One of my great loves in life is eating curry. Course when finances allow I order one in or go out but its pricey and I can't afford to do too often so I make my own at least a couple of times a week. Saying that I make my own I do mean with some sort of cooking sauce cos quite frankly when it comes to the complexity of making a curry I'm baffled at where to start so I cheat!
I usually love Patak sauces and they are the brand I buy the most often and this was one I bought a few weeks ago and used last week and it cost me £1.76 for a 500g jar in my local Asda store (its also available in other good supermarkets too!).
The jar glass has a purply coloured lid that easily twists on and off and on the front of the jar there is a picture of a curry and we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it has a 2 red chilli rating (meaning its spicy) and then on the back of the jar other information listed includes ingredients and a nutritional chart stated as well as meal ideas, the size is stated and contact details for the manufacturer are given.
The Sauce Itself:
Suitable for Vegetarians you can use this sauce any way you want to whether that be with vegetables, meat of fish or a combination mix of any of those and I usually fry off chicken or prawns for a curry with onions and mushrooms and I sometimes even add peppers and then when they cooked through I drain off any excess water/oil and then add the sauce and leave it up to an hour heating in it or if in hurry I live it as little as ten minutes.
This is a very nice sauce this one though it is quite spicy and more spicy than I usually go for but my mates love this one! The sauce is quite thick, brown in colour and rather smooth. It has a bit of a tomato flavour to it and although you cant see the peppers or onions in this one you can taste the peppers though not the onions so much. It has a nice flavour of garlic to it too and the heat comes from the peppers I think. I do think this is a little too flavoured from the cumin seeds, something I am not all that fond of which dries the flavour out somewhat however overall it is a nice spicy little number this one and easily gives 4 generous helpings of curry.
The sauce gives 102kcal per 100g and 1.0g of saturated fat which I don't think is that bad at all either!
Not my favourite Patak's sauce this one goes a storm with my mates though so yep I will be buying it again in the future!
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Buying this product was a spur of the moment decision, Im sure I picked it up for £1 on offer from ASDA, we had some left over chicken and didnt know what do with it, wandering around ASDA I decided on a curry and my partner would have what ever I decided to make. After the careful consideration standing in front of the end of the aisle offers for about five minutes looking for the flavour that sounded the most appealing I decided on the Jalfrezi. I dont really like spice but it said it was a medium but I thought Id give it a go, meet my partner in the middle as he likes vindaloo, and that was definitely not on the cards. I normally go for the sharwoods curry sauces as Ive always had them and not tried any different, but since they were on offer I thought id bite the bullet.
You can buy these Pataks sauces in various different flavours such as, Balti, Dopiaza, Vindaloo, Tikka Masala, Phal (Extra Hot), Jalfrezi, Madras, Rogan Josh, and for the usual whimps like me Butter Chicken and Korma. You can also get the different curry sauces in their paste form, and you can buy flavoured pickles, flavoured to the various curries on offer, as well as raita, chipattis, popodoms, naan breads, onion bhajis and coconut flavourings, all made by the branding of pataks. All of these products can range between £1.48 - £1.98 for the pastes, £1.78 for the pickles, and £1.48 to £1.98 for the curry sauces.
The glass jar of the jalfrezi comes in a 450g size and is like the others in the Patak's range it is coloured purple and pink, and you can see through the gaps in the label to the dark red curry sauce, at this point I was thinking wow this i going to be hot, as ive been told the darker the curry sauce the hotter it is, how true this is I dont know. The label has a picture of curry on the front, in a bowl, I suppose to show how to present the curry for the dinner table. The screw lid of the jar is purple and is clearly labeled pataks all the way around, and the name pataks is clearly presented on the label in large writing towards the top of the jar.
On the label it also gives you the heat count in the curry sauce, for example the jalfrezi is 2/3 chillies so two chillies are lit up, this gives the jalfrezi a rating of a medium, which was good as I couldnt take anymore, the label also tells you how many people that the jar is meant to serve which is four, me and my partner eat the meal and I used all the sauce, and it was a bit runny, but I would still say, for a good substantial meal, the jar would best serve three.
When I was cooking the jalfrezi I firstly cooked my chicken until it was golden brown and then added the whole jar to the pan, some as always got stuck in the bottom, and I have found the only way to get it out is to put some milk in the jar and give it a good shake, I then add this to the pan. I then dont do anything else to the curry. I cook some boiled rice as I dont like pilau and then I serve it with a garlic naan bread, poppadoms, onion bhajis and some vegetable samosas, when we have a curry we go all out as it isnt often.
The jalfrezi itself is a dark red colour and it has small but visible chunks of tomato and onion in the sauce, the jalfrezi is described as a sweet pepper and tomato sauce with coconut and coriander, however due to the spice the taste of the coconut can be lost. As for the spice I normally have a curry with no heat at all but unusually this curry did not set my mouth on fire, which I liked and the flavours were really good and tasted nice. Normally with spice you lose all tastes but this curry was different.
Overall I would say get the jalfrezi if you like a bit of spice but not something that will knock your socks off, the jalfrezi is lighter on the tastebuds than many other curries, which I think is a good thing. The tomato and peppers give the jalfrezi more texture than other curries, which are all just spice and nothing more, this gives you something to chew other than the chicken. The smell of this curry is also beautiful and appetising due to the aromas of the peppers, tomato, coconut and coriander. Definitely a bargain at £1 and I would say for the flavours I would not grudge paying £1.98 either. People of the world...spice up your life!
PATAKS - JALFREZI
I love Indian Cuisine so much so that I like to experiment in the kitchen and make my own. However been a Man, I think? It can seem such a chore at times, so the handy sauces from the cupboard come into play.
I brought a Patak's 500g jar of Jalfrezi Sauce from my local Morrison's store on offer at just a £1 which I thought was a bargain as it normally retails for about £1.89. So much so that I brought a range of Patak's sauces.
The Jar is very colourful and stand's out against it's peers. A polished purple / pink finish clearly stating what your buying and how strong it is, which is important to the unknowing consumer. The packaging has an Indian feel, which makes you think you are buying a quality brand.
Also on the side provides you with cooking instructions and offers you a range of products to supplement your curry. Overall I really like the packaging.
The obvious aroma upon opening the jar, was strong and appealing, your typical Indian cooking smell. The content looked good aside from the sauce you could see onions and peppers etc. Taste test, the sauce was of a good consistency, and looked rich and healthy most appetizing, however after tasting found it to be a little bit bland, you could not taste all the natural Indian flavours, It's not too heavy on the stomach either. It was certainly edible and I did enjoy it, but in comparison to making your own with fresh ingredients there is only ever one winner. I've tried other sauces before and this maybe is one of the better ones, and is recommendable..
Typical values per 100g
Saturated Fats 1g
Water, Onion, Red & Green peppers (9%) Vegetable Oil, Tomato (5%) Sugar, Spices (Contains Mustard) Concentrated Tomato Puree, Modified Maize starch, desiccated coconut, garlic, salt, ginger, citric acid, acetic acid, dried coriander leaf, Colour : Paprika Extract, cumin seeds.
- Contains Mustard and may contain traces of peanut or tree nuts
- Suitable for vegetarians
- Free from artificial colours and flavours.
- Once jar is opened use immediately.
Overall for a £1 it's a good sauce, and I would buy it again at full price, its recommendable however it's nothing to shout about. 6.5 / 10