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I spotted a lot of different Weight Watchers products on sale in my local Poundland recently. The cookies and cakes got eaten almost straight away, but this korma sauce has lurked in my cupboard for a few weeks waiting for a good opportunity to give it a try. I have had some hit and miss experiences with this brand, but the sauce looks and sounds appetising from the way it is presented, and I couldn't pass it up for £1.00.
The korma sauce comes in a glass jar with a screw top lid. It contains 350ml of sauce which is enough to make a meal for two people, or two single servings for one. The ingredients and nutritional values are clearly stated which is a big help if you are trying to monitor your food intake and control your diet.
The sauce is a yellowish brown colour which is the standard for this sort of curry. I used it to make a chicken korma, and after sealing the chicken I stirred the whole jar of sauce into the pan. It had a lovely fragrant smell that wafted around my kitchen and was very warm and inviting. The aroma was wonderful and it was whetting my appetite as I cooked. I added in some mushrooms and raisins to boost my rations up towards 5 a day of fruit and veg, and let the whole lot simmer away for 20 minutes while stirring occasionally.
It was incredibly easy to use this sauce, you simply stir it in and let it cook through. You can add anything you fancy to the sauce which makes it versatile and you can create a meal that suits your tastes. My partner and I prefer chicken curries, so we used diced chicken as the base of the dish and then added in a few extras as well as the sauce. You could also use this for a vegetable curry as the sauce is suitable for vegetarians.
This korma sauce had the traditional thick and creamy texture that you expect from a korma, and I was surprised that a diet product could achieve that and still be a low-fat healthy option. It smelled divine and I was really looking forward to tasting it. Unfortunately the flavour of the sauce was not as pleasing as it smelled, and I found the sauce to be somewhat bland. I surprised myself with this opinion, as I usually like plain foods and am very fussy about the level of spice that I find tolerable, I usually only like very mild curries. It had a slightly fruity edge to it and it did taste very nice and creamy, but other than that the flavour was not as rounded or spicy as I expected.
The recommended serving size is one half of the jar for one person. Based on this amount the nutritional values are given as below. One serving is given 2 points on the Weight Watchers points scale. The low fat level is particularly encouraging, as is the low salt content.
Typical Nutritional Values Per 175g
Carbohydrates 14.9g - of which Sugars 3.3g
Fat 3.7g - of which Saturates 2.1g
All in all, this is a nice cooking sauce that gives a smooth creamy flavour. There's not enough depth or spice for my liking, but it does make for a quick and easy meal. I would look for these again if they were available at a good price, and see if they had any different curry flavours, or just add my own spices to create a richer flavour. Great if you're watching your diet, and a convenient way to prepare a healthy meal.
My reviews this week have been inspired from my little week away last week. One thing I struggled with was what food do we take with us? I know we would eat out some days but still would need a stocked food supply after all we're in England and never know how the great British weather is going to be.
I also wanted to keep to a minimum so we have no food that went to waste, plus caravan kitchens are not the biggest of places to store food. So I opted for some easy to use foods!
Weight Watchers Korma:
Having tried this before I knew I really liked this cooking sauce as I'm not a curry fan so to speak it was not spicy and had a nice creamy texture to it. Normally If I do cook a curry I will start from scratch, but when you're away on a break you don't want to stand round cooking marinating this and that. So this was a fast option that would have a meal quick and easy (even my partner can do this one!)
Weight Watchers Korma sauce is a light mustard colour, smooth in texture with a few almonds within the sauce that gives it a nice crunch. However the almonds are few and far between and would be nice to have a few more within the mixture.
Cooking the sauce is very easy and can be done in many ways, I tend to like mine with lots of different mushrooms. Though this a low fat sauce I don't think it lacking that much in taste, like I said I don't like spicy food so this was just right for me. Only thing I could say it would have been nice to have a little more of a creamy taste, but for a low fat curry you can not go wrong!
The smells when cooking I think is like a sweet paprika aroma with hints of cumin and coriander with a touch of a coconut after smell (if that makes sense to you all) personally I think it tastes just as good as it smells too! On first taste it's very mild with masala like after taste, the sauce is of medium thickness just right for a curry sauce.
How to use:
Well this is the easy part just cook what you would like in your korma meat, veg etc then add the sauce to warm through then serve! That easy!
What do you put with your korma?
Well there is an endless list on what you can put into your korma, like I said personally I like using different sets of mushrooms served with wild mushroom rice. But as my partner hates mushrooms if I'm cooking for the both of us I will use soya, turkey or chicken.
I've also done this with beef when my partners friends came round, I was going out with the girls and I know Joe (my partner) loves beef but I don't cook it as I don't eat it so was a nice change for him.
Also what I think is nice is cooking it with different vegetables like onions, cauliflower, carrots, peas etc which all goes rather nice together.
With the korma I do like to cook my own rice, but I think nowadays there's a great range from Tilda Rice now that it's easy to buy it and comes in many varieties to jazz up your meal. Also if you don't fancy rice there is always the option to have noodles, chips, nann or all of the above!
Price and Availability:
I noticed that when it comes to Weight Watchers Asda seems the best place to buy, but I've seen this sauce in Sainsbury's, Tesco's, Morrison's and most recently the pound shop in the Merry Hill Centre. (Guess it's a popular choice) Until the pound shop it has always been cheaper at Asda for £1.21, great value for a nice tasting curry sauce.
Contains milk, nuts and a trace of sesame seeds.
The Korma Sauce comes in a 350g gram jar - per half jar will give you:
2.1g of which is saturates
Only 2 Weight Watcher points per half jar.
This sauce helps me stay within my Weight Watcher points, it's simple, quick and easy to make. You can add what you like, and has a lovely mild taste. It's cheap to buy and available from many stores, great to stick up your cupboard for a quick meal being stuck for time or if you're having a lazy moment. Perfect for dieters that love their curry in a hurry without the huge fat content of a take away from your local!
I would give this 4 out of 5 stars as I would have liked more almonds :o)
As many of you will know about Weight Watchers but just incase - Weight Watchers is a point system eating plan which I have found very easy to follow so far. You are allocated so many points per day, and everything food/drink wise has a point value. Your aim is not to go over your set points!
Incase you would like to find more out about Weight Watchers they have a very handy and useful website.
Weight Watchers Customer Service
Telephone: 0845 345 1500
Typically I love the creamy types of curry like a korma, but this is not a good thing as they tend to have a lot more fat than the spicier kinds.
I love korma sauce and a curry is a real treat when its so high in points. Then about 18 months ago I discovered this weightwatchers Korma cooking sauce and found that it is only 2 points for half of the jar, which is a lot better than most!
My favourate way of using this is with chicken and rice like a real curry. It tastes just as good, but without all that fat. If I'm a bit short of points I sometimes substitute the chicken for vegetables, which saves a few points and is very tasty.
When I want a real treat I save up some points and have a curry with all the trimmings. nann bread, curry, rice and sometimes even an onion bahji or 2. The best part I dont have to ruin my diet for it and there's no guilt attatched.
The sauce costs between about £1 and £1.39 depending on where you shop. ASDA seem to always have them at £1 per jar, which is pretty cheap for a weightwatchers product. A jar states that it contains 2 servings, but you could stretch it to 3 or possibly even 4 if you needed to.
So the wife is on one of her diets again, and i keep finding all these Weight Watcher products in the freezer, fridge and cupboard.
The latest find was a jar of Weight Watchers Korma Sauce, sitting next to the can of coconut milk that i would normally use to make the sauce from scratch (I see you dieters frowning at me already !).
I opened up the jar, expecting a bland smell from the sauce, but it was not to dissimilar from the sharwoods korma sauce i have used in the past when i have no coconut milk in the cupboard.
So in the saucepan the sauce goes with some partly cooked chicken, on a medium heat until the chicken has cooked.
Now normally with sauces from the jar, i tend to see a ring of oil around the edge of the saucepan once the sauce gets to a good high heat, there was hardly any of this with the weight watchers sauce, and the aroma being given off from the sauce was good.
The sauce had cooked to a nice smooth consistency, so was served with the chicken and rice.
I was anticipating a boring, bland taste, but to my surprise the sauce provided a nice creamy taste, not much different from other full fat alternatives.
The 350 gram serving was enough for 2 people, and below i have taken the nutritional values for any would be buyers:
Typical Values Per 175g
of which Sugars 3.3g
of which Saturates 2.1g
Both my partner and I enjoy cooking a meal from scratch in the kitchen and that includes cooking sauces but one we just can never get right is a Korma, granted if we followed a full fat recipe we would get it near on just right but following a healthy eating plan we always found it was lacking something so when I saw that Weightwatchers had brought out come cooking sauces I thought I would give them a try as a quick fix meal.
I spotted the sauces in Asda in the aisle with all the other cooking sauces and for £1.28 per jar now bear in mind that this only serves 2 people, ok if there are just 2 of you trying to lose weight but for the family you would probably need two jars.
On the shelf was the Korma Sauce and the Tikka Massala sauce so I opted for the Korma as we can make a pretty good tikka from scratch.
The sauce itself is in a tall narrow jar exactly like the picture and contains 350g so half a jar is a serving for one person and would equal 2 points which really isn't all that bad for quite a creamy sauce.
The sauce is a mustard yellow colour and you can clearly see the flaked almonds in the sauce.
The sauce does contain milk and nuts and a trace of sesame seeds so if you have allergies to any of the above then avoid this sauce.
I looked at the ingredients and saw some familiar spices Cumin, Ginger, Coriander, Turmeric, Garam Masala, Paprika, Cardamom, Coconut Milk, Cream, lemon juice and then of course all the other ingredients which go into preserve the sauces flavour.
Per 175g the values are:-
2.1g of which is saturates
Personally I like to know the nutritional information before I buy a product as on weightwatchers if it is not already calculated in points then you can work this out to see if it is an option for you.
The sauce is just poured over vegetables, chicken or prawns and simmered gently until all the ingredients are cooked, usually for about 20 minutes or so.
As a great curry lover I will be honest and say that this sauce is not the best and if you are not on a diet then I would say opt for the full fat version if you want to sample something that tastes like it has been prepared in the restaurant.
The sauce is tasty don't get me wrong and certainly not too spicy but there is something lacking and that is probably a higher cream content as although the sauce is thick and has a creamy consistency it is not as creamy to taste.
I would buy this product again as it is low in points and not overly expensive and my partner enjoyed it as well for a bit of a change. So if you are not too brave in the kitchen but want something to fit in with your diet then this product could well be it.