On my quest to try all of the Sainsbury’s own tinned Indian meals the next to be consumed and critically reviewed is the Bombay potatoes.
Out of all the tinned ready-made Indian dishes I have tried this tin of Bombay potatoes is the most authentic tasting yet. If I didn’t know any different I would have thought these Bombay potatoes were bought from my local Indian takeout – they really are that close to the real thing.
Opening the tin I found some authentic looking Bombay potatoes that not only looked appealing but also smelled nice too. I find most tinned foods smell absolutely disgusting when the tin is first opened, but sort themselves out whilst being cooked. This was not the case with these Bombay potatoes
These Bombay potatoes taste delicious and are nicely spiced. There is a little bit of a spicy kick, enough to leave you lips and tongue tingling slightly but not so much of a spicy kick it obliterates your taste buds. These Bombay potatoes really did get my taste buds going.
I think that consistency is crucial with Indian food. I mean a thin and watery sauce isn’t vey appetising and neither is thick and gloopy “one lump or two” sauce. Indian food has to be just right and have body without being too thick, and this tin of Bombay potatoes was spot on.
"Open can" " Bombay potatoes" "Read to eat"
The tin was full of chunks of potato that were the perfect size. Some tins of Bombay potatoes are full of tiny pieces of potato (the size of marbles) and some consist of whole potatoes that are too big. The size of the chunks were bite size and just right. As well as being just the right size the potatoes were cooked to perfection, i.e. they weren’t too hard I had to crunch my way through them and they weren’t so soft they were mushy – I hate mushy potatoes. I was a bit concerned the potatoes would soften whilst I was warming them through, and they would turn in to a mushy mess but this didn’t happen although I should point out that I was very gentle when stirring the Bombay potatoes.
Look at the nutritional value of most tinned Indian ready-made dishes and you will see red on the traffic light nutritional system, however this is not the case with these tinned Bombay potatoes as there isn’t a “red” in sight. Yep, the fat content is amber, the saturates content is green, the sugar content is green and the salt content is amber. All in all, not too bad, which makes a surprising change.
Bombay potatoes are typically a side dish accompaniment to other Indian dishes however these Bombay potatoes can be used for more than this. Yes, they do make a great side to go with a beef madras or Chicken jalfrezi but they are equally as good served on a bed of rice or as a dip with some poppadums or a naan bread or two.
Overall these Bombay potatoes are excellent. They are authentic, they taste delicious, they are a nice consistency and not too bad for you either. These Bombay potatoes are versatile and they are now a staple in my Accordo 120. Yep, I make sure I always have at least two tins of these Bombay potatoes in the motor home cupboard at all times.