At 25p, Tesco Everday Value Curry sauce for a 440g jar was worth a try, this is atleast a quarter of the price of other brands some of which are only slightly bigger. The sauce has had an upgrade, it's not canned anymore with the old red and blue stripes but is now jarred with a white label depicting relevant orange and red pictures- it's not under 10p anymore either....
The sauce contains no artificial colours or MSG, is chinese style with onions and sultana's and a quarter jar contains 65 calories which appears less than other curries so that's good. The colour is an okay mid brown that looks very similar to the more expensive branded ones.
The jar is easy to open, and easy to pour. The sauce itself smells alright and looks alright, however it's a thin one. I counted 4 sultana's in the last jar I had, no identifiable onions either although I could taste them so they must be in there. To be fair I don't expect much for 25p....
What does it taste like?
Cheap Chip shop curry so I tend to use it as such, I just heat it through on the hob for a few minutes and have it with chips. I have on occasion used it with chicken but wouldn't bother to use it again as a replacement for a 'proper' curry. Some jars I've had have tasted better than others. The last one was alot better than the previous one, which was just about edible, and I'd got them at the same time. The curry I would say is of mild heat and tastes bog standard but is on the thin side with a synthetic under tone. I think I'd rather a smaller jar with less water in it, if you see what I mean.
I have repurchased it so it can't be too bad and the price is enough to give it a go.
What are you on about!
Tesco Value Curry Sauce
I love a bargain as much as the next person, but 7p? 7P for a tin of curry sauce? Well, that happens to be how much Tesco's were charging and being on a budget I decided to give it a try. After all, if it was vile I'd only lose 7p. Well 21p because I didn't think a single tin was enough to make a decent size curry for my family of 3 with some left over for my partners lunch the next day.
Opening the tin I saw a browny yellow sauce with oil around the edges. Tipping into the pan with chicken and potatos it came out with with a most satisfying schlurp and landed like a lump of jelly, gradually becoming more liquid as it heats up.
Picking up the second can I noticed it had a 'new recipe' logo on it. The cans were slightly different, the old one offering a chicken curry recipe, the new one doesn't.
It also looks slightly different, its more liquid, there iisn't the oil noticeable but its exactly the same colour.
I did see several brown lumps floating around which did raise a few concerns, but on closer inspection turned out to be sultanas. I'm presuming other unidentifiable things were onions. The colours not too bad, a brown that tinges on the yellow, like a darker korma, not off-putting anyway.
I don't generally like yellowy brown stuff but I'd my expensive chicken in it, so by damn it was getting eaten.
Anyway its on the table now with rice and naan bread.
Its actually quite good reminiscent of mulligatawny soup. It is quite thin, devoid of any cream or yoghurt so common in Indian foods. The spice is nothing more than a little spike at the back of the throat to begin with, spreading to a mild warm glow.
Lets not fool ourselves its not Indian at all (Although I did see 2 Asian gentlemen once with a whole trolley full making me wonder if there was at least 1 restaurant was trying to cut costs!)
Its a good family food cupboard staple, its mild enough for the fussiest eater but not spoiled by adding extra spices to make it perfect for all.
I'm a fan of giving the value range of most products at least a shot before I decide to dismiss them as cheap tat. Some things pass the test (peanut and cashew nuts for two), somethings don't - I'm still on the fence with this curry sauce however.
It's cheap as heck (I forget the current price as it seems to vary each week and by store - usually it's somewhere between 10p and 20p a tin) and will be sitting either with the beans and whatnot or in the 'ethnic' section of the supermarket and is dressed in the usual Tesco Value livery.
The taste? Underwhelming. A look at the ingredients reveals a list of things you'd genuinely find in a bog standard curry sauce - although it seems it not very large quantities. The style of flavour of this curry sauce is quite a fruity one,it has sultanas in it and is in no way spicy. The flavour needs a considerable kick up the backside.
I do have a tin of this on standby in the cupboard for if times really do get bad, so in that way I don't want to really slag it off. However to make it something you'll vaguely enjoy eating, you're going to have to add many things to it. I find myself adding cooked chicken (remember this is just a sauce), salt, a spoon or 2 of curry paste out of the fridge and anything else I can find in my cupboard - namely chilli to give it some sort of heat. Basically after adding all that, I do wonder why I didn't just buy one which had some real flavour to it in the first place.
So yes, buy it by all means but you've really got to manage those expectations.
I really should have known better to buy Tesco's Value Curry Sauce - which comes in a can. What on earth possessed me I will never really know. But I was making a chicken curry for dinner and I thought I would cut a few corners. Usually I would opt for one of the branded curry sauces (which are usually also disappointing), but I saw this last minute and so just threw it into the trolley. I really shouldn't have!
How could I possibly expect a quality product that cost me only 4p. Yes......I did say 4p. Basically, like the rest of the Tesco Value range, the cost was very low and I guess I was hoping that I may have found a gem (I have found some great bargain value products in this range in the past). But 5p really did seem to be scraping the barrel. It came in a traditional tin can with the Tesco's Value logo - it had a picture of an okay looking curry on the front of the label. It didn't look like a premium product, but then I guess this is the point of the value range.
When I opened the tin I have to say that I thought it looked a little like dog food.....well infact what comes out of the dog after he's eaten the dog food (sorry.....I know that was probably unnecessarily vulgar!). It was a tan brown colour and it had unidentifiable lumps within it which, according to the packaging, were onions and sultanas. It did look very runny and not very rich - but I hoped this would improve once it had been heated through. The initial smell wasn't too bad as it did smell like curry, although that kind of curry that you had when you were having school dinners. It certainly wasn't identifiable as a korma, or a tikka massala or a vindaloo - or any other Indian curry that I can think of. But it did have a curry smell of sorts.
I added the sauce to some chicken, onions, and tomatoes - and it looked "okay". It was passable as a curry and luckily the sauce did thicken up as I heated it up but I would still have liked it thicker. It didn't coat the meat as well as I would have liked. However, I didn't like the flavour at all. It did remind me exactly as school curry as it was incredibly mild and really didn't taste very curry like at all. I do think that curries should be spicy and this simply wasn't. It was the type of thing that you might feed to a toddler if you were trying to introduce them to new tastes and didn't want to go for anything too distinctive. It was very sweet, which I don't mind in itself, but I think with the sultanas as well, it was actually too sweet. Its not that it tasted disgusting....it didn't.....its just that it didn't taste very good. To be honest, it made good quality chicken taste like one of those processed frozen currys that you might buy which, again may not be bad, but they're not great either.
I know it only cost 4p and so I really shouldn't expect too much - but I know I won't be buying it again. I would rather spend a little more and get a better quality product.
I spotted this product on the shelf in Tesco a few months back, and i must admit that i did walk past it on a number of trips and keep noticing it before i made the decision to buy it. The 4p price it was at that point (8p now) was the thing that made me go for it in the end, as for that price, if you had to bin it when you opened it, you would not feel obliged to eat it or it is the end of the world.
Normally i like to cook from scratch which includes curry sauces. I occasionally buy one now the kids are that bit older (2 and 3) and have started showing a liking for spicier food. Not that spicy though. I tend to be a bit heavy handed with the spices, so i will buy this every now and again so we can all eat the same meal rather than cook two different ones. I have purchased it several times, and they and my husband have eaten it every time without complaint, so i would say that is pretty successful.
So, what are you getting for your 8p, and is it worth it?
The tin looks fairly basic and unappealing i have to say. Then again, you would have to pay more for it to be more attractive. The tin is ringpull, and has a paper covering. It is mostly red on the back, with a red stripe round the middle on the front. There is a picture of what the sauce looks like when made up, and the blue and white tesco stripes logo with the word value underneath.
On opening the tin, the sauce looks like curry. (Good start.) It is the orangey brown colour that you would expect. It is quite a smooth sauce with some sultanas visible. It also looks quite glossy/shiny like a takeaway sauce does. It doesn't have an overpowering spicy smell as it is a fairly mild curry sauce. It reminds me a lot of the curry sauce that you can buy in chip shops (particularly with the sultanas in there). Personally i really like this type of sauce. I used to work in a chippy and be responsible for making up the sauces, and it is on a par with the spiciness and texture, although the thickness would depend on who had made up the sauce in my experience.
How can you use it?
Personally speaking, i would not open this and serve it without adding something to it as our main meal of the day. I would not feel it offered us enough nutritionally. Tonight i fried off some onions, browned some chicken, added red and yellow peppers, some diced carrots and broccoli, cooking for a few minutes before adding the sauce. I then added 2 tins of the sauce to the pan and left it on a low heat (stirring occasionally) while my rice was cooking. If i were just having a snack tea i might serve it on its own with chips or wedges. It would taste ok like that. I think it tastes a little sweet to me, and my 3 year old thought it a little spicy, but did eat it all so it didn't put him off.
One can contains 390g of the product, and is said to serve 2 people. I cooked 2 tins tonight (though i did also rinse the tins with a little water and add that) and i have enough left for another meal for at least 1 adult and 2 kids. I will probably add a tin of chopped tomatoes and it will make another meal.
The ingredients in this sauce are:
Water, tomato puree, onion, vegetable oil, sugar, modified maize starch, wheat flour, spices (including celery), sultanas, salt, acidity regulator, and garlic powder.
Half a can (one persons portion) contains 180 calories, 7.8 g of fat (0.5g of saturated fat), 1.8g of fibre, and 0.5g of sodium. I am not a nutritionist but i try to watch what we eat when it comes to processed food, and it does not seem too bad to me.
Allergy wise, it advises that it contains wheat, gluten and celery, and although it does not contain nuts and the factory in which it was made did not use nuts they cannot guarantee it is nut free.
So, what you get for your 8p is a reasonably tasty curry sauce that will more than likely get eaten at least once unless you are quite fussy or don't like even mildly spicy food.
When i make curry sauce i would use a tin of tomatoes, as well as an onion, some garlic, turmeric, paprika, ginger and a bit of chilli powder. Although i pick up some good bargains buying spices in bulk, i cannot match the 8p they sell this for.
If my budget needs a bit of help (which lets face it we all have some months with more days than money) then this is a good buy for making sure your family are fed well. If they don't see the tin they would not even be able to tell it is a value version. A great contribution from Tesco.
After reading quite a few positive reviews on here, I decided I wanted to try the Tesco Value Curry Sauce. I went to a big Tesco near me and found a can, although sadly it was 18p, not the 8p it is reported to be by some reviewers! 18p is still very cheap, however.
The tin has the Tesco Value packaging which is red, white and blue. There is a picture of the curry sauce as part of a meal on the front. Nutritional information is also included. The sauce is, luckily, suitable for vegetarians.
The can opens with a ring pull, which is very handy. I always associate ring pulls with more expensive tins so this was a pleasant surprise! Inside, the sauce is a brownish 'curry' colour, quite thick, and you can see the sultanas in it.
I decided to make a vegetable curry for my tea. I put some rice on to boil, then fried half an onion and half a chilli in some oil, added some pre-boiled cauliflower and broccoli, stirred in half a can of sauce and left it to simmer for 20 minutes as per the instructions. When the time was up I poured it out onto my plate. The sauce had gone darker through cooking and slightly more runny, to make it into a normal 'curry sauce' consistency.
I thought that the sauce had a decent curry flavour, rather like the curry sauce you get on chips. It was very mild I thought, so I was glad I added half a chilli. I did think it was a little too sweet for me, I personally would not choose to add sultanas to curry. The sauce was slightly more bland than I like, so when I had the other half of the can the following night, I added some spices like cumin and coriander which definitely improved the flavour.
Overall, I did enjoy this curry sauce but it was a little too bland and sweet for me. I normally make curries using curry paste and coconut milk and they are very spicy and flavoursome. If you are used to having pre-made curry sauce out of a jar you will probably like this. It is certainly very cheap and, nice considering what you pay for it. I would consider buying the sauce again if I was seriously strapped for cash, but for now I will be sticking to my Patak's curry paste.
Modified Maize Starch
Acidity Regulator(citric acid)
NUTRITION Per Half Can
TESCO VALUE CURRY SAUCE
I love curry and one of the best value curry sauces in my opinion is the Tesco Value one. At just 8p (USED TO BE 4P!!) for a 390g tin it has to be a bargain!
The tin has a ring pull on the top, quite simple to open, although can be a little tricky if you have weak wrists, and has the typical Value Range look to the label, it is a white background with a red band round the centre saying Curry Sauce. Above this is the Tesco Value logo and below it are the nutritional values, so the packaging is not overly exciting. There is a picture of a plate of curry and rice on the label too.
On the back of the label it describes the sauce as "A mild curry sauce with onions and sultanas". It also has the ingredients here and the nutrition in more detail
Modified Maize Starch
Acidity Regulator(citric acid)
NUTRITION Per Half a Can
Although the label says it is a mild curry sauce I personally find it quite hot, it is definatly not what I would call a mild sauce, however this depends on what you are use to. After opening the tin the curry has a lovely spicy smell to it, really a typical curry smell, it is not overpowering but not too mild either. There are a few sultanas and onion bits in there but they are few and far between, really it needs more ingredients added to it. I always put more onions and sultanas in along with mushrooms chopped apple and some baked beans(value range) you could put whatever you wanted in the to bulk it out a bit.
The sauce works very well with both meat and vegetarian mince and it also makes an ideal sauce for a vegetable curry, and for a quick "cheat "dinner Ipour it over pasta with grated cheese on top, give it a try!
Its an excellent price very good value for money
Makes a quick cheap easy meal
Suitable for vegetarians
You need to add more ingredients to bulk it out a bit.
I would definatly recommend trying this sauce!
My wife and I were out shopping recently and we spotted this curry sauce priced at only 8p for a 390g can and for that very cheap price from the Tesco Value range of products, she just had to buy it and give it a try as it looked quite nice on the shelf.
It comes in a can with a ring pull lid and in the usual colours of red and blue basic colours of the lower range of products and it can easily be spotted on the shelf.
Inside the contents is a thick mushy creamy sauce, a dull orange colour and it smells quite nice on opening the can, although it was not very appealing and it can be placed in a pan and heated up quite quickly and the texture is smooth.
It tastes quite sweet and is very bland in my opinion and I am not a picky eater but it does not have much of a curry taste and does not taste very nice but for the low price my wife thought she would just add it to vegetables and meat and add a little bit of curry powder to enhance the flavour a little bit more as the thickness of the sauce is quite good and once the curry powder was added it had a lot more flavour.
It has tiny onions and sultanas in the sauce but I could not taste them but with the sultanas it makes it quite a sweet sauce and it is very mild in flavour.
It can be added to Chicken or any meat and it can be placed into a casserole dish or saucepan and simmered for approximately 10 to 15 minutes and then served with Rice or pasta.
Half a can contains 180 calories, 2.5g protein, 23.8g carbohydrate, 7.8g fat and 1.8g of fibre.
I do think this curry sauce is fine to be used to give thickness to a curry dish but I did not particularly enjoy it straight from the can but once extra curry powder was added it tasted fine.
I will not be buying this again but since it was only 8p it did not break the bank.
I rate it 2 stars.
When it comes to supermarkets 'cheap' products, be it Tesco 'Value', Asda 'Smartprice' or Sainsbury's 'Basic', a lot of shoppers are quick to dismiss or avoid them all together. As a rule, it is put in our heads that brand products are 'the best' and cheaper, value products are 'bad'. However, the reality is, a lot of these cheaper, value products come from the same factories as well known brand products - we as consumers are simply paying for the brand name, not the contents of the tin.
It was only by chance that I was told about this curry sauce by my Mum. A few weeks earlier I had picked up a jar of curry sauce from Asda for 5p, and told my Mum about it. She was rather impressed. However, a few days ago she got back to me with a better deal - curry sauce in a tin for 4p! And there was me thinking my bargain couldn't be outdone! I'm definitely one for a bargain, and after trying the 5p Asda curry, I couldn't say no to trying this one from Tesco for a penny cheaper.
This 'Tesco Value Curry Sauce' is obviously only available to purchase in Tesco stores. You will find it in the cooking sauces aisle amongst the other curry type items. In my particular Tesco, this gem was sitting ignored on the bottom shelf - and if I hadn't been specifically looking for it, I wouldn't have even seen it. So keep an eye out!
With a ridiculously low price tag of 4p, you can't really go wrong with adding this to your basket. Compared to the price of branded curry sauces, or even just Tesco's own brand sauce, this curry sauce really is value for money!
'Tesco Value Curry Sauce' comes packaged in a ring-pull tin. Not a jar. A TIN! So when looking for it - be sure you're not looking for this in a jar. The label on the tin is pretty basic to look at, predominantly white in colour and clearly states "Tesco Value" on the front. The front of the label has a picture of the curry sauce ontop of a bed of rice, as a serving suggestion, and states what the product is 'Curry Sauce' in large, bold text. The tin front also states that the curry sauce is mild, and gives the nutritional information at a glance for half a tin.
The back of the tin states a little more about the product, stating 'A mild curry sauce with onions and sultanas'. Allergy advice, full nutritional information for half a tin and 100g and the ingredients are listed clearly. Instructions for storage are listed along with the weight of the contents, disposal information for the tin and contact details for the Tesco company. There is also a recipe suggestion, to serve two people, to make a chicken curry with rice (which can also be used to make curry with lamb, beef, turkey, prawns or vegetables).
The 'Tesco Value Curry Sauce' looks exactly like the curry sauce you get from a chip shop. It is a mild shade of orangey brown in colour and although alone it doesn't look like very much, you have to remember that this is purely a sauce, not the meal, and therefore should be treated as an ingredient. Adding your meat and vegetables to the sauce will definitely add the appetising look.
Upon opening the tin there is a distinct curry smell, which reminded me greatly of chip shop. However, this is definitely not an 'indian curry' scent, more of a chinese curry smell, mildly spicy and delicious. As for taste - this curry sauce again did remind me greatly of chip shop curry. The flavour was definately tasty, and a little spicy. The tin states that the curry sauce is 'mild', which is a fair description, as it does have a little spicy bite, but nothing too serious to frighten the tastebuds. It is suprising to find a cheaper product that doesn't lack in taste, and this sauce sure does deliver.
The sauce itself is a little on the thin side compared to some more expensive curry sauces, however this doesn't detract from the overall taste, and if you prefer a thicker curry, you can always add a spoonful of cornflour or thickening granuals, or to bulk up the meal you can add a handful of vegetables. For 4p, you can't really complain about the sauce being somewhat thin, but the positive side of consistancy of the sauce is that it does go a long way without losing the delicious curry flavour.
The curry sauce is probably mostly used to make a super tasty meat or vegetable curry to be served up with rice and accompanied by naan bread. However, due to the slightly runny consistancy, I would love to try heating this sauce up on the hob and pouring it over some home made chips for a chip shop style treat!
The ingredients in 'Tesco Value Curry Sauce' are pretty basic, but it's nice to see that there aren't any nasty fillers or additives that are commonly found in some cheaper products. The ingredients are as follows: Water, tomato puree, onion, vegetable oil, sugar, modified maize starch, wheat flour, spices (contains celery), sultanas, salt, acidity regulator (citric acid), garlic powder.
After making a chicken curry for my tea using this sauce, I'd definitely recommend it. For 4p, you can't really go wrong. The only downside to the 'Tesco Value Curry Sauce' is that it states on the back of the tin that the sauce contains onion and sultanas. However, in the tin I purchased there was only 1 single sultana, and 1 piece of onion. This was a little dissapointing, but for 4p I can't really complain. The curry sauce is a great foundation for making a meal from, adding your meat or vegetables of choice and serving with rice makes for a tasty, filling and cheap meal. Definitely a winner for me, and will be heading back to Tesco to stock up.
Tesco value range curry sauce is a mild flavoured curry sauce with onions and sultanas - it is comparable in appearance and taste to some curry sauces that you get at fish n chip shops but not to the chinese style curry sauce.
The writing on the can gives a simple recipe to make a chicken curry (although you could use any meat or prawns and vegetables), I have used this currry sauce to make a chicken curry and found out that it tasted just like a Tesco value Chicken curry Ready Meal: rather bland with a sweet after taste. I personally prefer a hotter curry and Iam not overly keen on the sultanas. In my opinion this curry sauce is best used as an added ingredienet to a curry made with a curry paste or ground spices to help bulk the curry out; the sauce isnt strong in taste so it doesnt take over the whole flavour of the curry but gives it a little extra flavour.
The last time I purchased this curry sauce I think it was 9p a can! - which is very cheap and good value indeed, I brought 10 cans I think - they are always useful to have in.
what is it...?
It is literally what it says on the tin a value curry sauce. It comes in a tin in 390grams weight and the usual blue, white, and red label with instructions, ingredients and nutritional information. There is also a photo of a frying pan full of curry and a spoon with some chicken and sultanas smothered in the sauce.
is it convenient?
Yes, very convenient. You simply sizzle your meat/vegetables/fish for a few minutes, cover with the sauce and leave to simmer until cooked through. To top it off, the can has a ring pull which was amazing for their value range, I hope other items in the range will follow suit. Things don't come much easier than that!
but is it any good?
Actually yes. We were both more than a little surprised at how nice it was. It was of a medium strength, slightly fruity and not too dry or too creamy. We had ours with Quorn 'chicken' pieces, some sultanas and stir-fry vegetables - however, I could see it going quite well with prawns or beef too. And, as with all good curries - the flat smelt lovely for ages after cooking it!
The ingredients are fairly basic without too many nasties added: water, tomato puree, onion, vegetable oil, sugar, modified maize starch, wheat flour, spices, sultanas, salt, citric acid, and garlic powder. The reason I am particularly impressed by this is that I have found a lot of saccharin or aspartame added to other economy versions of cooking sauces of which I am quite sensitive to and often suffer bad stomach problems as a result. It just goes to show that there is no need for those nasty chemicals.
The tin states the sauce to be mild which I believe would be too hot for those who enjoy korma or tikka masala. There are not enough sultanas or onion added, I would recommend you to add your own.
YES!!! At 4 pence per tin, with a ring pull and no nasty additives added - I do not see any reasons to give anything but 5 stars for this great product and we will certainly be buying this on a regular basis from now on.
Every couple of weeks, I get my husband to pop into Tesco. I give him a list of a few bargains, I want him to pick up, but for some reason he can never stick to it!!! Without fail, he always manages to add extras to the bill.
A couple of week ago, I scanned the receipt and was just about to comment on the 2 tins of curry sauce, I hadn't asked for. Just before the words escaped my mouth, I saw the price........4p!!!!! I could hardly believe my eyes. How can Tesco afford to make anything for 4p! I have to admit that I thought it was going to be awful, but how wrong I was. Okay, it wasn't the most exciting, taste bud tingling sauce I have ever had, but for 4p, it was a revelation.
Tesco Value Curry Sauce comes in a metal can, with an easy pull top lid. When you open the tin, you smell a gentle curry smell. It is a mild curry and it does smell very mild, the colour is quite pale too. Thickness wise, it is not too bad, just a little thin, but not watery. You can see the onion and sultanas in it, but it is obvious that it doesn't have a great deal of ingredients.
I used the sauce to make a basic chicken curry. As all my family are vegetarian, I use chicken style quorn, which I fried in some sunflower oil. I added the contents of the can, a few chopped baby tomatoes I had in the fridge and simmered for around 15 minutes, while this was simmering, I made some boiled rice. When I had dished some out for myself and my daughter, my husband added some curry powder to the pan and mixed it in, as both he and our sons like quite a hot curry.
Water, Tomato Puree, Onion (10%), Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Wheat Flour, Spices (contains Celery), Sultanas (1.5%), Salt, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Garlic Powder.
This curry sauce is suitable for vegetarians (that's a relief!)
*Nutritional Value Per 100g*
Calories - 90
Protein - 1.3g
Carbohydrate - 12.2g
of which sugars - 3.6g
Fat - 4.0g
of which saturates - 0.3g
mono-unsaturates - 2.6g
polyunsaturates - 1.0g
Fibre - 0.9g
Sodium - 0.3g
Salt Equivalent - 0.7g
My family and I all enjoyed our curry. I am not a great fan of spicy food, so was happy that it was mild. If you like a hot curry, it would be a good idea to add some curry powder, as my husband did. If you wanted to liven it up even more, you could add some more ingredients. I added some chopped, baby tomatoes, but only because they needed using up. It did make a difference though, giving it more flavour and added texture.
At 4p a tin, this is definately worth 5 stars. Although it wasn't the tasted sauce ever, it was still very edible for something so cheap. If you are really feeling the pinch, this sauce helps to make a very affordable meal!
Curry sauce in a can, you say? Well, I never! Don't think much of that idea! What's that you say? It's only 4p? Okay, dear, put it in, we'll give it a go.
Now, I'm sure most people would look at the facts and worry immensely about this product. Tesco Value range, a tin of curry sauce (tin!), and it only costs 4p! Surely this is a recipe for disaster, right?
Wrong! Look beyond the alarm bells that ring as soon as you lay eyes on this, in amongst the beautifully presented jars of curry sauce, or if it's presented in amongst products you would expect to see in a tin. This tesco value product is a winner! The tin is a regular size, as you would expect a tin of baked beans, and it has the regular Value packaging, blue and white colours.
It's also easy to open. I much prefer tins with ring pulls on the top. It makes it so much easier to open than one requiring a tin opener. This is another bonus. Grabbing the ring and opening it, I expected the sauce to have a layer of oily grease across the top, but to my pleasant surprise, it didn't. It looked like a regular curry sauce. The smell was quite nice as well. Slightly spicy, with a hint of sweetness.
We used it with some chunks of chicken. We added the sauce, and it took about 15 minutes to cook before we served it up for dinner, using tesco value rice! We used regular chicken, which was naturally the most expensive part of the meal, but having this 4p sauce and dirt cheap rice softened the cost a lot.
I was still unsure, and didn't know what to expect of the taste. After we had finished, my wife and I both agreed that although it wasn't the best curry sauce we had ever tasted by any means, it was still very nice, and surprisingly so. The initial taste has elements of spice and sweetness in a clever mix, and there are sultanas in there as well. It doesn't taste particularly greasy or yucky, but after a few mouthfuls, it's worth noting that the sweetness becomes the overall factor in the aftertaste. This may not appeal to some, but I quite liked it.
I would say that it comes in at a medium sort of level of spice, if you were to compare it to other guidelines on regular curry sauces. The can does say it's mild, and while it may depend on your personal opinion, this is merely a guideline, and it's how I felt when comparing sauces.
Nutritionally, the whole can will give you 360 calories. I would say that the sauce comfortably serves two when mixed with the right amount of other ingredients, with the whole can giving you 14g of sugar and just over 15g of fat. This isn't too bad, especially for curry sauces which can be really high in calories as a general rule.
I really recommend this. It is ridiculously cheap, it is easy to open, quick to cook, tastes nice and is just as nice as a lot of other sauces out there. It's not the best, for sure, but for the price you pay, it's an absolute steal. Super bargain. The only thing stopping it being 5 stars is that it's not the best and it can get quite sweet and sickly after a while. Didn't particularly bother me, might bother some. Either way, really good value for this product.
This sauce is available for the crazy old price of 4p, I only read about it by being on the money saving expert dot com forums and I barely believed it. So I thought that I needed to try said sauce and make my own judgements on it.
Having never seen the product before ever I doubted its very existence so I went toddling off to Tesco after work, luckily I work next door but one to a Tesco Extra, I find Tesco very expensive but convenient unfortunately.
Upon winging my way around the store I came across the sauces aisle and had a shufty up and down trying to locate the 4p saucy stuff. I looked 3 times and was geting a bit wound up when I saw someone crouching down by the stuff.
Bowling them out of the way with my handbag I swooped in their space and scooped up a couple of tins of sauce (well ok maybe I politely waited for them to finish shopping from the shelf first).
Ok, so the sauce was very well hidden. Sneaky Tesco. I should have known having worked in this very store many moons ago. It was on the last shelf with space for it to be 1 tin wide and therefore very unnoticeable, so make sure you have your specs on and keep your eyes out. Barely visible. It is true that people tend to shop at eye level so the phrase 'look low and high' really pays off in these huge palaces of mass consumerism as they love to hide away the lower value things at the bottom and whack on the middle shelves the dear branded items so keep your eyes everywhere in the supermarkets.
So my thoughts on the sauce?
The packaging is excellent. It is a tin with a ring pull. And why is this good? Well of course you can shove the tin in with the recycling which is a wonderful thing. A sauce for 4 pennies with a ring pull on are you having a larf? Well no actually it really is that good. I could barely believe with a quick flick of the hand the lid easily came off. Since when do cheaper items have ring pulls? We are very lucky with this product! Look out for the predominantly white paper covering with red band as per usual with value items. The size is 390g.
The smell of the sauce is fantastic. I could barely believe it had cost me 4p. It just smells of generic curry sauce, very fragrant and it makes you want to taste it, we were very pleasantly surprised thus far. The first sort of note to hit you is the slightly fruity sultanarey (sic) smell wafting about, this is the biggest part of the smell and whereas I am not the biggest sultana fan I felt it did suit the sauce well.
I tipped the tinover my chicken and leek which were slowly simmering in the pan. There is nothing watery about this sauce. Its got substance!!! It is not gloopy and thick like some of the sauces you have to bang the bottom and scrape to get out, it just eagerly makes its way into your chosen pan with no coaxing required and the balance is just right.
The colour, well we were laughing when we put it in the pan saying 'well does it seem so appealing now??' It was quite a lurid yellowy orange colour and did not look particularly appealing, but not offensive either, it was just a bit of a funny colour. It did not really put us off. The odd Mr. Sultana was occasionally spotted whilst cooking through. The whole bottom floor of my home smelled of curry and was quite pungent, in fact this morning the central heating has made the smell even stronger and having an open walkway between lounge and kitchen makes this even worse as I type this. Haha.
The sauce as was cooking, cooked through exceptionally well and retained all colour and texture and we were both eager to try it so we dished up, pulled the naans out of the oven (I want to make my own but they turn out rubbish!) and took a seat in front of the telly and we went for it.
The first thing you notice, as with the smell really, is the slightly fruity base. The sauce really is not classed as spicy, like I say it is a very generic sauce with few sort of Indian ingredients. It is therefore very mild. I am more about spicy curries than fruity curries (such as Malayans which contain pineapple and are fruity and coconutty). Due to the fact I had my leeks in I feel it improved the taste and added a bit more interest to the whole meal. The sauce was easily mopped up by big chunks of overcooked naan bread (thanks OH).
I think by adding lots of your own ingredients the meal can be greatly improved, I would not use this sauce just with one ingredient i.e. chicken as it would prove slightly disappointing. Get your veggies in there. Next time I am going to put a lot more vegetables in it, I think cubed potato, carrot and cauliflower should make it pretty substantial and whack some curry powder, chilli and garlic in the whole mix.
The ingredients list for your perusal as follows!! Water, Tomato Purée, Onion (10%), Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Modified Maize Starch, Wheat Flour, Spices (contains Celery), Sultanas (1.5%), Salt, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Garlic Powder.
As you can see very simple ingredients and so easy to make yourself but could you make it yourself for 4p? No chance, I think it must be a loss leader in Tesco i.e. something cheap to get you in to buy other things kind of thing.
Per 100g calorific value
Energy 380kJ (90kcal)
mono unsaturates 2.6g
*Salt Equivalent 0.7g
Now I would presume you could make yourself and yours will contain less salt and maybe less fat but the cost would be a lot more of course.
In conclusion. 4 whole pence for a tin of cooking sauce for your tea, which can be improved if you so wish with addition of some basic houehold cupboard ingredients, I am almost loathe to buy a jar of something richer.
Experimenting I think is key, I have only had this once with no additions, and I will continue to purchase and see what I can do with this basic, excellent value sauce.
Buy just one tin on your next shop and see what you think.