“ Brand: Sharwood's / Type: Sauces „
Recently having so many curries in and out of the house, one of my favourite dishes is a balti and so when I saw spotted this costing £1.37 a jar in Asda recently I snapped it up (available in all good supermarkets etc).
The sauce comes in a 420g jar that is a sort of squarish in shape and to the top of it, it has a black twist on/off lid covering a large hole. To the neck of the bottle there is a small label and on that the word Balti is written. Around the middle and the sides of the jar there is an orange and green label and on the front of that I'm told it is Cooking Sauce, Sharwood's, Balti, Medium 'This fruity sauce combines fried onions and tomatoes, infused with coriander and cumin'. To the sides of the jar other information listed includes being told a bit about the sauce and how to use it, the weight is stated and I'm told that it is suitable for Vegetarians, there is a full nutritional chart shown along with ingredients and allergy advice being given and contact details for Sharwood's are listed. It's a nice looking and informative jar this one...like other jars in within this range.
To use this sauce all you do is fry off whatever ingredients you want your balti to be full of. You can use meat, fish and/or vegtables....... the variations are endless. Just fry off the all ingredients till they are slightly browned and cooked and then drain off any excess fat/water and then stir this sauce in and let it simmer for a while and serve.
This sauce is orangy in colour, not to greasy and reasonably thick. It has a wonderful onion and sort of curry aroma to it really and you can see flecks of onion in it and specs of coriander and cumin seeds.
The flavour of this is of tomatoes and you can taste the ginger, garlic and onions within it too. It does have a fruity and spicy flavour to it though it is a mild sauce and I'm not sure how that fruitiness arrives in this because no fruit is added in it according to the ingredient list.
This is a very interesting sauce and full of quality and I found this to make 4 generous portions of a balti up. For me it isn't quite restaurant quality of course but it smells and looks good and does contain a nice rich flavour and spice. Not bad at all and it really is tangy!
Nutritional Information Per 140g Serving:
of which sugars: 6.9g
of which saturates; 0.8g
Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at around £1.37 a jar.
My dad made a new years resolution for us all this year and it was that we're to cut down on the take aways, not really for health reasons because we don't actually have them that much and we all kinda like the healthier menu choices anyway. It's the cash he was thinking about because with 4 of us and a toddler to buy for it costs a fortune every time we order a curry.
We've been cooking our own since then and one of the best sauces I've found is this Balti sauce from Sharwoods. It doesn't take long to cook and once you've browned the chicken off you just have to simmer it in the sauce for about 20 mins. I say chicken but you can have any meat in a balti and it's also a good way of using up leftover meat from the Sunday dinner but just remember it won't need as much cooking as raw meat.
While it's cooking it smells gorgeous, I wouldnt say it's exactly like the smell of a balti from the curry house but it's still proper yummy.
The taste though is a lot like a curry house balti. It's medium strength and I think the spice in the balti is just right. The sauce is nice and thick and sticks wicked to the chicken, I was going to add some extra onion but I'm glad I didn't because that would have changed the taste of it big time I reckon. It's got a nice tomatoey taste to it and I love how all the spices have been mixed together because you can taste them but they don't kick you in the teeth like some curry sauces that we've tried since the new year.
If you like mega spicey curry then this will probably be a bit too weak for you but baltis aren't usually all that hot anyway and I think they've got the flavour just right here. It's not greasy tasting and actually I think that's loads better than if you buy a balti from the take away because depending on where you buy it it can have shedloads of fat floating on the top of it.
When I started buying these jars they was on special offer and only cost £1.00, I think the normal price is about £1.69 but that's still wicked value to feed all of us when usually we'd pay over £6.00 per curry.