Indian ‘night in’ with The Spice Tailor

We are passionate foodies, but I personally will never profess to be much of a chef. However, whilst in iso I’ve begun cooking a bit more than usual given that we’re needing to dine in. But using products from The Spice Tailor has really helped me to pick up my game!

Their authentic and tasty Indian food comes in pre-packaged meal kits ready to easily follow the recipe in three easy steps to produce a restaurant quality Indian meal in 5-15 minutes (depending on the product).

The meals are extremely aromatic and have delicate flavour profiles; some with spice, others with zing, zest and those with a creamy texture too. They are also made without any nasties and are suitable for vegetarians since you add your own choice of protein to it, so can stick with veggies if you like.

Food is something that brings people together and always central to a gathering. Since we wanted to try a variety of the products by the Spice Tailor, we took the opportunity of lessened Covid19 restrictions to have my parents over and surprised them by cooking up a feast that they never thought I’d be capable of!

Below is an overview of the products available and also our perspective on the kits we cooked.

Curry Kits

Whether it be the Rojan Josh, Coconut Curry, Korma, Butter chicken, Goan Curry or the kit we made; Tikka Masala, you can whip up a quality Indian Curry in no time. We chose to use chicken thigh fillet in ours, as well as adding potatoes, capsicum and carrots. You could really add any meat, any vegetables or tofu for your curry. This curry was a creamy tomato based one that has a gentle spice to it. A perfect dish to warm the insides and fill the bellies. Our family loved this one and is a gentle curry easy to those who may not like a lot of spice.

Lentil Daal kits

There are four varieties to their daal packs and each include a spice pouch, a packet of spiced sauce and a pack of cooked lentils. They provide amazing plant-based protein for the bodies and are super nourishing and homely meals to get us through winter! They’re also super easy to cook. Just fry up the spices, add in the sauce and daal and mix and it is ready in 5 minutes! You don’t need anything extra than a little bit of oil.

We tried the Bengali Coconut Daal, a light and subtly spiced daal which is made from yellow split chickpeas, coconut flakes and spices. It was a good consistency, with a lovely texture, so delicious with the spice to create that depth of taste. We also loved the Classic Tarka daal was made with lentils, spices including zesty ginger, garlic and tomato flavours.  These were perfect atop our rice and even dipping the pappadum into. The Daal packs were probably the favourite of our dining party.

Tandoori kits

Probably one of our other favourite kits are the tandoori. You simply buy your meal of choice, or keep it vegetarian with tempeh or tofu and apply the marinade sauce. You can then grill it or bake it, and as it is ready, top with the seasoning blend and serve with chutni. We baked ours and the meat was super tender and beautifully spiced and a tangy seasoning to top it with. We used the classic kit, but they also have a spicy pack too. Each pack serves approximately 2 people according to the pack, but we found it went a bit further than this.

Biryani kits

You do need rice to go with your meals, so the steamed biryani packs are perfect since the result is a beautifully flavoured bowl of rice to pop beside your meat and veg. The pack comes with a spice pouch which you fry up first with a bit of oil, pour in the cook-in sauce and then add the flavoured rice. It takes about 15 minutes to cook and you can also add anything else you like to it, like meat, seafood or vegetables. We added some veggies to ours and found the dish to be light and fragrant and a great accompaniment to the other meals we served. We tried the Hyderabad Biryani and also the Dehli Biryani, the main difference being the latter was spicier.

Chutnies

An Indian dinner isn’t quite the same without some chutnies to dip that naan or pappadums into. Packs come in two 70 g servings, and you can enjoy lime or mango.

Other Asian meals

They also do some of our favourite red and green curries!

In conclusion

The Spice Tailor have really done the hard work to make our lives easier (and tastier)! These meals are perfect to have in the cupboard on those days you can’t quite be bothered cooking much.

Why not make it a themed night too, pop on some Indian songs or your favourite Indian Movie and enjoy the food with friends and family from the comfort of your own home!

For more information

Check out their website for information on more of their products and nutritional values, as well as the history behind the company. The website also has information on recipes that you may like to try. These packs can be found in your large local supermarkets.

The Spice Taylor

http://thespicetailor.com/

Thanks to RocketComms for the products to try

 

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