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Sorry it’s been a few days since my last post. I’ve been ill since Thursday so have not had a great deal to write about!
Anyway, for this evening’s family meal my Wife, Leann made one of her fantastic chicken curries. Leann’s tried and tested recipe is loosely based around the ubiquitous Tikka Masala but with her own subtle additions/omissions, this is always a winner! Despite this being my second post on the topic of curry, I’m actually not that much of an authority on “proper” curry house curries. This is mainly due to the underwhelming offerings from the very same-y curry houses in our home town of Chester. I’ve made many, many curries from all over the world and keep a wide selection of whole and ground, single and blended spices at home. Simply put, if we are going to eat curry, we eat it at home.
When cooking curry at home, if you’re going to make it from scratch, it can often be beneficial to take shortcuts with some of the extras, such as poppadoms, naan bread and the all important mango chutney. Chutney is a subject that I feel particularly comfortable with, and mango chutney is something that I have made on several occasions. The result every time was acceptable, but not the sticky sweet, slightly spiced and heavenly aromatic condiment that I had hoped for. This has led us to ensure that a healthy supply of the Sharwood’s variety is always in the cupboard.
I’ve never had too much of a problem with Sharwood’s Indian products, they’re acceptable mass produced products, nothing outstanding, nothing offensive. However, a few weeks ago my Mum bought a 1.5kg tub of Geeta’s Premium Mango Chutney for us which we have been dutifully depleting.
This brand really is top notch! I’ve never had the pleasure of trying any of the other product lines from Geeta’s and had previously not heard of the brand. I assume that they’ve been around for a while as there’s a “Gold: Great Taste Awards 2006” accolade printed on the label. I can see why! As a mango chutney this is head and shoulders above any other brand that I have tried. Real chunks of mango and garlic suspended in a thick aromatic sauce with lots of whole spices: black peppercorns, fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin seeds, cardamom, cloves, etc. as well as a healthy dose of ground aromatics. This is far more than your average Indian condiment! Instead of the fibrous pieces of mango in the all too often sickly sweet versions that I’ve tried from other brands, this has nicely sized small chunks in a sweet/acidic/aromatic sauce that lingers nicely on the palate as you chew the whole spices. It has so far accompanied all of our Indian meals very well and has been as at home on a poppadom as being mixed into my curry and rice, before being mopped up with my naan.
A quick look at the ingredients confirms a fine list of “real” ingredients, none of which would be out of place in any recipe made by a home cook. Underneath the bar code, it is stated that this is a “PRODUCT OF INDIA”, which again is very reassuring and confirms Geeta’s roots as a producer.
To sum this product up, I would say that it’s as good or better than most people would be able to make themselves, with as good or better ingredients.
If you like your curries, you have to try this!