“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cooking Sauce „
I don't like korma because of the coconut content. So why am I writing about this. Why did I do anything such as cook with something containing an ingredient I really don't like? Because I temporarily became a citizen of Numptyopolis.
Yes I did that thing at the supermarket where I picked up the wrong jar of curry sauce and, obviously, didn't notice my mistake till I was well into the cooking process. My favourite cook in curry sauce of choice is chicken tikka masala, and that is what I thought I was happily in the process of starting to make when I noticed my mistake.
Seeing as it would cost me more to get to the supermarket, and then go through the palaver of them changing it for me, I decided to give it a go.
I like to cook the chicken through first, then let the meat cook in the sauce on a low heat for about fifteen minutes, or however long the rice takes.
The first indication of whether or not you are going to enjoy a meal is that point when the kitchen starts to fill up with delicious smells. And the kitchen did indeed fill with smells. Not unpleasant smells, but not quite the aroma I am used to when cooking chicken tikka masala. There is usually quite a noticeable flavour filling the air when it is chicken tikka masala time in my house.
I knew I was going to be in for a rather bland time and this was not helped by the fact that I was making plain old boiled white rice, rather than pilau. Oh I also forgot to get any coriander nan.
Well the rice and chicken korma as it turned out I would now be having, was plonked onto the plate and my bum was firmly planted in front of the telly, and I got stuck in.
I was pleasantly surprised, but don't get carried away yet, I am not a korma convert. What I really dislike about coconut is the fact that it is impossible to chew and has the most horrid texture and feel in your mouth. The last time I had korma, it was completely made from scratch and had noticeable pieces of coconut in it. I don't mind the taste of coconut too much, I just find it unmanageably bland, but that horrible texture kills it for me.
This sauce I am glad to say didn't have noticeable lumps of coconut, you could though notice the coconut flavour, which will be good news for those who like a coconutty korma. With regard to tasting like a curry, it is rather dull and bland, in my opinion. In its favour this might be a good introduction to spicy foods for children or those with a fussy taste.
I'm not a big fan of extremely spicy currys and as a result Korma's are probably my favourite. I've tried a variety of korma sauces in the past but had never tried this one from Tesco's so thought it was worth a try.
Like most other korma sauces, you add it onto your chosen meat such as chicken or lamb when there is around five minutes cooking time left. This bottle is good enough for preparing a korma for at least two people and possibly even a few more.
This creamy milky sauce contains coconut, almonds & onions, but the big question how does it actually taste? Well it's not that bad as far as korma sauces ago but I've gotta say the flavour isn't as strong as others have tryed. So if you like your sauces light, this might be the one for you.
On a positive though this light taste is the result of less salt and therefore it contains less calories than many other sauces out there. A bottle will set you back just under a quid so it's good value too.
If you're planning on cooking a korma & want a light and relatively healthy sauce, this might be the one to go for!
Korma just has to be my favourite curry sauce and I have tried lots of different jars of the sauce now from different manufacturers but this one from Tesco is my preferred choice. Tesco describe this as a mildly spiced creamy sauce with coconut, onions and ground almonds.
It comes in a 500g jar and costs £0.86
The label has a picture of the Taj Mahal and also a picture of some chicken korma and rice as the serving suggestion. The label also tells you that it is mildly spicy and that it now has 50% less salt.
Water, Single Cream (14%), Coconut Milk (10%), Onion (9%), Coconut Cream (7%), Lemon Juice from Concentrate, Sugar, Ground Almonds (4%), Vegetable Oil, Modified Maize Starch, Whey Powder, Salt, Ginger Pureé, Garlic, Acidity Regulators (Lactic acid, Citric acid), Coriander, Garam Masala , Cumin, Cardamom, Colour(Paprika extract), Turmeric Extract.
Garam Masala contains:Coriander, Cassia, Cumin, Ginger, Celery, Black Pepper, Cloves, Pimento, Fennel, Dill, Aniseed, Mace.
This is suitable for vegetarians but not for those who are allergic to milk, celery or nuts.
One serving contains 272 kcal, 11.8g sugar, 20.9g at, 1.2g salt.
I find this sauce very easy to use. Just cook your chicken or prawns then add the sauce and let simmer for 10 minutes until it's all hot, easy. The sauce is quite thick and not always easy to get out of the jar, I usually have to resort to a spoon after holding the jar upside down over the pan with nothing happening!!
The sauce has a nice colour (a pale honey colour) and has a slight texture to it, (not sure if this is the almonds).
It has a mild spice notice on it, which I would say it is at the bottom of this level. I don't find it at all hot or spicy.
On the down side, although they have reduced the salt by 50% it still accounts for 20% of your daily allowance and 30% of your fat allowance (guess that's the single cream!).
Will that stop me eating it...probably not, unless I come across another jar that I like even more.