First off I have to admit I am a proper carnivore (we have canine teeth to eat meat right?) however there are times when I just don’t feel like meat and want a veggie dish, and a vegetable curry is a good solution. I am currently on the hunt for the best camping foods that are quick, easy to cook and delicious and this Sainsburys‘ vegetable curry is next on the list of tinned curries to sample.
When I first opened the tin the first thing that hit me was the smell, yep the vegetable curry smelled really good and I couldn’t wait to dive in and try it. Whilst the vegetable curry smelled really good it didn’t look very appetising and was very thin looking. Gently shaking the tin the contents sloshed around confirming my initial thought that this vegetable curry was thin and watery.
Pouring the vegetable curry in to a pan to warm through on the hob I was tempted to try and thicken the sauce with some corn flour, however since this experiment is to try the canned curries straight out of the tin I refrained and just warmed the curry on the hob.
Whilst the vegetable curry was warming through on the hob I was hoping that the sauce would evaporate a little and thicken up but it didn’t, and deep down I knew it wasn’t – but it didn’t stop me hoping. One thing I did notice whilst the vegetable curry was cooking was the smell intensified and got better and better. Smelling the vegetable curry got my taste buds tingling and I was ready to forgive the thin sauce if the vegetable curry tasted as good as it smelled.
During cooking I tried to identify the vegetables used in the curry (I didn’t read the ingredients as I wanted to see if I could tell what I was eating, or about to eat) and I have to admit was a bit of a challenge. I could easily identify green beans and lentils but that was about it. There were some orange colored chunks that I thought was potato however it was orange colored (is that because of the sauce?), really mushy and had a strange taste. Perhaps it was sweet potato? Perhaps it was swede? Whatever it was, I couldn’t tell what it was. There were other vegetables in the curry, but I’ll be damned if I could identify them. Perhaps I should have had a look at the ingredients on the side of the tine before I threw it away and started writing this review.
"Open tin" "Close up" "Curry and rice"
Unfortunately, the smell is the best thing about this vegetable curry and the taste nowhere near matches up. The vegetable curry didn’t taste horrible but neither did it blow me away, and I can only describe it as “meh”. The taste is weird and if I had to liken it to something I would say a tin of Heinz vegetable soup with a gentle hint of Indian spices. The spices used, or the quantity of spices used was too subtle for a curry as there was just no spicy kick. I don’t like really hot curries (you know the ones that obliterate your taste buds) but I do like a bit of heat, and this tinned vegetable curry didn’t give me that “slap in the chops”. I have to say that I was pretty disappointed.
I think the vegetable curry could definitely do with some extra spices and I think that a bit of cumin, garam masala and chilli powder would really liven up this vegetable curry. I was tempted to add a few spices however I refrained. As previously mentioned, the idea of this exercise was to eat the curries straight out of the tin, how Mr Sainsbury wanted.
Overall I have to say that I am disappointed with the vegetable curry and it is not going to be a staple tin in my Accordo 120 when I go away. Okay, the curry smelled really good however the bland taste does nothing for me. Sure, I could enhance the flavor and liven it up by adding a few more spices (chili powder, garam masala and cumin for example) but this obviously requires me to have the right dried spices with in the motor home when I go camping. The other thing is, there are other tinned curries I have tried that are full of flavor and do pack a punch, and I would much prefer to take these camping with me instead. As I am sure you have already guessed this tinned vegetable curry is not one I would recommend.