The Crazy Kitchen: The Spice Tailor Indian Sauces - Review

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Monday, 14 May 2012

The Spice Tailor Indian Sauces - Review

The Spice Tailor has a new range of authentic tasting Indian sauces that have been developed by TV chef Anjum Anand. There are 7 sauces in the range - Delicate Korma Curry, Mangalore Herb Curry, Original Tikka Masala, Rustic Rogan Josh, Keralan Coconut Curry, Punjabi Tomato Curry and Spiced Spinach Curry.


The idea of the sauces is to create a variety of different dishes from the same base ingredients by adding your own choice of meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables or vegetarian ingredient such as Tofu or Paneer. The sauces are two part and consist of a spice mix and then a sauce. You fry the spices off slightly and then add the sauce & main ingredient that you've chosen. Cooking only takes around ten minutes from start to finish and you end up with a great tasting authentic dish.
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I was sent the Tikka Masala and Keralan Coconut Curry to try out and made them both at the same time with Turkey thigh. Although each dish would serve 2-3 as a main meal we shared them between a few adults and we each had a taster of each, served with plain Basmati rice.


The Tikka Masala comes with the spices, a base and a sauce. The spices consisted of black cardamom, green cardamom, fenugreek, clove, cinnamon and an optional whole chilli (which I included). They were fried off for a few seconds before adding the turkey, then the base sauce and then finally the main sauce. The Masala sauce was really tasty, and not too spicy - although I did eat the chilli and it almost blew my head off, I wasn't sure whether I was supposed to crush or chop it before adding so left it whole.


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The Keralan Coconut Curry is a much milder curry but full of a lot of different flavours. It also has an optional chilli, curry leaves and mustard seeds. Again I wasn't sure whether I was suppose to crush the spices so left them all whole.


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I love the way that you can make such a great tasting curry so quickly with these sauces and can choose to add the additional chilli to vary the spiciness of it, as well as choosing to add whichever main ingredient you want. The reverse of the packaging and website also includes some ideas to tailor the dish to meet your own tastes, such as squeezing in lime, adding cream, dried fruits and nuts.


If I made these again I think I would crush the chilli to add some spiciness more evenly throughout the dish, but apart from that they both had a thumbs up from all of the taste testers.


The Spice Tailor sauces are available to purchase online for £2.89 each with free p&p over £15 or at Waitrose stores.

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