Product Type: Weight Watchers Sauces / Soups
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Weight Watchers Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce
Member Name: i_am_joy
Weight Watchers Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce
Advantages: Low in Weight Watchers points, tasty, very simple to cook, versatile
Disadvantages: The sauce doesn't keep as well as it should in the fridge
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!
Summary: A tasty and aromatic curry in a jar
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