The Spice Tailor curry pouches(*) are designed to make ‘authentic, delicious Indian meals in just 10 minutes‘. The range includes such delights as the ever popular Korma, Tikka Marsala and Rogan Josh, but also includes less well-known sauces such as Mangalore Herb and Keralan Coconut. These are rarely found in Indian restaurants and takeaways across Britain, seemingly staying an Indian secret…until now. These two lesser-known pouches were the two I was sent to review.
Their packaging is bright and colourful, they would definitely catch your eye in a supermarket. Another great thing about the packaging is the fact that the spices are kept separate from the sauce in their own little pouch – handy to stop you from overloading on them.
The Mangalore Herb was tangy and spicy, just right for me, but not quite spicy enough for Steve. We had a little disaster in the kitchen with this one, as the instructions tell you to pour some oil in a pan and put the spices in. Steve did this and black smoke rose up from the pan. This black smoke, of course, was very spicy and we spent half an hour airing out the house before giving it another go. Let’s just say, we were a little more careful with the Keralan curry.
The pictures above are of the preparation of the Keralan Coconut curry. Learning from our mistakes with the Mangalore curry, we only added a small dash of the spice for this curry, preferring to add as we went along if needs be.
To prepare this curry, you need:
-300g firm white fish, prawns, pork, chicken, duck breast or vegetables (It’s your choice – we chose chicken)
1tsp vegetable or olive oil
THAT’S IT. Everything else is tucked away in those little pouches. The instructions tell you to:
1. Heat 1tsp of oil in a pan, add spices and cook for 20 seconds
2. Stir in the sauce along with 50ml of water and bring to the boil
3.Add your choice of meat or vegetables and simmer until they are cooked through.
Simple, easy and ready in 10 minutes. So what did we think?
As mentioned before, Steve wasn’t a total fan of the Mangalore Herb curry so it was interesting to see how this one measured up to his expectations. It was a success. Being coconut based, we were expecting a taste similar to Korma and although it was alike in some ways, this wasn’t as sweet and felt less indulgent than a Korma. Although it wasn’t as sweet, it definitely left me wanting more and I have been keeping my eyes out for these pouches ever since.
Would you give these curry pouches a try? You can buy them here for just £2.89 which I think is a total bargain for such a great product. I will definitely be repurchasing as I’m often pressed for time and a ten minute meal is right up my street.
(A * means I was sent this product free of charge for consideration of review. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and always will be.)
Prep time: 15 minutes, plus chilling and cooling time
Cook time: 45 minutes
160g plain flour
60g caster sugar
215g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 x 397g tin of condensed milk
100g light brown soft sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
150g Sainsburys Belgian milk chocolate (we used Dairy Milk instead)
50g Sainsburys Belgian white chocolate (the only white chocolate we
could find in the village was Milkybar,so we used that…lol!)
I was also sent a few other premixed drinks to try – Alfies Gin & Tonic(*) Alfies Gin & Diet Tonic(*) and Alfies Vodka & Orange(*). Apologies for the stock photo, my parents did not want me having all the fun and quickly snaffled these off me before I even got a look in – my Mum saved me just a drop of the vodka and orange 🙁
As mentioned above, I barely got a look in with these BUT I am now the greatest daughter ever. My Dad adores his gin and tonic but recently has found the bartenders (or the cans he buys) can’t get the mix quite right. My Dad and his best friend Mick tried a can out each and for a week afterwards, no word of a lie, they were begging me to find them more of these! They say that there is the perfect mix of gin to tonic and they definitely want more – so being the lovely daughter I am, I am going to buy some when I next see them in the shops.
My Mum tried the vodka and orange, leaving but a sip for me of course, and as a seasoned vodka drinker (that sounds really bad-you know what I mean), I eagerly awaited her verdict. She too came back with the statement that these are the perfect mix of each ingredient and has also informed me she wants more.
It seems next time I go grocery shopping, I shall be purchasing all of the above to keep everyone happy! You can purchase Alfie premixed cans at your local Spar, Nisa or Asda.
Would you try any of these? Do they seem like your kind of thing? Let me know – what do you think of premixed alcoholic drinks?