“ Manufacturer: Sharwood's / Sauces „
These Sharwoods sauces were on special offer a couple of weeks ago in Tesco where it was buy one get one free and one of the jars I picked up was this lighter korma, I was a bit worried that the lower calories would result in less flavour however I need not have worried on that score as the korma was nice and tasty.
The korma mix was a pale orangy brown colour, not the most appealing sight in the world I must say as it looked quite congealed in the jar as well. Before using the sauce I first sliced some chicken fillets into smaller pieces and then fried these in the wok with some olive oil and garlic, then I added mushrooms and a chopped onion and made sure they were all pretty much cooked, then I added the sauce and left it to simmer for a couple of minutes stirring it into the ingredients, certainly it gave off a nice curry smell with a hint of coconut to it.
As for taste well it was rather creamy and again there was the taste of coconut and also the curry, this is a very mild curry with no real heat in it but it does have a very pleasent taste and as good as any korma i have had in a restaurant, it is just a shame that I can never cook the naan bread as good as they do in a restaurant.
Certainly I would use this again as the lower calories are achieved without any compromise on taste so this was a good choice for me.
This to me always should be in my cupboard. When it comes to curry's the weaker they are the better so this mild, coconut flavoured sauce is perfect for me.
It comes in a large glass jar, it has quite a long shelf life too with them usually having a best before date which is a little short of a year from the day that you buy it. Price wise its roughly £1.40 a jar however I know most supermarkets sell two jars for £2 so that is why I always have one in stock.
The sauce itself is extremely thick so I usually add a tiny amount of water when im cooking with it. Its a pale mustard colour, with onion in it too. It has a strong coconut aroma to it personally I think it smells delicious and anyone else im cooking it for always comments on it too. This korma is particular good because it is low in fat and usually with low fat sauce you can taste that its a lower in calories however it is not the case with this sauce you still feel like you indulging in something a little bit naughty! Personally this sauce is at the same standard you get in a restaurant or as a takeaway.
This sauce goes well with chicken, pork and even prawns. I make it with quorn pieces too for a vegetarian friend of mine and she always comments on the sauce and how its not bland tasting at all.I always feel a little bit guilty that I am not cooking from scratch but with this sauce the guilt doesn't last very long.
I love cooking, but sometimes I just don't have the time to go the whole hog and cook dishes from scratch. And takeaways while delicioud, can be pricey. This is where pre-prepared sauces come in very handy .
I've been a fan of Sharwoods Sauces for a long time - my dads a bit of a curry nut, and when I was living at home, we'd have at least one a week, always with a Sharwoods sauce . When I moved out, I was already biased towards the brand, and kept on buying it .
Recently I joined Weight Watchers, and have been looking for ways to carry on enjoying my favourite foods in a healthier way, so when I saw this 'Lighter' version of a Korma , into my basket it went .
As you'd expect from something labelled 'Lighter' this contains less fat than the ordinary sauce .
It comes in a squared off bottle with a black tamper-proof lid , and has a pretty long shelf life - mine had a good 9 months to go when I purchased it, so if you tend to buy things and forget about them (something I do a lot) its reassuring to know theres no hurry to eat it .
Basically , to use this, you brown the meat (or fish) of your choice , add this in, heat through, and simmer and stir for 15 minutes . You can of course add whatever else you like into it - I like to top my curries with chopped hard boiled egg !
The sauce is quite thick, pale orange in colour, and smells , and tastes of coconut. Saffron is what gives it its colour , and I can also taste cardoman, ginger, and just a hint of lemon. Its got a very creamy texture, and certainly you don't get the feeling you're missing out that comes with some low fat products . Low fat - low taste has never been less true . Its very mild , which is good for me as although I adore spicy food, my daughter doesn't . She's six and ate this without a grumble.
I've used this with chicken, turkey, pork, and salmon - and its tasted great every time . It does work very well with just veg ( I had a bit of an empty cupboard crisis and lobbed in a bag of broccolli and cauliflower - still yummy ) Basically, lob it over anything, and its transformed from plain boring meat into a delicious meal with minimal effort ,
I imagine it would work well with prawns also, but I have a bit of a phobia of them with their black, soulless eyes
A jar has enough sauce in it for two large adult servings, I tend to add a little extra meat and veg to it to bulk it up to feed myself, my boyfriend, and my daughter. I find adding in a little coconut milk also works well in thinning out the sauce just a little to make it stretch without losing the taste , and I often pour a little into the jar and shake it to get all the sauce off .
Half a jar of sauce contains 180 calories, for those of you watching your waistline . Obviously , its up to you to work out the calories of whatever else you're bunging into it , but that not bad!
My Jar cost me £1.75 from my corner shop - and as we all know they like to hike up the prices a little bit . I;ve seen it in Asda at around £1.30, although sometimes they have it offer at 2 for £2 . In my opinion its well worth the money - its not too expensive, tastes great, and can be stored in the cupboard for months.
So, if you're a bit of a curry monster, but don't want the belly as evidence, this low fat version is high on taste and a healthy alternative to the takeaway .
I like Sharwood's sauces. We always have one or two in the stock cupboard.
This is a mild curry sauce flavoured with coconut, cardamon and saffron. It has a lower fat content than the non light version. To be honest it doesn't taste any different to me. It is a creamy sauce which goes well with chicken and pork. I have also used it with smoked fish. I don't think it would be a good accompaniment for more subtle flavoured fish because the coconut taste would overpower it.
The nice thing about these cook in sauces is that you can put them on the browned meat, put them in the oven and then go and do something more interesting. (Like looking at DooYoo!) The smell that emanates from the stove is mouth watering.
You can cook it on the stove top if you want a quicker meal. It takes about 15 minutes from adding it to the pan of browned meat. I do think the taste develops more if you leave it cooking gently in the oven and you don't have to stand there stirring it for ages.
It comes in a squarish bottle with a black tamper evident lid. If the middle of the lid is popped up it has been opened so don't buy/use it. (I wondered about why this was necessary until I saw a man in Asda unscrewing a jar of Mayonaisse to smell it!! Unbelievable!)
A 420g jar costs £1.20-£1.40 They have a shelf life of around a year. I have used them a little past their 'use by' date to no ill effect.
A jar contains enough sauce for a generous helping for two people or three at a pinch. If you are going to cook it in an open dish in the oven you can stir in some skimmed milk because some liquid is lost due to evaporation.
One serving of sauce contains about 180 calories. Not bad if you are using chicken breast which also has a quite low calorie count.
I like to introduce children to different tasting foods when they are young, this sauce is mild enough and tasty enough to get them interested and happy to try other foodstuffs and develop their palates.