“ Brand: New Covent Garden / Type: Soups „
New Covent Garden Chicken Mulligatawny Soup
Description: Manufacturer: New Covent Garden / Type: Soups
Anyone reading any of my earlier reviews will know by now that I am trying to lose a few pounds (well 5 to be exact) which I put on over the festive season. Because I work shifts, I often find myself snacking on the wrong things at the wrong times, so am trying to avoid this by eating sensible meals which fill me up and help me prevent snacking. This has been going quite well and now, I am hoping to maintain my weight by continuing to watch what I eat.
I love to make my own soups, but often just don't have the time and so resort to buying ready made ones instead. The quality of these varies considerably, and I have always found that buying these New Covent Garden fresh soups is probably the best way to go. You can really taste the difference between these and tinned soups, making them feel more like a home made meal and less like a ready prepared option.
I really like the New Covent Garden soup range and have tried lots of different varieties, though unfortunately, they are a little expensive at around £1.80 for a 600g carton. Supermarkets often have them on offer though and I managed to pick up a few recently for just £1 each. They usually have a decent shelf life (check carton for dates) and can usually be frozen so they are worth stocking up on while you can.
The soups come in cardboard cartons which are designed so they can stand up in the fridge and can be heated on a hob or warmed in the microwave for around two minutes (stir halfway through heating)
This soup is very thick so it is best to shake the carton or stir it thoroughly before serving. There are plenty of chunky vegetables through the soup but if I am being honest, I was a little disappointed by the lack of spiciness. In my opinion, this soup would benefit from having a little more kick to it, perhaps with some more chilli or cayenne pepper. Having said that, the coconut gives it a nice sweet taste which is different to most of the pre-prepared soups that are available.
If you are a fan of mildly spiced foods then this soup will probably become a firm favourite with you, it is thick, warming and tasty but just lacks that little something that would make it great.
As you will see from the list below, these soups use only natural ingredients so not only are they convenient, they are also much better for you than some other processed soups. I do like this one, but it could do with being a little bit spicier so I am giving it three Dooyoo stars.
Nutritional information is as follows;
saturated fat (5.1g)
calories per half carton (215)
Ingredients are as follows;
Water, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Chicken (6%), Onions, Red Split Lentils (5%), Long Grain Rice (2.7%), Coconut (2.7%), Tomato Paste, Garlic, Salt, Parsley, Ginger, Ground Coriander, Cumin, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper
New Covent Garden are now a well-known fresh soup and risotto brand. One of my favourites from their (now massive!) range is the hearty Chicken Mulligatawny.
Chicken Mulligatawny is an Anglo-Indian recipe, bringing the curry-style, spiced flavours of traditional Asian curries with hearty elements of Western soups. New Covent Garden's version is a delicious, thick, proper winter warmer of a soup.
~*~* Where to buy and packaging *~*~
The soup is only available in the larger, 600g carton (being two servings). The carton is a Tetrapak-style design, which I always find quite hard to open (not peeling open easily), so I find that I need to use a knife to saw the carton open slightly, which can be difficult and not the easiest container to open if you have dexterity problems.
The carton is a typical, NCG style white box, with a pink-purple band and a picture of chicken slices and cracked open coconut. The soup is found in the chiller section (together with other fresh soups and ready meals) of larger supermarkets and typically costs around £2.20 per carton.
~*~* Ingredients and how to cook *~*~
The soups are not suitable for vegetarians (due to their chicken content) but are gluten, wheat, milk and dairy free. Also, the soup is not low fat (with 7.2g fat, of which 5.1g saturates per serving), with higher salt (1.2g) and 215kcals per serving.
The soup can be heated through either on the hob from chilled for 5 minutes, in the microwave from chilled (900w/high for 5 minutes in total) or from frozen (cooked on defrost for 25 minutes and then high for 5 minutes). The soup can be frozen before cooking and kept for a month.
Before cooking, it helps to give the soup a good shake - the soup contains a thick, tomato red lentil and coconut soup base with noticeable chunks of potato, chicken and rice which sink to the bottom. A good shake is therefore needed to give the intended, thick blend and to make sure all the ingrediants are distributed evenly.
~*~* The taste test *~*~
The soup has a lovely, savoury aroma of spices and luscious, thick appearance and colour that is incredibly appetising. The flavour matches this - thick, robust textures and really sumptuous with real tomato, chicken and spice flavours shining through, like a delicious curry but with no chilli heat. The presence of rice is noticeable and NCG do not seem to have scrimped on the chicken or spice - this definitely feels more like a thick casserole than a watery, broth or cream soup.
I would definitely say this is one for wintery, chilly evenings where you fancy something a little bit different, but very hearty and filling. As the soup is so thick, no bread accompaniment is really needed however for a more filling meal a crusty, buttered roll or warmed through naan bread for an authentic Indian accompaniment is really lovely to mop up the last dregs of soup.
This soup is a definite winner - a lovely, thick, winter warmer with a scrummy spice taste which is quite different from many other soups out there. The soup is widely available and the cost is reasonable for two thick and filling servings - give it a go!
~*~* Full ingredients list *~*~
Water, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Chicken (6%), Onions, Red Split Lentils (5%), Long Grain Rice (2.7%), Coconut (2.7%), Tomato Paste, Garlic, Salt, Parsley, Ginger, Ground Coriander, Cumin, Turmeric, Black Pepper, Cayenne Pepper.
This soup is wonderful, just writing a review about it is making me hungry! I love it on cold overcast days as its really comforting and warming. Its quiet expensive at £2.19 a carton (I get mine from Sainsburys) but it's definitely worth the extra - it's thick, full of chunks of chicken and potato, and is really filling. It's mildly spice - by that I mean it's full of flavour, and hints of Indian cooking, but it isn't hot spicy. Each carton has 2 good servings.
According to the green light system on the packet it is low fat (7.2g) and sugar (4.5g), and medium saturated fat (5.1g) and salt (1.2g), and its 215 calories for a half carton. Also, as it's a New Covent Garden soup all the ingredients are recognisable as actual food and not random chemicals that you can't even pronounce.
The carton is cardboard, which is great if you want to improve your environmental footprint as its biodegradable, but you do need to be careful when you open it as it can splatter a little - I point the carton way from me which helps.
Remember to shake it up before you open it, as the chunky bits tend to sink to the bottom, if you don't and you have it over 2 days (as I do) you will find you have a watery first bowl and a second bowl that is so thick it's more like a casserole than a soup!
Ingredients List (for info):
Water, tomatoes, potatoes, chicken (6%), onions, red split lentils (5%), long grain rice (2.7%), coconut (2.7%), tomato paste, garlic, salt, parsley, ginger, ground corriander, cumin, tumeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper