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I have never really tried curry sauce out of a jar before (not sure why) just haven't! So, I thought I would start off by trying a popular and medium flavour/taste sauce. I brought this 420g Tikka Masala sauce from my local Sainsburys, when it was on offer for just £1.00. As I am vegetarian I decided to make a chicken style curry with it. To be fair expectations weren't high. The sauce didn't look too appetizing in the jar, and even less so once open, as I had to scoop it out! However, looks really are deceiving as this sauce tastes lovely. I added it to Quorn chicken style pieces and white rice to make my "curry".
Even though the consistency of the sauce was a bit odd for me (I found it to be a bit thick) it does in fact thin out as you add it to your chosen dish. Scent/Smell wise this sauce is not too overpowering, and smells really quite fresh when it's being cooked. Flavour and taste wise this sauce has its own unique taste, of course it doesn't taste like a curry you get from a takeaway, but, I feel you can really taste the ginger and coriander in the mix, making it taste much more like a "proper curry"
Price wise, I thought £1.00 was a bargain. I have since brought more and found it varies between £1.79 and £1.89 which I still feel is good, as the sauce when added to chicken or similar makes enough to serve 4, which I think represents good value for money.
The packaging of the curry sauce is distinct. It can be easily seen and spotted on the supermarket shelves thanks to its bright orange and yellow label.
Overall I feel this is a good halfway house for curry lovers out there. The tikka masala sauce offers a fresh yet quite warm taste that is hard to replicate.
Once or twice a week I like to cook me and my flatmate a curry. I have neither the time, patience or money to try make an authentic sauce up and so I do buy a lot of cooking sauces rather often and bung them in the kitchen cupboard for when we need a spicy fix. Tikka Masala isn't really a favourite of mine and it was my flat mate that purchased it for us to try and the only positive in my eyes being that she did at least purchase a Sharwood's cook in sauce, which usually I like!
420g squarish see-through jar that has a black screw on/off lid to the top of it concealing a large hole. Around the neck of the jar a label tells me it is Tikka Masala and then under that there is a large orange label and on that I'm told that it is Cooking Sauce, Sharwood's Tikka Masala, medium 'A rich and delicious sauce made with tomatoes, fresh cream and a blend of aromatic spices' and that there are 172 calories per 140g serving. Other information to the sides of the label includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, the size is stated and I'm told that it's suitable for Vegetarians, I'm told how to store it and the weight is given as are the ingredients and a full nutritional chart and contact details for Sharwoods are given. It's a nice jar and informative enough.
All you do with this sauce is fry off whatever ingredients you want to use in a little oil, wait for them to brown and cook through, drain off the excess fat and then empty this sauce over the lot. Then give it all a good stir and let it simmer for as long as you wish.
The sauce has a tomato and garlic aroma to it, is thick and orange in colour and you can see flecks of coriander within it. Taste wise the sauce is made of tomatoes and you can taste the garlic, ginger and creamy yogurt and coconut within it. It is very rich in flavour and compliments vegetables curries and any type of meat or fish. It holds its consistency very well and this sized jar gives 3 generous portions (although the jar states 4).
All in all I really liked this sauce. Tangy and slightly sweet with a spicy overtone I wouldn't hesitate in buying this again. It's yet another quality sauce from Sharwood's!
Nutritional Information Per 140g Serving:
of which sugars: 7.4g
of which saturates: 5.7g
Available in all good supermarkets etc priced at around £1.37 a jar.
My favourite curry dish is deffinately tikka masala! We used to have a take away curry every friday, but now we have moved into our new house, we just treat ourselves with a curry once a month. We cant afford to have one every week anymore!
I decided if we werent going to buy a take away curry, why not try making one ourselves! I wouldnt have a clue how to make a curry from scratch! So i have tried many different brands of cooking sauces in a jar.
Sharwood's cooking sauces are deffinately not my favourite! I do prefer pataks curry sauces. Although i always think they are nothing like the real thing! I have tried so many different sauces including bhuna, rogan josh etc and none of them taste anything like the real thing to me! The only one thats tastes similar is a korma curry sauce. I quite like the pataks korma and the sharwoods one, but pataks is deffinately nicer than the sharwoods one.
This tikka masala sauce is quite spicy, not too hot, but it has a nice spicy taste. Half way through eating this i find it a bit too spicy and i dont enjoy it anymore. It is very tasty, but not creamy like real tikka masala. It is quite a thick sauce, and you dont get much of it once it is cooked. This jar would only really serve two people, it isnt enough for 3 if your like me and like a lot of sauce.
This tikka masala sauce is very easy to make. All you do is fry some chicken for about 5 minutes, then pour the sauce in over the chicken and simmer for about 20 minutes. It is lovely served with either rice or chips. We love to have naan bread and poppodoms with this.
These jars of curry sauce cost about £1.46, but they are often on offer in asda 2 jars for £2. This tikka masala sauces contains 172 calories per serving which isnt great! But a curry is a treat so who cares!
Sharwoods do other curry sauce flavours including balti, rogan josh, korma, vindaloo, madras and jalfrezi. They also do a range of other indian products to go with your meal such as naan bread, mango chutney, poppodoms and noodles.
Although this tikka masala sauce is very tasty, it is nothing like the real thing, and i only ever buy it on offer now and again. It is worth a try if you want to save money not going out for a curry, but i would recommend trying the pataks sauces, they are much nicer!
Im not a huge fan of curry sauces in a jar.... In fact I think most of them
are not really worth the money. But this one, in my opinion, is actually
Tikka Masala is my favourite curry sauce - and my regular order at my local Indian - and no jar version quite comes up to par. And although this one isn't quite up to the level of my curryhouse.... Its very very nice!
Its quite creamy and full of flavour - you can actually taste the garlic,
coriander and paprika in it, which I think is unusual for a jar sauce
because most of them remind me more of soup than curry.
It's the perfect solution for a quick and easy tea - you just need to stiry fry some chicken (which i do with some onions and peppers and garlic for more flavour), pour over your jar and let it simmer for about 10-12 mins. Have your rice boiling at the same time and then your tea is cooked with minimal effort.
But whilst your average jar easily does our family of 3, but you would probably struggle if you are feeding a family of 4. Maybe bulk it out some more with additional ingredients rather than buying another jar.
At £1.31 a jar in most supermarkets (and very often available in the poundshop)..... it's a deliciously cheap tea!!!
I like making curries at home, because let's face it - it's not always possible to go out and pay £15 for an Indian meal.
I like this particular curry sauce because it is cheap, easy to use and it tastes nice. I always think that a chicken tika is a good meal to make if you have guests coming over, because the majority of people are happy to eat chicken tika.
*********Price and nutritional content************
I normally pick this source up from my local pound shop and I pay £1 for it, but if I pick it up at the supermarket I will pay about £1.60.
As with other curry sauces this is quite high in fat 8.2 grams (4.1g saturated) per 100 grams. But let's face it, all currys are fattening and this isn't something you'd make every day.
********** What is the cooking method? **********
I usually chop up two / three chicken breasts, add them to a pan with chopped onion and peppers and then I will lightly fry them and add the tika source. I will then let it simmer for twenty minutes. If I am catering for more than two people I usually add some chopped tomatoes into the mix to make it go further, because I find that this source will only really cover two people (three at a push). I usually serve this product with rice.
************ Taste test ***********
The consistency of the sauce is quite thick, taste wise it is quite strong and full of flavour - you can taste the tika and the garlic. However it is also fairly mild (I buy the medium variety) and if you add tomatoes it is even milder. I don't think that this sauce differs much in taste from your average tika takeaway. So if you fancy a chicken tika but you don't want to pay curry shop prices then give this sauce a go!
Sharwood's Tikka Masala Curry Sauce......
In stead of cooking up a large Sunday dinner today we decided on having a nice curry. There is nothing better than a takeaway when you don't feel like cooking but feel like gorging but since we are trying to hold back on spending the pennies we decided to make our own.
Sharwood's Curry Sauce is perfect for when you want to do minimal cooking but get the maximum taste. The Sharwood's Curry Sauce range comes in various different flavours of curry ranging from the mild and creamy Korma up to the hot and spicy Jalfrezi. We decided on the Tikka Masala for the fact that we both like a tomato based curry and the tikka is not too hot either.
It is graded as a "medium" curry on the front of the jar and this is quite right but I would say more on the mild side of medium. The packaging of the curry sauce is quite appealing with a glass jar that makes it easy for recycling and a very bright orange label that shows that it is a "Tikka" that you are buying. You can see the sauce inside the clear glass jar and this too looks very nice.
The sauce smells very lovely on opening the jar and even better when cooking it up alongside the chicken. It has a very deep orange/red colour which shows that it is a curry with lots of tomato's inside. There are lots of herbs that are visible in the sauce although I don't really know what is what they look nice and taste nice within the sauce.
The sauce is easily made into a curry as all that is needed is for the sauce to be added to a chopped onion and a chopped meat (we chose chicken). We let it simmer for a around 20 minutes so the chicken could get a bit of the flavour and then served it up with some rice. It was delicious. The sauce easily covered 4 good sized chicken breasts diced up so there was plenty for just the two of us. You can certainly taste tomatoes and a nice garlic flavour comes through too. Of course the spices that make it taste like a Tikka are very noticeable and this adds to very nice taste.
The sauce sticks to the chicken well but doesn't go too gloopy like some sauces such as this do. There was plenty of sauce to mix up with the rice too and I didn't find it at all dry. It wasn't overly spicy but it still had some slight kick to it but nothing that required big gulps of water.
On the whole I think that the sauce is a really good one and for less than £2 for a jar it is well worth the money. It could easily feed four people and can work out to be fairly cheap. It compares well against a take away with both the flavour and the price and I will probably be having this instead of a takeaway more often. Although it is fairly high in fat being 8.2grams (4.1g saturated) per 100grams of sauce so I should think I won't be having it THAT often.
All in all though I would say it is a very tasty sauce compared to most and at a very good price. I will happily award a four star rating and give it a recommendation. I would like it far better if it was lower in fat with the same delicious taste but I guess it wouldn't be as nice if it had less fat!
Anyway I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I love curries and I regularly attempt to make my own sauces from scratch. However I can't get the taste right and so I usually resort to ready made jars of sauces. Ready made curry sauces can be a bit hit or miss. Sometimes they taste lovely and authentic, similar to what you would find in an Indian restaurant, but sometimes they taste foul and are quite stodgy. I find that Sharwood's Indian cooking sauces are very good and remind me of what you would find in a restaurant.
Going for a curry at a restaurant can cost over £10 so making curry from a jar is a far cheaper alternative. A 420g jar of 'Sharwood's Tikka Masala sauce' will set you back about £1.50 from Sainsbury's and this can be used for 2-3 people. Curry sauces are often on offer however and can usually be found for less than £1. When they are on offer I stock up as they will keep in the cupboard for over 1 year.
The sauce comes in an attractive clear jar with an orange, yellow and black label. In the middle is the Sharwood's logo. Through the jar you can see the vibrant orange colour of the sauce within. On the sides of the label are the nutritional information, ingredients and also a recipe for a meal that can be made using this sauce.
In terms of fat content the sauce contains 8.2g of fat in a 100g serving and 4.1g of this is saturated fat. This is quite high, and not really what you would expect from a tomato based sauce. Most of the fat probably comes from the double cream which is used in the sauce.
Tikka Masala Is a medium spiced sauce made with tomatoes, fresh cream and a blend of aromatic spices. I'm not a big fan of overly spicy foods but I find that this sauce is spot on in terms of spice. It tastes lovely and I find that it goes best with chicken, rice and naan bread. Comparing it with other sauces I find that it's less sickly than korma with a nicer taste to it, and less 'earthy' than jalfrezi, rogan josh or saag masala.
Comparing the taste to 'Uncle Ben's tikka masala' I find that Sharwood's tastes less sickly and feels less heavy which makes it more pleasurable to eat. After a few mouthfuls of 'Uncle Ben's tikka masala' I start to feel a bit bloated and sick, but this is not the case with the Sharwood's sauce.
Overall I think this is a great sauce and good value for money. If you are looking to take a step up in terms of spiciness from korma, then I would recommend this sauce.
I find making sauces from scratch just dont taste like the real thing! I am so rubbish at cooking, but can just about manage sharwoods sauce with quorn pieces, vegetables, rice and naan.
I love curry, and love going out for one with my mates, however I cant afford to do this all the time even for £7 for rice, curry, naan and popodums at my local curry house. So this sauce is the next best thing.
This sauce is one of those that you just heat up in a pan, mix in quorn and boiled vegetables and rice and you have a curry! You literally just have to heat up the sauce for 5 minutes, and I find it tastes better mixed with the rice before serving.
This sauce costs around £1.60 in Morrisons, but is often on special offer which is when I buy this particular brand. I am also a fan of pataks tikka masala sauce.
The sauce comes in a medium sized jar, with a bright orange label with the sharwoods logo on it.
This sauce is tastier than a korma, there are more flavours, its a tiny bit spicier but not enough to make me not want to eat it. I hate spicy food, and this is just right for me.
There are loads of flavours including lemon and corriander. Im not too sure what else they put in it, but it tastes really good.
There is enough sauce to make a curry for 2-3 people. If your wanting a curry for 4 people then get the larger pataks jar.
Sharwoods make a great range of sauces one of which is their Tikka Masala which I am about to review.
I was looking for a quick fix for a curry and stumbled on this rather nice version of Tikka Masala, cooked it as directed and put rice with it although chips work well too.
It tasted good just as you would expect a Tikka to taste, not too hot but just hot enough in spices and slightly sweet. It had a fruity quality too it which I quite liked and felt I would buy it again.
I have since then bought various different varieties and always end up with this one. My favorite of all curry sauces in a jar.
This sauce is suitable for vegaterians and is made with lemon and corriander. There is a light version of the sauce that boasts 50% less salt and 25% less fat and sugar so I would plump for that one if you are at all worried about your weight or health. I enjoyed the full monty.
Saves all the hastle of making your own from scratch and is very tasty.