When it comes to cookery I love the eating part but am so not keen on the actual preparation part of things. I also love a good curry but can't always afford to go out and buy one and so occasionally will buy a cook in sauce and some meat and chuck it all together and hope for the best! Patak's is a range of sauces that both me and my flatmate enjoy so last time we were in Asda we picked this one up to try out.
The 500g of sauce comes in a glass jar with a pink and purple label around it and a pink coloured twist on/off lid to the top of it. On the front of the label we are told that it is Patak's 'Original' Butter Chicken 'A rich, creamy tomato and butter sauce, flavoured with fenugreek leaf and a hint of cardamom' and that it is a mild sauce and that it serves 4 people and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there too. On the back of the label other information listed includes ingredients, allergy advice and a full nutritional chart being given, we are given advice on how to use the sauce and contact details for AB World Foods Ltd are given (the manufacturer of the product). It's an easy to open jar and informative enough with all the information being neatly laid out on it.
The Sauce Itself:
Well the sauce is light brown and reasonably runny with bits of dark green herbs running throughout it, well thats once you've tipped it out of the jar because when you first open it you are greeted with not only a large amount of bright orange oil that has risen to the top of the sauce but a really spicy curry smell.
To use this you simply add it to whatever ingredients you wish to brown first and then let this sauce simmer within those ingredients for about 15 minutes.
The sauce is nice enough, flavoursome and rather tomatoey. I was worried as I had seen the oil that this had that it would make a greasy curry but it doesn't and like I say it is all rather flavoursome and the sauce does thicken up through cooking so isn't as runny as I first assumed it would be either. You can gently taste the fenugreek and spices within this and its nicely seasoned too however it was a bit oniony in flavour for me and I wouldn't have guessed this contained butter and cream within it at all and wouldn't say anyone would guess this was a butter curry sauce...if you've had the dish in a restaurant this seriously nothing like that in appearance once served or in flavour.
Nice enough tomato and onion flavoured sauce which really is mild but full on flavour and does make a generous 4 portion meal (with accompaniments of course) but not butter sauce!
Nutritional Information Per 1/4 Jar:
Available in all good supermarkets costing about £1.48 a jar.