“ Type: Sauces „
Sharwoods Rogan Josh paste is one in a range of ready made pastes from Sharwoods, others being chicken tikka massala and korma. I picked up a handful of packets from my local Home Bargain Store for about 19p each and thought I'd give them a try. Basically they are packets of curry paste, the Rogan Josh one including ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamon, paprika and many other spices besides. I didn't have lamb in the fridge, so cooked chicken instead (this is probably some kind of curry sacrilege). You simply fry the meat, add the packet of paste, a tin of chopped tomatoes and some yoghurt. I found that the curry this made was pretty spicy, so simply added more yoghurt until it was a bit more palatable! The resulting curry was really nice, and there was enough to feed about 3 people. In the paste, there is about 15g of fat in one package, and 66 calories. This isn't too bad when you consider that it is relatively low fat yoghurt which you are adding. I found that I needed to add more youghurt than was stated on the package, but this for my personal preference. I mainly brought the packet because it was very good value. Would I buy it again? Maybe, but not at full price as you can buy jars of sauce for less, however there is something undeniably satisfying about making a curry sort of from scratch. All in all this paste makes a nice non-plastic curry, but at full price may be a bit expensive for my taste.
Tonight we had a curry and as my curry making is not very good without a little help I need to use one of the ready made sauces and this Rogan Josh Paste from Sharwoods is an excellent sauce. I decided on Lamb Rogan Josh as I feel a dark meat combines better with the tomato base of this sauce. There area couple of ways that you can cook this, either in a casserole dish in the oven for 90 minutes or as I did using a wok or pan, I diced the lamb and fried it for a few minutes, then I added sme chopped mushrooms and onion to it and cooked it a little longer before adding the sauce from the jar and then allowing it to simmer for a few minutes while the rice finished boiling. There was a lovely rich curry smell as it cooked and the paste is a redish brown colour, there are bits of chopped onion in it and the other spices include ginger and cardamom. It tastes of tomato and curry and i a medium strength curry sauce so there is a bit of heat in the curry, it goes really well with the lamb which was succulent and juicy and the mushrooms and onion added to the slightly fruity aroma of the curry. I bought this sauce as part of a two for £2 offer in Tesco along with a Tikka Massala sauce mix.
A curry paste with fried onions, ginger, cardamom and exotic spices allows you to create an aromatic Rogan Josh