are old that it is indeed a Loyd Grossman product and that it is a Tikka Masala sauce 'I like the rich fusion of fresh cream, natural yogurt, juicy tomatoes and honey in this mild curry sauce'. Other information listed towards the back of the jar includes ingredients, cooking instructions, a full nutritional chart is listed, as is the weight of the sauce which is 350g (and the only size I have seen this available to purchase in by the way) and contact detail for Premier Foods (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Nice looking and informative jar this is.
The Sauce Itself:
Well according to the information given on how to use this sauce which is listed on the jar we are told to fry off 300g of chicken and then stir in this sauce until cooked through however although that is a recommendation you can of course use this sauce with whatever ingredients you want to and it is a Vegetarian sauce so Quorn, vegetables other meat or fish is fine. Personally I always use a masala sauce with chicken as its my personal preference!
The sauce is runny(ish), an orange colour with visible dark green flecks of herbs running through it in abundance and it looks like a decent quality sauce and smells rich too.
With a tomatoey taste in the main which tastes like naturally sweet sieved tomatoes blended with some slithers of fried onions, honey, yogurt and cream this is an interesting textured sauce which clings to ingredients your using really well. I can really taste the smooth, creaminess of the cream within it, the slightly sour taste of yogurt with a hint of coriander, garlic and nutmeg (as well as a few other things of course!).
Its a totally yummy sauce, interesting in all the rich flavours, not one bit greasy or unnatural tasting, nicely seasoned and beautifully and naturally sweet. Easy to use this sauce is too and all the flavours mingle well together and its a mild sauce this one with no real kick to it although there is a small amount of chilli within it. Rice, creamy, tangy and mild this gets a huge thumbs up from me on every level possible!
Nutritional Information Per 100g (The Important Bits!):
Energy: 133 Kcal
of which saturates: 3.1g
Available in all decent supermarkets and the likes.
I'm a massive fan of Lloyd Grossman sauces. I discovered the pasta ones a few years ago and since then they have been the only ones I will buy. I love the different combinations of flavours and how they taste really light and authentic. I tried his curry sauces fairly recently and am currently working my way through the range. I am not terribly adventurous when it comes to curries, since having children my tastebuds seem to have changed and I no longer enjoy those hot spicy dishes, instead I prefer something that is quite mild but with plenty of flavour.
I first tried his korma sauce and absolutely loved it, so next one on the list for me was his Tikka Masala. Now I do relly enjoy this type of sauce but I have found that some of the jarred varieties have a far too creamy taste and not much flavour comes through. I was therefore excited to see how the Lloyd Grossman one compared to some of the others I have tried.
Now these sauces are more expensive than other brands, in my local Tescos a 425g jar costs £2.09. This does seem like a significant price hike compared to some of the alternatives but I have generally found that these sauces are worth paying the extra for.
The first time I used this sauce I made a veggie Tikka Masala for all the family and I was suprised that this size jar served the whole family...at a push mind. I have to say it went down an absolute treat, both my girls really enjoyed it and there were clean plates all round. I loved the flavours and the tomato was actually quite punchy which I really enjoyed. There was a slight kick to this sauce but it was certainly mild enough for my delicate palate. The other thing I like about these sauces is they are not full off rubbish or whacky ingredients. I am happy to serve them up for the whole family.
To sum up I think this is a great sauce and the next best thing to an authentic indian restaurant.
We have recently discovered this cookin sauce and now we like it more than going to the Indian. I have been using his pasta sauces for ages and just happened to see this in Sainsburys and tried it. It is lovely and spicy, but not overly hot. I generally make my own curry pastes, but when I don't have time and we want a quick curry I always use this now. I have tried it with both pre cooked meet and raw meat cooked in the sauce and have to say that it works best with pre cooked meat.
What I do is buy a sunday joint such as beef or lamb or even a chicken and have a sunday dinner with the meat. I then chop the left overs into chunks and marinade in the sauce overnight. Then I add a chopped half of butternut squash and mushrooms and then cook for about an hour on 150 degrees centigrate in a tight lidded pot. I then server with plain rice and it is delicious. Lamb makes the best curry with beef next and chicken last. I think that the chicken tends to go stringy and dries the sauce out if you are not careful.
I think the whole range of products that LLoyd Grossman offers is good, with this being my favourite. Also like to have his garlic and corriander naan with this curry.
I like a curry and often go for tikka masalas. In the current credit crunch, we are having less take aways and so I have tried quite a few different curry sauces in jars. This offering from Loyd Grossman is full of flavour and delicious. The sauce looks lovely through the glass jar. It is a rich orange and has lots of tiny little pieces in it, which I think is reassuring that there are real ingredients in there somewhere!
I added the sauce to chicken, mushrooms, peppers and brocolli, which meant there was quite a lot of food for just two people! The sauce in the jar was enough for all these ingredients but I like to have plenty of vegetables and not too much sauce with my curries. I think there would be plenty of sauce if you added less veg and still served it for two people.
Some of the flavours that really stand out are the Coriander, the Cumin and obviously the tomatoes, which form the base of the sauce. I am a huge fan of coriander and I think that maybe that is the main reason I like this and think it is the best Tikka Masala in a jar that I have ever tasted. It is not as good as a take away but I wouldn't expect it to be.
This is a pretty spicy tikka masalas but delicious and full of flavour. A favourite of mine!
A couple of months ago Somerfield were having a sale on various sauces, this Loyd Grossman Tikka Masala sauce was in a buy 2 for £3 deal so we bought one along with a pasta sauce. I'm not great with curry, as hot as I like to get is Tikka Masala so it's often hit and miss with me whether the sauces will be too hot. My partner on the other hand likes a good hot curry so if we buy sauces that are too hot for me he usually loves them.
I've tried Loyd Grossman's pasta sauces and found them really tasty so I expected the same from this curry sauce.
Currently the jar claims it is a new recipe, it has fresh cream, natural yoghurt, tomatoes and honey along with lots of herbs and spices. The jar is 425g and I think it depends on what you add to the sauce as to how many it will feed. We only used chunks of chicken and it was about right for two people.
This brings me to the nutritional statistics which made me gasp! I didn't read them before the event and now I'm wondering if I can ever eat this again! Per 100g: 133 calories, 1.1g protein, 8.8g carbohydrate, a whopping 10.4g fat and 0.4g fibre. Now bear in mind our jar served 2 so we ate just over 20g of fat each in our one meal. I'm shocked!
To use the sauce you chop up some chicken and fry it lightly in a pan, then add the sauce and bring to the boil before simmering for a while to cook the chicken through. It's that simple.
We had ours with rice and Tesco nan bread. I have to say this sauce is really delicious, it's creamy and only ever so slightly spicy. My partner often finds Chicken Tikka Masala tastes too much of tomatoes for him but this sauce seems to have the blend of ingredients just right and it makes a wonderful curry. It smells gorgeous too as you're cooking it and I couldn't wait to get my teeth into it!
You could also do a vegetable tikka masala with vegetables of your choice or add some vegetables to the chicken to bulk the sauce out a bit then I think you could stretch it around 4 people.
So would I buy it again? For the taste absolutely! The price of these sauces varies wildly and I've seen them for almost £3 a jar so I wouldn't buy them unless they were on offer. But the amount of fat in this sauce is a big problem for me, I keep close tabs on how much fat I consume and to eat 20g (that's excluding the nan bread) in one part of a meal is appalling! I would have to say as an occasional treat only.
It is a very tasty sauce though so if you aren't too worried about the fat content I can highly recommend it.
I was a bit speptical when I heard the Loyd "throught the key hole" Grossman was now producing sauces for pasta, curry's etc but my husband suggested we give them a try as we were getting tired of the Dolmio type sauces on offer that we always try.
We went for the Loyd Grossman Tikka Masala as I like quite a mild curry sauces but he did have a wide range available, such a Rogan Josh, Bhuna, Thai Chilli, Balti, Korma, Madras etc. The packaging was quite intriguing too, it looked more classy than some of the other sauces on offer such as the Dolmio as mentioned before.
I guess it was a little expensive at £1.99 a jar but if you compare this to £5+ for an actual curry then it is a bargain.
The sauce has quite a nice consistency, thick without being too chunky. You can definitely tell that there are a lot of chopped vegetables in this sauce and it is definitely not bland. Each jar serves two people I would say, pouring the sauce over chicken but it is suitable for vegetarians which is nice. The great thing about this curry sauce is that it's quick and easy, all you have to do is brown some chicken, throw over the sauce, heat it up and you are ready to go.
The whole jar contains about 720 calories but when you think that you will only eat half per person then it is about 360 calories which is not bad for an evening meal.
The nice thing is as well is that Loyd has a website linked with his sauces where you can find recipes and product information plus more which definitely helps in cooking and planning meals. The address is www.loydgrossmansauces.co.uk
If you're looking for a quick and easy curry in the evening that is also healthy then you have found a wonderful product with a great taste. I recommend you try everything else he has on offer!
When you think of Loyd Grossman you'll probably think of him presenting Masterchef and Through the Keyhole with that ever so strange Anglo-American accent of his (chances are you've done the impression). You might not know however that he also puts his name to a number of cooking sauces, pastas, and soups. This means he has in no way any input in the product. It just has his ugly mug on the label, and he'll get paid for it to be there. Easy life for some eh? The actual sauces are manufactured by Premier Foods with most of them costing about £3, at the top end of a market also containing Uncle Bens, Homepride, and Dolmio ranges. Its tough competition. This review will focus on Grossman's Tikka Masala sauce jar, which cost £1.99 from Sainsbury's.
The jar itself is quite large, at 425g, so more than enough for 2 people. Unlike a lot of sauces which are free of visible herbs, and other chunks, with this sauce you can immediately see all the different ingredients involved. The list on the label says:
Tomatoes In Juice (20%), Double Cream (16%), Natural Yogurt (13%), Tomato Puree, Onions, Tandoori Curry Paste, Mild Curry Paste, Sunflower Oil, Sugar, Seasoning (Coriander, Paprika, Cardamon, Turmeric, Ginger, Cumin, Garam Masala, Cinnamon), Garlic Puree, Modified Maize Starch, Salt, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Ginger Puree
I personally cooked the sauce by simmering it with some cooked chicken in a frying pan until it began to bubble. Alternatively, lamb and beef could be used. Lamb particularly would probably be good as it would work well with the tangy-ness of the sauce. The only problem to this is the obvious high price of lamb nowadays.
Once the sauce is cooked with the meat I like to serve it with basmati rice for the extra flavor it tends to bring. When it's all served up at first the sauce may appear very greasy due to the oil which floats to the top of the product. Personally I see this as a sign of quality, as none of the other sauces about seem to do this, i.e. Home Pride. When I home cook my own sauces the same thing happens as with the Grossman sauce with the oil at the top, so it can only be a good thing. Before you take that first bite the smell is very powerful and aromatic, with the many herbs and spices blending together as they infuse up your nose. Very tempting to dive in before its even been cooked I must say. The smell of the cold sauce alone is fantastic.
Now for the all important taste...If you aren't a fan, or simply aren't used to spicy food, this might not be for you. This sauce is very spicy indeed. I personally love this quality in foods so it does the trick for me. Texturally the sauce is very tomato rich and very thick due to the high content of yogurt and purees. You'll also find that a small layer of clear oil will run from beneath your sauce and rice to the edges of your plate. This could suggest the sauce is very fatty. None the less, the taste is superb. It's like nothing else on the curry sauce market, as it tastes real- as if it's homemade with herbs fresh from the garden. You pay for the quality and it's worth it- a must buy for you this week if you like your curries.
Some Further Information:
Free From Gluten
May Contain Traces of Nuts
Free From Wheat
Suitable for Vegetarians
Store in a cool dry place, and keep in the fridge once open- consuming within 3 days. Shake well before use.
Nutritional Information to point out:
* Contains 5.9g of saturated fat per 100g (jar contains 425, so double this amount if you're sharing). This is about 25% of your daily guideline for this
* Contains 600mg (or 0.6g) of sodium/salt. Your daily guideline for this is 2400 so again its around 25%
* The sauce is only 206 calories, about 10% of daily guideline amounts for both men and women