Product Type: Pataks Sauces / Soups
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Patak's Jalfrezi Cooking Sauce
Member Name: vickijohn2012
Patak's Jalfrezi Cooking Sauce
Advantages: Tasty, aromatic, easy to cook.
Disadvantages: Not enough for 4 in the jar
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!
Summary: Tasty dish for a good night in with a curry
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