“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Sauces „
I am hoping that most people will agree with me when I say that Chips and Curry Sauce is an awesome meal, and one that almost can not be beaten. I usually get my chips and curry sauce from the local chip shop, but this can get a bit expensive and I thought I would try just making it at home instead, which also helps to control the calories!!
I usually shop in Morrisons, so when I went there to do my shopping, I made a note to look out for a jar of curry sauce, and I found the Morrisons Value Curry Sauce at just 9p a jar!!! I was a little shocked to see it was so cheap, and I did wonder if it just tasted awful or had something wrong with it due to the price, but I thought for the fact it was only 9p for a jar, it was worth a try.
Next time I made some chips, I took this jar out of the cupboard, and put some of the sauce into a bowl, popped it into the microwave and prepared to eat my chips and curry sauce. From the first bite I was amazed that this sauce could cost only 9p as it tasted really good, and was almost the same taste as you would get from a fish and chip shop!
The sauce itself is a golden brown colour and is quite thick in consistency. It has a wonderful aroma to it, and it filled my kitchen with a nice warm scent, which lingered for about half an hour. There is not much spice to this sauce, so it is most likely suitable for most people. I have even since tried this with chicken to make an actual curry, and it worked wonderfully!
The only downside to this curry sauce is the fact that it is quite high in calories, like most curry sauces. I enjoy this as an occasional treat now, but I still love the taste of it, and I always have a jar of this in my kitchen cupboard, as it is something I do not like to be without.
You can only buy this sauce in Morrisons supermarkets, and for the whole 9p you pay for it, it truly is worth the money!! It has a long shelf life, can be stored in the fridge after opening and it tastes wonderful. This really is a good sauce, and if you like a nice mild curry sauce, this one is the way to go.
I give this curry sauce a 5 out of 5 stars and I totally recommend it, just remember to watch the amount of calories.
When I moved in with my boyfriend we decided that he would take on the responsibility of doing the weekly shop. I have to admit in the past and even to an extent now I am somewhat of a brand snob. My boyfriend on the other hand has sought to keep our food shopping bills as low as possible by switching branded products to the supermarkets own brands and quite often I have been pleasantly surprised.
I believe this curry sauce currently costs around 12p, although several months ago it was as cheap as 7p! I think the price alone justifies trying the produce out. Appearance wise this product is nothing special. It comes in a glass jar(440g) with a gold lid and yellow label. The label carries all the relevant information you would expect on there such as ingredients, nutritional advice and warnings for those who have allergies. This product is suitable for vegetarians, but not for those who have nut, milk, mustard or sulphite allergies. I would also add if you don't like sultanas to avoid this product, although there aren't that many so you may want to pick them out.
The instructions on the label advise what to do in order to cook an actual curry, however we have never used the sauce in this way. Often we use it to pour over our chips or fish as a sauce as it only takes a couple of minutes to warm through. The colour of the sauce is a dark yellow and the consistency is quite runny, surprisingly this does not reflect the taste which I was worried might be a bit watery especially as we did not add any further ingredients. I would compare the product similar to that which you would get in a chippy. Although the sauce carries a slight kick it is not overly strong or too hot for anyone who is not a fan of spicy food.
This product exceeded my expectations and I honestly believe if you like curry sauce then you can't go wrong with this product. If I had not known before hand then I would not have guessed this was a supermarkets own brand product.
In the past I have had both good and bad experiences with Morrisons' value brands. At just 12p a jar, I firmly believed that this curry sauce would fall into the latter category. After all, we as consumers are conditioned to believe that quality is proportional to price. Ergo, how could this sauce ever compete with the brands that cost over a quid more? Still, the lack of money in my pocket overrode any philosophical concerns I had, and so, with great trepidation, I took my jar of curry sauce to the till and handed over my hard earned 12p.
And that's when something odd happened. I was expecting sneers of disapproval from the young girl behind the till. Instead, she looked at the jar and, beaming broadly, informed me that this was their best-selling jar of curry sauce and how she had heard wonderful things about it from regular customers. My fears eased somewhat by this surprising revelation, I took my newly acquired jar home and set about to create a curry extravaganza.
From the moment you open the lid you are greeted with a strong, yet mild curry aroma. From the smell you get the impression of a sauce that is not too spicy, but instead rather sweet.
Pouring the sauce into a pan or oven-proof dish is when you first get a sense of the consistency of the sauce. When it's in the glass jar, the viscosity of the sauce appears quite thick, albeit with apparently few ingredients like sultanas and onions. Once free from its glass prison, the sauce is discovered to be surprisingly runny, although the initial impression of a minimalist approach to ingredients is spot on.
This sauce can either be cooked on the hob by pouring over browned chicken and simmering for 20 minutes, or it can be poured over chicken in an oven-proof dish and cooked in the oven for 35 minutes. I've tried both approaches and in terms of taste have found no difference in whichever method is chosen. If you do decide to heat on the hob, take special care not to bring the sauce to the boil. As the sauce consists mainly of a runny liquid, boiling will cause much of it to evaporate and leave your chicken looking quite bare!
The taste test
Despite the recommendations of fellow Morrissons shoppers, I was still unsure of how tasty this sauce would be. However, from my first mouthful to my last, I was constantly pleased. Yes, the sauce doesn't contain too many sultanas or onions or anything else for that matter. But, this actually works to the sauces advantage. It makes those times when you do taste an unexpected sultana more delicious as your taste buds are surprised by the sudden taste sensation.
The sauce itself is rather mild, almost sweet but without the sickliness that overly sweet curries, such as Kormas, can sometimes induce. The thinness of the sauce may be a bone of contention for some but this is easily remedied by adding your own ingredients to the mix, such as onion, pepper, etc.
Overall, leave your preconceptions at the door; this is actually a good quality product and perfect for those who like their curry mild.
Contains: Milk, mustard and sulphite.
Produced in a factory which uses nuts and sesame ingredients.
Suitable for vegetarians
Nutritional Information per 1/4 jar (110g):
When it comes to curry I love the stuff though I'm not going to pretend I'm a master chef in the making cos I'm not! I tend to buy a jar of cooking sauce for ease and fry off some chicken add my favoured chickpeas to it and voila job done.
I'll buy any type of curry sauce really as I don't have a preference and when I spotted this product in Morrisons I realised I have tried and written about many other value curry sauces of this type so for 12p I had to try this!
440g see-through glass jar with a gold twist on/off lid to the top of it. Around the middle there is a yellow label and in dark green writing I'm told it is Morrisons 'Value' Curry Sauce, the size is stated (as I've listed already), I'm told it is suitable for Vegetarians and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there. On the back of the label other information includes ingredients and allergy advice being listed there is a full nutritional rundown chart on there, I'm told how to store it and how to heat it through and contact details for Morrisons are given. It's a cheap looking jar but I do like being able to see the sauce through the jar and it's informative enough.
The Sauce Itself:
Well you can use this as a dipping sauce with chips or something in which case all you need to do then is to gently heat this sauce in a saucepan for a few minutes or of course you can boil or fry up ingredients and then add this sauce to it, boil it all up and then turn the heat down and allow it to simmer for around 20 minutes.
The sauce itself is a light brown colour and rather runny really. As you open the jar up you get a distinctive smell of curry. The sauce is rather smooth and glossy with just a couple of sultanas in it and little lumps of onion but it isn't a chunky sauce don't get me wrong.
Myself I fry off chicken, onions and peppers and when cooked through I drain the fat off and dump this sauce over it all and simmer it for a few minutes with added pre-cooked chick peas. Of course you can use any meat you wish to or vegetables or soya products or a combination of anything.
When cooked through the sauce is rather thin so I find with this I need alot of ingredients to sap up the sauce but ingredients do sop it up a little bit.
Taste wise well it's mild curry sauce with a hint of sweetness to it and sometimes you can detect the subtle hint of chilli though it isn't blow your brains out hotness!
It's a well blended curry sauce and it isn't bad quality. It is flavoursome and for me this is a rather good base sauce for a curry. I like to add my own bits and bobs to this and to experiment with it. I like to add my own herbs and spices and things to it and sort of pep up it up a bit! Not a bad sauce and it's a great price for sure!
Contains: Milk, mustard and sulphite.
Produced in a factory which uses nuts and sesame ingredients.
Nutritional Information 1/4 jar:
Only available in Morrison's stores.