I love that little aisle in Aldi where they have a plethora of special offers and limited edition stock. You can find some hellish little gems on those shelves. I usually try my utmost to steer the trolley away from it, purely because I end up coming home with wonders such as a Roll Your Own Sushi set or Pomegranate and Chia Seed flavoured crisps…
However, during my last ‘big shop’ I came across the new Create Curry Kits designed by the supermarket themselves. Containing a spice mix, paste and sauce, it seemed like a simple solution to midweek meals. There were numerous flavours but I chose the Goan Curry kit.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting too much. Just a simple, relatively tasty dinner for when I didn’t have too much time/couldn’t be arsed.
As it turns out, it was absolutely glorious. And as simple and and quick as you can imagine, I’ll show you…
We chose to use chicken in the curry and plate it up with plain basmati rice. It definitely doesn’t need a fancy rice but I was missing a vital Indian supplement – a naan. If you do try this gem, make sure you have the bread handy for some serious scooping. The kit serves two and says it’s of a medium heat.
In your pan, with a little oil, add your whole spices. The ready made sachet contains the ultimate combination of Asian spices; star anise, red chillies, curry leaves, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cardamom pods and bay leaves.
It’ll take a minute or so for the spices to start popping, at this point add in your chicken.
Brown your chicken with the spices and enjoy that incredible aroma that’s released as it cooks. I would happily have my home smell like that every day – it’s so good. Once browned, add in the sachet of Goan curry paste. Make sure all of your chicken is coated in the paste and leave to cook for around 2-3 minutes.
Done? Now add in your Goan curry sauce. I added about 75ml (possibly less) of water into the pan after I’d given it a good stir. Purely so it could bubble away whilst I cooked the rice without it becoming too thick.
The fragrance that was encompassing my kitchen is so authentic and exciting, I couldn’t wait to dive in.
Plated up with a sprinkling of coriander leaf, we tucked into the most amazing curry. The heat wasn’t quite there but it didn’t matter, it was so full of flavour and depth, I was very much impressed. I imagine it’s cracking with white fish or prawns too.
Considering it was so simple and an absolute bargain at only £2.49, I’m stocking up. If you’re an Aldi regular, grab a packet whilst they’re still around. You never know how long things last on that shelf…
Oh, and did I mention the kit itself is Gluten Free and Vegetarian too? I can’t wait to get experimental with some of the other flavours on offer!
Have you gave them a try? Drop me a tweet @ProperScrummy!
Lots of love, LB x