Eeee, well hello!
As you may or may not have noticed, I’d taken a small blogging hiatus over the past month (you bloody better have noticed).
The reason being is that I’ve started a new job! It’s an incredibly exciting new opportunity that I’ve put a lot of energy into getting ready for. And as well as having lots going on socially, I just couldn’t find the time for you lovely lot…
You’ll be pleased to know however that I’m officially back into the swing of things and bringing you all the scrummy goodness you could possibly want.
You may remember a few months back I reviewed an absolute diamond of a curry kit that I had discovered in Aldi. You know that mental aisle right up the middle of the supermarket? That’s where it usually lives.
You can find some real gems and cheap branded labels up and down that aisle and the Create Goan Curry Kit was one of them. We loved it. So easy to make and so delicious to eat! But alas, it’s disappeared from the shelves and you really don’t know when, if ever, it’ll return.
So I went on the hunt for a replacement just in case and I found a strong contender.
The Spice Tailor is an authentic range of Indian goods produced by TV chef and cookery writer Anjum Anand. The collection includes curry kits, sauces, naans, dahls and even chutneys which are sold in selected Waitrose and Sainsburys stores across the UK.
Just like the Aldi one the Fiery Goan Curry Kit from The Spice Tailor contains a spice mix, paste and sauce, you simple add the meat, vegetables or fish.
Anjum says; “A dish can be spicy but it shouldn’t be it’s most endearing or memorable quality.” And I couldn’t agree more. I love heat, but it can’t overpower or eliminate the other flavours in a recipe. Especially when it comes to the wonderful and fragrant flavours of Goan cuisine.
We made our curry with chicken and it was beautiful. As quick and easy as it had been with the Aldi kit and I may have been mistaken, but I’m sure the smells as The Spice Tailor number cooked were so much more powerful. My mouth was literally watering as I stirred…
Served with a simple coriander and basmati rice, I let the curry do all of the talking.
The Spice Tailor alternative most definitely packs more of a punch than the Aldi Goan Curry Kit but it’s still exploding with a succession of delicate flavours and pungent spices with every mouthful.
Next time, I’m going to pair the fiery heat of Goa with a tender white fish. It’d go amazingly with chunks of lamb too!
The instructions on the inside of the cardboard layer of the packaging are simple to follow, but you can also log on to The Spice Tailor’s website and follow a video of Anjum cooking the Goan curry kit on your phone or tablet. Canny, eh?
I love the branding of this product too, it just feels and looks high quality. And at only £2.95 per kit it’s only about 50p more expensive that it’s Aldi rival (£2.49). I know, from Waitrose too!
It is one of my life goals to be able to do my ‘big-shop’ around Waitrose without shitting myself at the total when I’m at the till. But until this time, I’ll just be popping in to stock up on The Spice Tailor goods.
They also offer kits to create traditional Rogan Josh, rich Butter Chicken and proper Parsi Dhansak. If the Goan Curry Kit is anything to go by, you’ll be impressed.
For me, however, the next purchase has got to be Anjum’s new Street Food Kits. A quick and easy way to create the Indian vendor speciality, Kathi rolls!
Have you found a substitute for the Aldi Goan Curry Kit yet? Let me know in the comments…
Lots of love, LB x