“ Type: Sauces „
It's always a great idea to try and save money in your weekly shop, but buying a jar of sauce for as little as 9p when the premium brands charge between £1 and £2, could be seen as a little extreme. With ingredients as appetising as water, tomato puree and onion, you'd be forgiven for feeling a bit sceptical about this sauce.
But fear not. It has taste and it has spice. I related it to a tikka masala sauce as it's certainly like a spicy tomato sauce. I'm used to tikka masalas and kormas, and it's spicier than those, but it's not overly spicy, even for me. It's about right. The first time I tried the sauce I made about a third of the jar and poured it over some chips. It give the chips an extra flavour, a pleasant one I might add, and was probably little different to buying curry sauce from your local chippy for 80p. Only this portion has cost me just three little pennies. The second time I used the rest of the jar up (300g of Sainsbury's basics goodness, nice!) with some vegetables that needed eating up, and a small portion of rice. It was a very cheap meal, but it was actually rather tasty, and I preferred it as a curry rather than as a sauce. If that makes sense.
It's low calorie (164 in half a jar), and very low in saturated fat (0.2g in half a jar), so unlike other sauces that have half of your daily allowance in half of their jars, you don't feel guilty about eating it, and you won't put on the pounds.
It doesn't look very appetising in its standard white and orange packaging, and it doesn't look particularly nice when it's cooking, or even when it's cooked. But it's not about presentation for us everyday people, it's about taste, convenience and price. It tastes nice. It's very easy to cook. And, at 9p, it's hardly a bank breaker.
I think it was on Peazyshop forum where I first heard about the amazing low price of Sainsburys curry sauce. People were saying that it was costing them just 9p for a jar of the stuff. Wow! 9p!!! Of course, I demanded that hubby take me to Sainsburys the very next day so I could stock up on the stuff. After all even if it wasn't great, at 9p I'd be getting something edible and jars for when I did my next lot of preserving too. (Tesco and Asda also both do a cheap curry sauce you see, but they put theirs in a tin! - Now that's fine if you just want the curry sauce, but I keep jars to put jams and things in every year, so this just made so much more sense for me).
When we did visit Sainsburys the next day, they were unfortunately almost out of stock. I did manage to get one jar of this, and also picked up a jar of their value sweet and sour sauce as well. Oh, and they weren't selling them for 9p either, I had to pay a full 14p for mine! I think this may have been because it's a small Sainsburys to be honest, although of course it could be because they'd realised so many people were buying it that they could make some extra profit by putting the price up lol.
The jar is simple - it's a glass jar with a twist off lid. The label on it is the standard white and orange paper label of the Sainsburys basic range, and it lists as you'd expect it to the ingredients and nutritional info. It's a 440g jar so plenty big enough to do a curry for 2 people if you like lots of sauce, and even for 4 people if you don't mind there being not as much sauce (though at the price you might as well splash out for an extra jar I reckon!). It's even relatively healthy too with only 2.5g of fat per 100g.
The sauce is actually very tasty - I know I sound surprised, but to be honest I kind of was. I mean who expects something so cheap to be nice too! The flavour is kind of light and almost fruity tasting. It's spicy but not hot, and the spices are gentle ones not strong ones. - It's not really like a traditional Indian curry sauce, more like a Chinese style curry - the sort you can get in a Chinese Takeaway that has lots of Chicken and onion and sauce but little else. In fact, it's so like this in taste, and so quick to make up that it's sort of stopped us bothering to go to the Chinese if this is what we fancy.
When I cook it up, I roughly chop some onion into large pieces, fry them off lightly, and then add chunks of chicken. I seal the meat (so it's white all over, but only just on the outside, not cooked right through), and then I add the jar of sauce and a little water to rinse the jar out. I add some sultanas because I think that the fruitiness of the sauce lends itself well to a bit of additional fruit, and then I cook it gently for about 20 minutes on the hob. It's just SO easy and quick that it's hardly worth going to the takeaway. (Actually I've even cheated and used cooked chicken left over from a roast dinner, and that works just as well but takes even less time to cook up as it's just really got to heat through!). We like to do oven chips to go with this, it's the same way we like it from the Chinese - with chips. It's not really a traditional Chinese dish I'm sure, but it works and tastes great, and well it's about as cheap as it's possible to make it I reckon.
Overall, this is a very cheap curry sauce that's light and healthy to use, I really like the flavours, and I can't make it from scratch this cheaply so I don't bother trying. Even at 14p instead of 9p I'm so impressed with this, my only fear is that by telling you all about it, there will be another raid on Sainsburys and they'll put the price up again lol.
I have been samplying from sainsbury's basic range , in a bid to save a few pounds .
I have discovered a a bargain , for just 9 pence , I have discovered a jar of the basics range of curry sauce .
This jar is clear and see through so that you can see the contents inside, and a full jar which contains 440grams, is enough for a whole big oven proof dish full of curry.
The jar is easy to open with a screw lid, and contains a really great tasting curry sauce which i think makes for a lovely curry .
I usuelly cut some skinless chicken breasts in to mouthfulls and in to bite size portions .
I then heat two spoons full of oil in to a large frying pan and then add the chicken pieces which i then fry untill cooked well, depending on how you like your chicken cooked i usualy fry mine for aproximately five to ten minutes, and im stirring this around all the while i am cooking this then stir in a few vegtables, and then add the sauce , which has a nice smell to it .
You can smell the spices, It has a really lovely flavour and makes great curry.
I then bring this to the boil , cover and then reduce the heat, and then let it gently simmer for about quarter of a hour, whilst this is cooking I then boil some rice, i prefer plain rice because of all the different varieties of vegtabels i dont think i would prefer to have any other rice with this dish, as i prefer to have a plain one .
The jar .
On the side of the jar they give you a heathy hint , this one states that if you reduce the total amount of fat in your particular diet, especialy saturated fats, then that may help you to maintain a healthy heart" Thats a good hint, and they have those written on the side of the jar .
In this curry sauce of 110 grams this serving will provide you with calories of 71 .
Fat in this jar is 2.8 grams .
Salt at 0.8 grams .
I love the taste that this curry sauce has, and it makes for a really great curry .
You should try this as it is cheap , I am so impressed with the quality and taste that this curry has !!!
Thanks for reading and rating my review
I use this sauce for most of my curry dishes since last year, I discovered it in Sainsburys one day and it was only 10p for a 440g jar, which at the time I thought it was an incredible price for a sauce. I tried it and I found it was perfect and I used it ever since and I have found it to be even cheaper at times for 8p or even less and for that price I just had to stock my cupboards, so I have alot of them at the moment to use.
I just fry a few onions in a saucepan with a little oil and add some chicken, beef, pork or a little minced beef to it and cook it slowly for about 5 to 7 minutes and then I add the sauce and simmer for around 15 minutes stirring occasionally. I add a little bit of curry powder sometimes but it is absolutely fine without it, it is a good thickness sauce and it is I would say quite a mild, sweet sauce.
I make a pan of it and then I add some cooked pasta to it and add vegetables and then I put it in little plastic containers and freeze it and I just take them to work with me on cold days so I have a hot meal and I just heat it in a microwave. When I am in a hurry and have not much time I can just take one from my freezer and use as a meal almost instantly.
It is goes along way for a big family and I sometimes cook chicken and place in an ovenproof dish and pour the sauce over it and cook in the oven for about an hour and it is perfect.
I recommend it to anyone to try this product as it is very good value and for the price I do think if you do not like it , you have not wasted a lot of your pennies.
I rate it a 5 star dooyoo rating.
Try it for yourself and see if it can save you some money.
I've got to say, now and again I like a nice curry, but it is usually purchased via a takeaway.......this equals expensive.
Last week whilst perusing the aisles of Sainsburys, I came across a basic jar of curry, for just six pence. Curious about what a jar of six pence curry would taste like, I popped it in my basket.
After our usual family Sunday lunch of roast Lamb, the following day I re-heated the meat and tipped in the jar of basic curry.
I served the curry with some rice and onion bhajis. Seriously, it was delicious. I was amazed !! Even Hubby agreed that it was cost effective (at six pence-how could it not be?) and very, very tasty.
I highly doubt that after tasting this curry we will be forking out for a takeaway. The sauce was hot and spicy, punctuated by the presence of some sultanas. It is the kind of sauce that could be used with either left-over beef, lamb or chicken, to help spread out the cost of meals.
Delicious and I will definiatley be buying this sauce again.
I do like to make a curry and always buy a jar of Curry sauce, either a Korma or a Tikka Masalla as i do not like spicey things. Some jars can cost alot, i usually pay around £1 but when i was in Sainsburys a Jar of Sainsburys Basic curry sauce was 9p for a standard size jar. I kept ignoring it for a few weeks but after a while i decided its worth a try.
I didnt trust it with a curry at first incase it was disgusting and i had ruined my whole dinner so i tried it at first with some chips. I expected it to be horrible but it was actually quite nice i have since used it in a curry for my main dinner.
The Jar has the standard Sainsburys basics packaging with with the orange stripe and i found it on the bottom shelf with the curry sauce section.
The taste, to me was quite spicy, but for my partner who prefers spicy things tells me it wasnt. That must mean its in the middle for spice. I dont like spicy things but do like this. The taste to me was also quite fruity. When i was growing up my mum used to make her own curries and it tasted exactely the same. I added some apple and sultannas to the chicken curry with this sauce and it tasted brilliant!
If you havent tried this and want a decription. If you have ever had curry sauce from the chip shop i found it tasted like that :)
A good way of telling if a product is any good or not is if you buy it again or not. I have bought it again. Plus it is only 9p!
You would think with most foods that they wouldn't taste that great if a jar of it was only 9p. Sainsburys basics curry sauce attempts to prove this wrong. I'm not saying that it's the most disgusting tasting thing in the world, it is definitely edible and enjoyable. I would still definitely choose other curries over this one though, and I'm going to tell you why.
To start with, the appearance of the curry, it is a very deep yellow, nearly mustard colored, which isn't the most appetizing of things. It also looks very watery, this may be to some peoples preferences, but myself, I like a nice thick curry sauce. It's not hard to miss that this sauce doesn't have an awful lot in it, like veggies and the sort, as when you pour it into the pan it is just a trickle of the yellow mustard covering your ingredients.
The taste of the curry isn't too bad, its very mild, but still has enough kick to it. It does smell rather good which is always a bonus when cooking. I would definitely recommend adding some additional spices and herbs to make this a more enjoyable meal. A well as some veggies to make it a bit more interesting in both texture and flavor.
For 9p you really can't go wrong with this sauce, it's just in need of a bit of additional tender loving care to bump it up a bit. So for a nice cheap easy meal this is what you need.
I bought a jar of this curry sauce in Sainsbury's for just 9 pence last week. I have previously tried the Tesco Value one and found it to taste fine, so I thought that I would give this one a try, too. As it is so cheap, it wouldn't matter too much if it wasn't very nice, and I planned to use it as a base for my curry, with other spices added to it.
The jar contains 440g of curry sauce, and the label has the Sainsbury's Basics logo, which says that it is a 'simpler selection, but the spice is right'. The sauce is a brown/orange colour, and has the appearance of a curry sauce that you might get at the chip shop. The taste is fairly mild, but this is fine, as you can have it mild, if that is what you prefer, or make it hotter by adding more spices and chilli. I made a vegetable curry, with lots of onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes and a vegetable stock cube. I then added water and the jar of curry sauce, as well as some of my husband's home-made spice mix. It turned out very well, and the sweet potatoes and the curry sauce went together very well, as the sauce is quite sweet, due to it containing sultanas.
A quarter jar of the curry sauce contains -
It is low in fat and calories, and when served with vegetables, is a healthy meal. I will definitely be buying this again, as it is a good product, that can be served mild, or spiced up to make it hotter, and it is excellent value, at only 9p per jar.
Allergy advice - contains milk, mustard and sulphites. Not suitable for nut or sesame allergy sufferers, due to methods used in the manufacture of the product.
I had to do a double take when I noticed this was priced at just 4 pence per 440g jar! I bought one to try, thinking it would probably not be very nice given the tiny price, but at that price it was worth a go.
The consistency of the sauce reminds me of traditional chip shop style curry sauce, that you buy to dip chips in. However I fried some chicken and added onions, peppers, mushrooms, before adding this sauce. It easily makes enough to feed a family of four, which is incredible value for money.
It is full of flavour and really tasty. Personally, I found it a tad on the spicy side, so I usually add a little yoghurt or coconut milk to calm it down, and would definitely recommend doing this if you are serving it to children. Having said that, my partner thought it was perfect as it was, so it really comes down to your own personal preference (I am a wimp and only do kormas!!)
This curry sauce has now become a regular on our shopping list, and it does seem to vary in heat from week to week- I guess it must vary between batches. However for 4 pence you can't really go wrong. Give it a try- I think you'll be impressed with the quality of this product.
I love to make myself a curry though I wouldn't know where to start from scratch so recently I've been purchasing the odd curry sauce mix/jar etx along with piece of chicken and an onion and when I saw this at 4p a jar I couldn't believe it was so cheap I had to try one out! lol.
440g roundish glass jar with a white screw on/off lid to the top of it and it has a white label that goes around it's main 'body' On the front of that all in orange and white writing I'm told it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Curry Sauce 'Simpler selection, but the spice is right', there is a scribble of what I think is meant to be a pile of spice, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and I'm told that it contains less than 3% fat. Other information on the jar gives me a full nutritional run-down, ingredients and allergy advice is listed, I'm given a recipe idea and contact details for Sainsbury's are given. It's a cheap looking jar but informative enough,
Recipe Idea On The Back Of The Jar:
Cut 240g skinless, boneless chicken breasts into bit size pieces.
Heat 2x 15ml spoons of oil in a saucepan, add the chicken and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.
Stir in the sauce, bring to the boil, cover than reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Me And The Sauce:
Well it's up to you you use this sauce. You can use whatever meats, vegetables or meat substitutes as you like of course though no where on this jar does it tell me its suitable for Vegetarians so I feel like I must point that out!
All you do really is as the recipe suggestion says. Fry off whatever ingredients your using and then add the sauce and let it simmer! It couldn't be simpler and even I can do it!
So the sauce it light brown in colour, not too thick but not drippy either but it does pour out of the jar with the ease. It has a sweet smell of sultanas to along with a hint of garlic and general spices and over-all it smells rather pleasant but not too rich.
Taste wise well it's ok really. It's quite mild in flavour and it is a smooth sauce. It doesn't melt to runny like water and coats ingredients very well and the longer you simmer it for the more it tends to thicken up a bit. It tastes like a curry sauce! It is rather sweet but naturally so and has a nice blend of spices to it and not too much garlic. Although the majority of the sauce is smooth it does have a few sultanas in it (not many though) which really do give this in part a light, sweet fruity taste.
It's nicely seasoned and does have a slight kick of chilli to it which goes well with the sweetness!
For me this is the base of a curry. Since buying my first jar and using it as it came I have been quite experimental and long gone are the days of simply chopping up an onion and some chicken! Now I add my own garlic, chilli's, mushrooms, fresh coriander to it all as well!
On it's own its ok but as a base sauce I think this is really great! Not too oily or dried, its well blended and if your not overly keen on things about it you can correct it! So as an example if it's a bit too sweet add more chilli to counteract that with and things like that. I think this is really work a try and it's really economical too!
Milk, mustard & sulphites
Not suitable for nut or sesame sufferers due to the methods used in the manufacture of this product.
Nutritional Information Per 110g serving:
Saturated Fat: 0.2g
Total Sugars: 7.3g
Only available in Sainsbury's stores and yes it is only 4p a jar just to be clear lol.
Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Sauce