“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Sauces „
I have to say I am a fan of the Weight Watchers Brand. When I was at my biggest a size 22 I used to go to the meetings have my weekly weigh-ins and it was all good fun. Now the monthly pass and weekly amount has gone a little high I tend to follow it at home. It's just as easy and simple to do, and buying the Weight Watchers products I find helps as it is already pointed for you. I'm now a size 14 which is slowly becoming a size 12!
Weight Watchers Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce 350g:
I do love my curries and so does my partner so we always like to have a curry on a Friday or Saturday night. Normally I will pick between the WW Korma or their Masala and I think they are both great. They are a lot healthier than going to you local take-way so you can feel pretty much guilt free.
I've used this sauce quite a lot over the past few years and what is great you can add your own filling really making it your own curry; but a quicker one as you're not having to make the sauce yourself. If you have ever had tikka masala sauce from a take away before you will notice that it has thick consistency, rather sweet and some times a little oily.
With the Weight Watchers sauce you don't have that oily look nor is it over sweet, for me it is just right. I love the mild spice within the mix with that tiny bit of sweetness which you get hints of the coriander, curry paste, paprika and cumin all combining well together, indeed a very morish curry.
The colour of the sauce is a dark orangey/red colour and you can see the chopped coriander within the mix. Consistency of the sauce is more medium than thick like from an Indian, still great for dipping too!
Personally I think it's hard to tell that this is a low-fat curry as it still has a good taste and that comfort food feeling. It does say medium but I'm a right baby when it comes to hot/spicy curries and for me I think this is rather mild than medium.
When cooking I use quorn pieces, mushrooms, and a few dices onions; the smell is very appertising and you just can't wait until everything is cooked! It not as authentic as a homemade curry but this is really darn close.
This sure is a taste bud treat its creamy then you taste an array of mixed spices then the mild sweet aftertaste; texture is just right and tastes even better when the rice soaks up the sauce - yummy!
Well being as I don't eat meat I will do mine with quorn or maybe just mushrooms or both. I have also done this with a mix of vegetables but I think that works better in a Korma. My partner being a meat eater if we have had friends around I have done one with chicken and mine with quorn and my partner loves it when done with chicken.
I do cook it longer when using chicken placing it in the oven for the chicken to go very tender. Another thing I really enjoy if doing this just for myself, it takes longer but very much worth it. Is to take some small potatoes cut them into squared boil them for around 10 minutes and add them to a hot frying pan with some olive oil to crisp the edges up. Then add in your sauce and mushrooms and cook for around 20-30 minutes.
For me that is plan easy warming/comfort food and you don't have to worry about being high in fat!
For people that follow the Weight Watchers point system this sauce per half jar will only set you pack two points, don't forget you have to add all the stuff you add to it also!
3.5 grams of sugar
3.6 grams of fat
0.7 grams of saturated fat
Allergy Advice: - Contains milk.
This product does not contain nuts or sesame however it is produced in a factory that uses nuts and sesame ingredients.
Suitable for Vegetarians.
Price and Availability:
This jar costs around £1.49 though it is occasionally on offer for only £1.00 I have also seen this in my local pound shop at the Merry Hill Shopping Centre and also in Bargain Madness for only 89p! A total bargain in my eyes, a meal which will easily serve two to three people.
I can not really fault this curry; it's simple, versatile, cheap and tastes great. I have also served this to friends and family which they have all liked, unless there just trying to be nice of course!
For only 89p when adding your filling and accompaniments I find this will serve up to three people so very cheap and cheerful depending what you're adding to your mix.
Five out of five stars from me.
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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!
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Water , Onion (10%) , Lemon Juice from Concentrate , Yogurt (6%) , Curry Paste (5%) (Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Water, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Garlic, Onion, Salt, Coriander Leaf, Ginger, Coriander , Cumin, Cardamom, Paprika, Cinnamon, Cumin Seeds, Fennel, Cloves, Chilli Powder, Fenugreek, Acetic Acid, Black Pepper , Black Onion Seeds) , Skimmed Milk Powder , Maize Starch , Sugar , Concentrated Tomato Purée (2%) , Double Cream (1.5%) , Coriander Leaf (1.5%) , Colour: Paprika Extract , Chilli Powder .
I normally avoid over priced foods because they are specifically for diets but when i saw WeightWatchers Tikka Masala Sauce with coriander on offer in Asda, i thought i would give it a go.
Although i like spicy foods, where curry is concerned i do like a lighter flavour and i am not the biggest lover of Indian Food. However, this sauce suprised me. It is packed with taste and flavours and is very low fat so it suits me!
The sauce comes in a 350g jar and the label says it is a medium strength tangy Masala sauce. I found it quite mild and great tasting. The sauce has a mix of spices blended with yogurt and cream and coriander.
Half a jar contains 2 points on the Weight Watchers diet and 0.7g saturated fat, 123 calories per half jar.
The sauce can be eaten with all descriptions of foods, including Chicken, Beef, Prawns, Pork or with vegetables if you want the veggie option, as it is suitable for vegetarians.
The sauce can be added to a stir fry or can be added to the meat or vegetables and cooked in the oven. Just delicious and filling!
Chicken Tikka Masala - apparently this is Britain's number one favourite dish.
Of course, there's nothing authentically Indian about it at all but that hasn't stopped it spreading over the globe. It's a favourite for a reason: chicken in a tangy sauce, usually based on tomatoes, cream, yoghurt and spices. Yum. As well as being served in restaurants and take-aways it's a popular cooking sauce for home use as well.
So how does the Weight Watchers version stand up?
The jar serves two, so each half has 175g, 130 calories, and 2 Weight Watchers points. It's a very thick sauce.
It's a pretty standard 'fry the chicken for a bit then add sauce and simmer for a bit', so very simple. I've experimented with using turkey pieces, pork pieces and quorn as well as chicken and they all work very well. I'm sure it would make a lovely veggie curry as well.
I've even just bunged everything in the slow cooker for a couple of hours and got a very good result.
The sauce is extremely thick and you'll have to scrape around the jar a bit to get it all out. Actually, because it is so thick I find I have to add a bit of water during cooking otherwise it starts sticking at the bottom and burning, so what I do now is add it to get the sauce out of the jar. I pour out what I can, add an inch or so of water, put the lid back on, shake, and then pour out the rest of the slightly diluted sauce. Saves a lot of waste.
The important bit! Well, you wouldn't know this was a reduced-fat version. It tastes absolutely wonderful and the flavours soak well into the meat, and you get plenty of sauce. It's described as medium strength but I'd say it's quite mild. I only started eating Indian food a couple of years ago, as I hadn't liked what I'd tried in the past as too hot, but this is something you don't need asbestos taste-buds to enjoy if you've got someone a bit unsure. Although personally, I'm quite getting into the hotter stuff now and think this could do with a smidgeon more kick. Sometimes I'll throw in some dried chilli flakes to perk it up a bit.
It's a very 'warming/comforting' taste. My other half loves it too and hasn't noticed anything untoward or 'low fat' about it.
Very good flavour, low calorie and WW points if you are craving an Indian, easy to cook with and goes well with different meats.
So thick you might waste some in the jar unless you put some water in and give it a shake, a little bit too mild.
This has become a regular in my kitchen cupboard, even though I no longer go to Weightwatchers.
I am trying to eat healthily and lose a bit of weight, however my partner enjoys the odd curry, so I was on the look out for something that combined both Indian food and weightloss. I came across this Weight Watcher Tikka Masala cooking sauce and thought it looked perfect.
Weight Watchers describe this product as 'A medium strength tangy Tikka Masala sauce with a delicate mix of spices blended with yogurt and cream, and finished with aromatic coriander'. It comes in a glass jar with a black screw top lid, and you will find it in most supermarkets along with the other cook-in sauces.
Half a jar of this sauce, which works out at 175 grams, contains 2 Weight Watchers points. It has 130 calories, 3.5 grams of sugar, 3.6 grams of fat and 0.7 grams of saturated fat. These are all impressively low values for a jar of creamy curry sauce.
The sauce is easy to use. Just fry some chicken pieces and then when they are browned, add the sauce to the frying pan. The jar states that you should then simmer it for 20 minutes, but I found that after 10 minutes it was completely cooked through and starting to reduce.
The curry sauce is quite thick and not at all watery like some cheap sauces. It is not very strong though and I would definitely say it is 'mild' rather than 'medium', as although you can taste spices they are not at all overwhelming. The sauce actually tastes quite light and fruity, with a bit of a tomato-y edge to it. It is quite pleasant but not very much like the tikka masalas you would get in restaurants.
This made a perfectly acceptable curry and my partner seemed pleased enough with it. You wouldn't really notice it was low fat and so I think it is a good product, though anyone looking for a really spicy curry had best go elsewhere!
This 350 gram jar of sauce usually costs £1.22 from Asda, but at the moment it is on offer for just £1, which makes it good value compared to other similar sauces, especially seeing as diet options are often more expensive than regular ones.
Of course if you want to make this meal even healthier and lower in fat, you could use quorn pieces or tofu instead of chicken, and wholewheat brown rice instead of white rice.
This is a really grim tikka masala sauce. I sometimes try weight watchers branded foods, when I am feeling particularly fat and want to treat myself but know I shouldn't. I have to say I shouldn't bother. The way weight watchers cut back on the fat and calories is by eithering ditching the taste or the portion size. I try not to fall for it anymore!
This would be ok as a sauce if it didn't claim to be a tikka masala! It is orange but that's about it - it is a little lacking in flavour and is definitely lacking some cream and therefore comes across as a bit watery tasting, even though it is initially thick when you add it to the pan. I guess that's how they cut back on the calories and fat! Basically I wouldn't mind it if there was nothing else in but I certainly would not call it tikka masala. It didn't taste like a curry at all to me. I have had stronger kormas!
The sauce is very smooth and you cannot see many ingredients in there. This makes it pretty synthetic looking as well as tasting.
This is not as good tasting as other jars. However, if you are following the weight watchers plan and are desperate for a curry, be my guest! It about £1.40 for a jar, so quite inline with other sauces in jars.
For each half jar there is 130 calories, 0.7g of saturated fat and 2 points.
A visit to Asda (as opposed to my local Tescos) to stock up on Weight Watchers food I discovered they did a range of sauces, this seemed ideal as I'm always the one eating alone.
This sauce is tikka masala with coriander, this is a medium strength tangy tikka masala sauce with a delicate mix of spices blended with yogurt and cram, and finished with aromatic coriander. The jar size is 350g, half of the jar equates to 2 points, representing 130 calories and 0.7g of saturated fat.
The serving suggestion for this (albeit in very small writing) suggests spraying a pan lightly with low fat cooking spray, add 150g (5oz) of diced skinless chicken breast and cook for 5 minutes until browned. Add half the jar of sauce, simmer gently, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked. Serve with 50g (1.5oz) dried weight of basmati rice boiled according to the cooking instructions. Ensure product is piping hot throughout before serving, this gives a points value per serving of 7. You can even bulk this out further with weight watchers poppadoms or naan breads.
This product does contain milk and may contain traces of nuts or sesame seeds. Product should be kept in a cool dry place. Product life is well over 12 months - so good staple for keeping in the cupboard.
Unlike wth sweet and sour sauce with was more sour than sweet, this is a pleasantly tasting product - I do feel at a points value of 7 this starts to push on the high side particulary if you add the naan, however treats are always nice - and you could put this in that catagory.
I saw this Tikka sauce from the Weight Watchers range on special offer in Asda recently for £1 a jar, it usually retails at around £1.29 according to their website. As I love a good curry but can't really have them on the plan without wasting loads of points, I decided to try it and see if it was really as tasty as a normal tikka sauce would be.
Half of the 350g jar contains 130 calories and 0.7g of saturated fat which equates to 2 points per half jar serving. I liked the fact that the jar is intended to make two servings as with only me and my husband to feed we would usually split a much bigger jar or have leftovers.
I have tried this sauce with both chicken breast and with quorn pieces as my husband is veggie. With both I have to say I was really impressed with the flavour, the texture and the consistency. It is a really simple product, you just tip it over your choice of meat or veggies and simmer for around 20 mins. I have added mushrooms to it to fill it out a bit with the quorn and it worked perfectly well.
You can tell while cooking that there is very little fat in this sauce, no oily residue round the pan and it does stick so you have to keep stirring it but thats no bother to me!
The taste is great although to my mind it is a little on the mild side. I like my curries to have a bit of a kick to them and I think this could handle a bit more spice, but the main tomatoey curry flavour is very nice. You can taste all the curry spices too and the jar confirms that it does indeed contain the basics such as cumin, curry paste, paprika and coriander.
The colour is a bright orange but not so bright as to be neon like some other sauces can be. It does retain a nice thick consistency which I watered down slightly with some water as we had naan breads and I wanted extra sauce for dipping.
It is very difficult to tell from the finished product that you are eating such a low fat version of an old classic and to my mind thats what I want from this kind of product. I do not want to feel like I am being deprived of anything. I ate this with a measured quantity of rice for 3 points and a weight watchers naan for 1.5, with 1 point added for the quorn pieces this meant I enjoyed a fabulously tasty curry meal for 7.5 points! I am very pleased with that!
I would highly recommend this sauce to anyone following the WW plan or even just if you are following a low fat diet, I even think it is worth the full price tag - but if you see it on offer even better! I am now going to try their other sauces, I spotted a korma version which is next on my list to try.
I'm not a food snob (honest), but i usually only cook from scratch. I find it cheaper, fresher and usually tasier. Besides, i find nothing more theraputic than locking myself in the kitchen and creating something magical. That all came to an end when i got a slipped disc. I'm awaiting surgery and can't stand for longer than about ten minutes, so elaborate meals are a thing of the past for now. Jars and packets have no become my life savers.
About weight watchers sauce:
They say it is a medium strength tangy sauce with a delicate mix of spices blended with yogurt an cream and finished with coriander.
You can buy a 350g jar from any supermarket for £1.29. The jar serves 2 and is 2 weight watcher points per portion of sauce. I'd say if you were cooking for a family then there are many other cheaper options available than this. It contains milk and may have trace of nuts ans sesame seeds for those with allergies.
How i make it:
They say just add to chicken and cook for 20 minutes. I don't do this. I also add extra onions, peppers and extra spices for a chunkier texture and a spicer taste.
What i think:
The sauce itself is bright orange. Looking at it, it appears creamy and the spices and small dice of onions are immediately visable. The sauce is not runny or watery. The sauce contains a huge array of spices ginger, coriander and cumin. This is an aromatic sauce and the spices really come through. I prefer extra heat and that is why i add the chilli. To me this is mild, but i am a hot curry lover. I also like the fact that it is a low fat product. Usually watching your weight would mean a no no for a curry, but this is great. Im not saying it tastes as good as a curry from the indian, or even perhaps as good as some of the full fat sauces of this kind available that are much richer and creamier, but it does stand on it's own too feet. I serve mine with Tilda microwavable pilau rice and a little mango chutney and its a great, quick evening meal.
For anyone watching the calories this is great. If that's not a concern then stick to the full fat version.
I am now back into the swing of Weight Watchers after an appalling month long diversion into 'naughty foods' over Christmas, so decided to stock up on some of their foods so I could keep an easy track of my points allowance without worrying too much about weighing and measuring.
One thing I bought in Sainsbury's was a Tikka Masala cooking sauce that I'd never seen before, reading the label I saw it contained only two Weight Watchers points in half a jar which is much fewer than the authentic Indian curry I make when my granddaughters' visit. I obviously wasn't expecting a home made flavour from this curry sauce, but thought that if I liked it then this would make incorporating a curry into my eating plan so much easier.
Using this sauce you can make a Chicken Tikka Masala in just 20 minutes and when served with rice half a jar makes a very substantial meal. I browned my diced chicken in a very small amount of oil, added some thinly sliced carrots and onions then poured the sauce into the pan and let it simmer for 15 minutes or so. I found the cooking process extremely simple and imagine even someone with no cooking skills whatsoever could manage to put together a curry using this cooking sauce.
While the sauce was warming through I thought it looked a bit sticky, but after it had simmered for a few minutes this settled down and the consistency looked creamy and much more appetising. It seemed to coat the chicken nicely and was thick enough to cling to the meat with each fork full, I found the flavour of the sauce didn't penetrate terribly deeply into the chicken which wasn't a problem for me but if you like a deep curry flavour then I think you might not be satisfied with this sauce.
The flavour of the Tikka Masala is surprisingly authentic, and I say 'surprisingly' as I've eaten a Weight Watchers Prawn Curry in the past which tasted of neither prawn nor curry! It's quite spicy but definitely not overly so, I'd say it was a little spicier than a mild curry but not as hot as a Tikka you'd buy from an Indian restaurant. Perfect for me actually as since I had a wisdom tooth removed last year I have found it increasingly difficult to manage spicy foods, this is a dumbed down version of Tikka Masala and is very nice indeed.
There's a nice blend of spices used to create this Tikka Masala sauce, none of which can be immediately picked out but once you read the ingredients list you'll soon realise that that underlying warmth was ginger or the herby flavour was obviously coriander. I think this subtle spiciness works really well with the creaminess of the sauce and draws attention to the overall flavours of the meal rather than individual ingredients all jostling for your attention.
I live alone and quickly realised that by using half a jar I was throwing away the other half as it doesn't keep well in the fridge after opening even when poured into an airtight container. This was annoying as I didn't want curry two days running for my tea, but can't bear to waste food like this. I played around for a bit and found a lovely way to use up the other half a jar of sauce - just defrost some king prawns, warm them in the sauce for 5 - 10 minutes over a low heat and then spoon into a pitta bread lined with lettuce and tomato slices. A delicious low fat lunch which means you don't waste any of the sauce.
I'll definitely buy this sauce again and have since bought a jar of Weight Watchers Korma sauce which I plan to have with diced turkey at the weekend, for a measly two points it's much more diet friendly than a home made curry loaded with sunflower oil and ghee! If you're not following the Weight Watchers plan then I'd still recommend it as it doesn't taste like diet food at all in my opinion and is of a similar quality to the larger branded cooking sauces. Per serving there are 130 calories and 3.6g of fat, which is much better than the 7.2g of fat found in Patak's equivalent Tikka sauce.
A jar costs £1.29 usually but most supermarkets have it on offer at the moment for £1 a jar which is excellent value compared to the other Tikka sauces on the shelf which ranged in price from £1.40 to over £2, plus this way I have the added bonus of being helped to lose pounds as well as save them!