Curry Night with Spice Pots
Spice Pots is a recent discovery. These spice blends make homemade curry's taste rich and delicious - almost restaurant quality. What I really loved was that the recipes tend to use very little fat, so if you're watching your weight, make Slimming World recipes or following the WW diet plan then Spice Pots would be a good investment. They tick many boxes too - as well as being vegan, they're 100% natural, gluten free, sugar free, salt free and nut free. Oh, and if that wasn't enough, all of the packaging is recyclable too.
Make Curry Night home-style
I bought the Curry Night Kit. The kit includes four perfectly blended family-favourite spice mixes and a recipe book to guide you through making authentic, homemade curry recipes. Each pot contains 40g of the spice blend, which is enough for 8 servings.
The spices are packed into individual 'paint pot' style tins. Once you've used them up, don't throw away the tins as you can order refills. All packaging is fully recyclable and I love this sustainable element to the brand.
Spice Blends in the Curry Night Kit include:
Coriander, cumin, turmeric, chilli, cinnamon, fenugreek, cloves, black pepper, cardamom.
Coriander, cumin, mustard seeds, fennel, fenugreek, chilli
Tandoori Masala (medium):
Coriander, cumin, chilli powder, black pepper, cinnamon, fenugreek, cardamom, cloves, ginger powder. garlic powder, nutmeg.
Coriander, cumin, chilli, fennel, cloves, turmeric, black pepper, fenugreek, cinnamon, cardamom.
Make easy to create, quick, delicious & healthy Indian-inspired food at home
The Spice Pots purpose
Spice Pots are clear about their mission: to make it easy to create quick, delicious and healthy Indian-inspired food at home. And I can personally vouch that you can do exactly that, but, there are some things that I would probably bear in mind.
Make it quick ... but with time to spare
Yes, you can create a quick, healthy meal using the Spice Pots blends. I adapted their Lamb Bhuna recipe and swapped out the lamb for chicken which obviously saves cooking time. From first chop of the vegetables to serving up, you could easily make a tasty homemade Chicken Bhuna Curry in around 45 minutes. Other recipes take only 30 minutes. But like all the curries that I make from scratch, I prefer to slow cook over a low heat to ensure the spices don't burn and give the sauce amply time to develop and thicken. I think a curry always tastes better on the second day, so if I'm making a recipe for Friday curry night, I'll always start on the Thursday.
Make delicious and healthy Indian-inspired food
As I've already mentioned, most of the recipes that Spice Pots have devised use very little fat. The curries aren't swimming in oil or have a greasy after-taste. Having said that it would be easy to add a little indulgence by running through some single cream, a knob of butter or a tablespoon of mango chutney. On the flip side, any recipe that does feature things like coconut milk or cream can easily be swapped with low fat alternatives - important for those of us who are watching our waistlines or struggling with lockdown weight gain.
Adapt the recipes to save time and use up what's in the fridge
Use fish and chicken for speed and bulk out any of the recipes with extra vegetables. It's the perfect way to use up any leftovers - throw in peppers that are starting to wrinkle, mushrooms that need to be used up or even green beans. If you like things spicy add in some fresh chilli or for a milder option, just hold back on spice blend.
Ideal for the Slimming World and WW diet plans
Having tried both Slimming World and WW in the past, Spice Pots are great for followers of these plans. Cooking from scratch is central to these diets so would fit seamlessly into a meal plan. As we've already suggested, you can swap out any fats for lighter options and add in free or speed foods into the recipes.
Easy recipes for a home-style Curry Night
The recipe book that is included with the kit features the following:
Chicken Tikka Masala: this is a two step version of marinating and cooking the chicken, then making the sauce.
Goan Fish Curry: Easy and quick for a weeknight supper.
Lamb Bhuna: You can swap this recipe to chicken like I did and save on cooking time.
Goan Chicken & Lentil Curry: Ready in 30 minutes and with the option to add a handful of spinach for colour, flavour and a boost of iron!
Prawn Korma: Another one that can be on the table in under 30 minutes.
Goan Beef Curry: With 10 different spices in the mix, it is full of flavour and offers a little bit of heat!
Bhuna Butter Chicken: a Spice Pots invention and one I can't wait to try!
Chicken Korma: Mild and fragrant with a creamy sauce using yogurt, coconut milk and ground almonds.
There are more than 100 recipes on the Spice Pots website: www.spicepots.com
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