Are you a curry in a hurry fan?

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I am a huge curry fan, as I am sure I have posted on my instagram enough to make this clear. I make a variety of different curries and the fundraising ebook features a chickpea, spinach and beetroot curry. I was lucky enough to have a fabulous friend at University who taught me how to make traditional curries from scratch. For this I will be eternally grateful, although it has its draw backs, I am spoilt now. I cannot buy pre made sauces for the reason that they not only always disappoint me, but also because I now have multiple allergies and avoidances, and pre made sauces are guaranteed to have something in them that I cannot eat.

I actually love cooking fortunately, but my husband won’t mind me telling you that he is not confident in the kitchen. He is enthusiastic but not experimental, and certainly would not attempt to make something like a curry without instructions and even then he would worry about it turning out badly. Consequently I cook everyday and am in charge of our meal prep, which consists of 5 or 6 meals for myself and 6 meals for Mr Medicinal Kitchen.

I know he wishes he could help me out more, he has attempted a couple of the celebrities recipes, which he found far more time consuming and complicated than suggested on the cover. So you can imagine the delight when I discovered Punjaban sauce range at the Allergy North show this last weekend.

I took home the Butter Chicken curry base, which is described as “An all-in-one complete curry base made by using fresh onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes infused with special Punjabi spices.” I was delighted that the PRODUCT DOES NOT CONTAIN: Sugar, Wheat, Dairy, Ghee, Gluten, Yeast, Artificial Colourings, Coconut, Nuts, Preservatives, Additives and is also free from soya.

As I am allergic to so many things this sauce is perfect. Although it is called Butter chicken you don’t need to add butter and here is what I did.

Ingredients – 3 GSN chicken breaths defrosted, 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 yellow pepper, 1 large white onion, 1 dessert spoon Biona coconut “butter” spread, 1/2 cup Alpro coconut milk, 1 inch square of block creamed coconut sliced very thinly. (I specifically left out additional spices to try the sauce)

Method – I sliced up the chicken and melted a tsps of coconut oil in a wok. I added the chicken and as it started to brown I added the Bona butter. When it had melted and coated all the chicken I turned the heat down to medium and added the diced onion and peppers. After cooking for 5 minutes I added the jar of sauce, the coconut milk, and the grated coconut cream. Stir this thoroughly and bring to a gentle simmer.  I let it cook for 15 minutes stirring regularly and allowing the flavours to infuse. Adding the coconut made it a little milder and mire like a masala strength.

I found the sauce an extremely pleasant flavour, the balance was lovely, not too tomato orientated and not too hot. I am not a huge fan of ginger and although that is contained in this I found it subtle enough to not put me off buying it again, and to allow me to enjoy this.

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I decided to look at the website to see how badly my pocket would be hit. Usually when I find something as friendly as this to my diet it costs a phenomenal amount of money. Imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to see this only costs £2.50 from the website. I will be purchasing some to keep in my cupboard for emergencies and my husband was so excited as his meals could be more interesting when he has to survive without me!

Having been privileged enough to meet Punjaban themselves at the Allergy show, I can honestly say the contact we had with their customer services ordering through the website is as positive and friendly as in person, and as for the sauces if the rest of the range is as lovely as this, I know at least one person in our house that cannot wait to consume them. I am considering the possibility of Mr Medicinal Kitchen overdosing?

Seriously though I think he is quite looking forward to being able to actually cook for me for a change. With this tool in the cupboard he won’t have to worry about over or under spicing the meal.

I would say if you are at all unsure about cooking a curry this is the perfect allergy friendly starting point.

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I even had the leftovers at work the next day, just as good as the night before.

To have a look at the product range here is the link

http://www.punjaban.co.uk/shop-online/curry-bases/butter-chicken-curry-base-detail

 

I am a huge curry fan, as I am sure I have posted on my instagram enough to make this clear. I make a variety of different curries and the fundraising ebook features a chickpea, spinach and beetroot curry. I was lucky enough to have a fabulous friend at University who taught me how to make traditional curries from scratch. For this I will be eternally grateful, although it has its draw backs, I am spoilt now. I cannot buy pre made sauces for the reason that they not only always disappoint me, but also because I now have multiple allergies and avoidances, and pre made sauces are guaranteed to have something in them that I cannot eat.

I actually love cooking fortunately, but my husband won’t mind me telling you that he is not confident in the kitchen. He is enthusiastic but not experimental, and certainly would not attempt to make something like a curry without instructions and even then he would worry about it turning out badly. Consequently I cook everyday and am in charge of our meal prep, which consists of 5 or 6 meals for myself and 6 meals for Mr Medicinal Kitchen.

I know he wishes he could help me out more, he has attempted a couple of the celebrities recipes, which he found far more time consuming and complicated than suggested on the cover. So you can imagine the delight when I discovered Punjaban sauce range at the Allergy North show this last weekend.

I took home the Butter Chicken curry base, which is described as “An all-in-one complete curry base made by using fresh onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes infused with special Punjabi spices.” I was delighted that the PRODUCT DOES NOT CONTAIN: Sugar, Wheat, Dairy, Ghee, Gluten, Yeast, Artificial Colourings, Coconut, Nuts, Preservatives, Additives and is also free from soya.

As I am allergic to so many things this sauce is perfect. Although it is called Butter chicken you don’t need to add butter and here is what I did.

Ingredients – 3 GSN chicken breaths defrosted, 1/2 green pepper, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 yellow pepper, 1 large white onion, 1 dessert spoon Biona coconut “butter” spread, 1/2 cup Alpro coconut milk, 1 inch square of block creamed coconut sliced very thinly. (I specifically left out additional spices to try the sauce)

Method – I sliced up the chicken and melted a tsps of coconut oil in a wok. I added the chicken and as it started to brown I added the Bona butter. When it had melted and coated all the chicken I turned the heat down to medium and added the diced onion and peppers. After cooking for 5 minutes I added the jar of sauce, the coconut milk, and the grated coconut cream. Stir this thoroughly and bring to a gentle simmer.  I let it cook for 15 minutes stirring regularly and allowing the flavours to infuse. Adding the coconut made it a little milder and mire like a masala strength.

I found the sauce an extremely pleasant flavour, the balance was lovely, not too tomato orientated and not too hot. I am not a huge fan of ginger and although that is contained in this I found it subtle enough to not put me off buying it again, and to allow me to enjoy this.

IMG_20141027_202358 IMG_20141027_202507

I decided to look at the website to see how badly my pocket would be hit. Usually when I find something as friendly as this to my diet it costs a phenomenal amount of money. Imagine how pleasantly surprised I was to see this only costs £2.50 from the website. I will be purchasing some to keep in my cupboard for emergencies and my husband was so excited as his meals could be more interesting when he has to survive without me!

Having been privileged enough to meet Punjaban themselves at the Allergy show, I can honestly say the contact we had with their customer services ordering through the website is as positive and friendly as in person, and as for the sauces if the rest of the range is as lovely as this, I know at least one person in our house that cannot wait to consume them. I am considering the possibility of Mr Medicinal Kitchen overdosing?

Seriously though I think he is quite looking forward to being able to actually cook for me for a change. With this tool in the cupboard he won’t have to worry about over or under spicing the meal.

I would say if you are at all unsure about cooking a curry this is the perfect allergy friendly starting point.

IMG_20141028_131819

I even had the leftovers at work the next day, just as good as the night before.

To have a look at the product range here is the link

http://www.punjaban.co.uk/shop-online/curry-bases/butter-chicken-curry-base-detail