“ Brand: Sharwood / Type: Sauces „
I'm a relatively recent convert to curry really and as I don't like very hot and spicy ones, I can't abide the mild and creamy kind either. So trying to find something inbetween that satisfied taste with out blowing my head off was a bit of a trial and error affair. Until I had my first chicken saag from our takeaway and now I rarely have anything else when me and the hubby treat ourselves the odd Friday night. Maybe it's cos it's crammed with yummy nutrious spinach that makes me feel I'm not being too naughty and getting some good stuff into me. I like it when it's really spinachy and quite a dry consistency which our takeaway does well, not with a lake of oil along the top.
So when I spotted Sharwoods were doing a saag cooking sauce, I thought we'd try it and get that Friday feeling into the odd Tuesday night. Mmm, it's alright....
It's described as a saag masala which instantly makes it creamier than a true saag for me, the label describes it as medium spice, 'a rich and delicious tikka sauce simmered with spinach leaves'. Well, I'm not a spice girl but to me it's fairly mild but what makes it un-saag like is that only 9% of it is spinach. The sauce itself is orangy brown scattered with tiny leaves of spinach whereas, to me it should be a deep rich irony green. It also contains 6% double cream which gives it, obviously, a creamy consistency and the rest of the ingredients include Greek Style yogurt, sugar, tomato puree, onions, ginger puree, creamed coconut, desiccated coconut, coriander and fenugreek leaf.
Calorie wise, per 140g serving gives you 140 calories, and 7% daily fat intake. The jar itself contains 420g though, and we have been known to share the jar between us cos we can be greedy pigs!
Taste wise.... it's alright but a bit bland. We always add chopped onion when browning the chicken first and, because I'm supposed to be eating saag, I add more spinach to it. And with some chutney and poppadoms along side and a blob of raita, it just about passes muster.
But if you're hoping to recreate the takeaway feeling, it's disappointing to me.
However, it makes a filling midweek tea, it's quick to cook and the sauce is much cheaper than other brands, like Loyd Grossmans, so it's fairly economical. I do buy it on occasions as a cupboard standby to satisfy midweek curry cravings. I've also noticed the picture above describes it as a 'limited edition', but this has now been removed from the labels so it must be here to stay.