jennyjj01 wrote: ↑Mon Feb 19, 2024 9:21 pm
I'm looking for suggestions please. British Indian Restaurant* style curry sauces. Best value for money with long shelf life...... And simple to prepare.
This request comes from me realising that cooking an indian meal from scratch is not something to do under stress, ill, or 'under fire'
For pasta sauces or sweet & sour, I have my go-to jars, but I seldom buy quality curries in jars or kits. I don't even know whether I should be buying in paste form, sauce jar form, or made up spice mix.
So. I'm thinking something like Sharwoods or Pataks...... Or the BEST value supermarket own brand!*
In an ideal world, it would be one pot super simple with minimum need for added ingredients. Package size would be small and efficient to serve TWO-THREE portions
*I have considered the dead cheap Morrison's curry sauce, and the Mayflower powder mix, which are both great value. But indulge me with something more authentic.
Preferred curries: Rogan Josh, Dopiaza, Balti, Jalfrezi.
Spice Tailor chickpea masala is superb. Their rogan josh is different to what I remember in restaurants, not quite as nice as the chickpea, but still quite nice. I've not tried an others. They have a long shelf life. They aren't cheap. I split them. You are supposed to add meat or veg, but I haven't added anything so far. On their website they have 10-30 minute recipes with other ingredients eg Spiced Chickpea Wreath with veg and pastry, omg that sounds nice. The chickpea does 3 meals at a stretch (4 in the wreath recipe). It claims to be 400g, but you have to measure out 120g to split it into 3. I only by it when it's on offer. I get Sains long life naans 2 for 69p. These only have about 3 months, but that's ok. Rotation isn't a problem. I don't keep loads. If I use 3, I can freeze one. I should try some of the other varieties. The rogan josh needs something adding for texture. I don't eat meat, so maybe some quorn pieces. The chickpea has huge chickpeas in it, whole. On behalf of the board, I will do some further testing of other varieties.
You get 3 bags, one has spices in which are whole seed pods and leaves, which you fry for 20 secs, then you add one sauce and simmer, then you add the third and simmer. Naan takes 3.5 minutes in air fryer.
Sorry, this isn't 'value range', but they are 'more authentic'...