OK, OK, OK. I know I’m always going on about making my own sauces, but for 25p?
I’m on a budget remember, and need to make the pennies stretch.
Hubby and I are in week two of our weight reduction ‘episode’, so as weigh in day isn’t until Saturday, I could cheat when making curry for our main meal today.
Ingredients: serves 4
2 chicken breasts £3
1 large onion 10p
1 small carrot 6p
other half of green pepper 30p
handful sultanas 5p
1 glove garlic pence
Value jar curry sauce 25p (I kid you not, just 25p for four servings)
I cut the chicken into cubes and together with the sultanas heated them with half an inch of water in the saucepan.
Note: I prefer to cook my meat first, and the sultanas would absorb some of the liquid to become plump and juicy.
When cooked, I added the other sliced ingredients and cooked until soft.
I then drained off the excess liquid before adding my jar of sauce.
Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for ten minutes (just the right amount of time to cook the rice).
I served it with boiled rice (everyone has their own preference for quantity and type).
When food shopping , I always read the labels.
It may say it is low fat or low calorie, but that could mean it’s higher in salt and sugar (used as preservatives), so be careful.
These figures are per portion (1/4 of a jar = 110g) not the whole thing, so you can see it is high in salt (0.9g, some 15% of the adult daily allowance) and also sugars as they account for almost 50% of the carbohydrates. The fats are also quite high being 1.3g plus another gram for saturates.
However, if you look at it quickly, you think you’re doing OK and this is good for you because it’s low in calories (57 kcal).
BUT, if you think about the volume you are about to eat, it is a sauce after all, you’re using up quite a bit of your daily allowances on very little substance.
Now for the actual ingredients:
tomato puree 9%
modified maize starch
curry powder **
acidity regulator lactic acid
** curry powder contains tumeric, corriander, rice flour, fenugreek, cumin seed, mustard seed, ginger, salt, black pepper, paprika, nutmeg, chili, fennel seed.
You can see why it was only 25p, but it was OK in a watery kind of way!
Ingredients are supposed to be listed in order of highest percentage. I found it amusing that the only percentages given were for the tomato puree and the sultanas.
I did not find a single sultana in the sauce, though I may have seen a portion of one as it was going into the pot, neither could I taste the coconut and the garlic was probably my own!
But for the money, it was passable.
Now, if I’d made it myself, I would have used a chicken stock cube, a little cornflour for thickening, a teaspoon of curry powder (spice jar from supermarket) and half a teaspoon of tumeric (also from supermarket).
As I didn’t have cornflour, curry powder or tumeric in my cupboard, you can see why I cheated.
This will now be rectified next shopping day.