My husband is a great lover of curry but I am not as keen so I do not cook it often. Normally making curry is quite involved, and you need lots of different herbs and spices in your cupboard. I always find I have to make a shopping list in advance to make sure I have everything that I need. I was pleased to be sent this jar of Patak’s Oven Bake Biriyani to review as it would give my husband a chance to have curry. It also looked really easy for to make. Iit is an all in one sauce, you add the rice, and the other ingredients with the sauce into a casserole dish and put it in the oven to cook. I wasn’t sure how the rice would work covered in sauce as I usually have it plain, but was happy to give it a try.
The sauce is described as mild and fruity with sultanas, coconut and hints of fennel and mint which sounded nice and not too hot. It was really easy to make. All you need to do is to preheat the oven to 180 C or Gas Mark 4. You then fry two thinly sliced chicken breasts in oil for a few minutes, add the sauce, basmati rice and four tablespoons of water. Once it starts boiling you add it to the casserole dish and bake it for 35 minutes.
This is what it looks like before it goes in the oven:
I added a few mushrooms and onions as well, simply because I like them. At this point I realised that not having to cook the rice separately was going to mean less washing up which is always a good thing. I put the dish into the oven and then went off to do a few other things while it cooked.
This is what it looked like when I put it onto the plates:
I have to report it was gorgeous, it was not too hot and spicy and was definitely mild and fruity just the way I like curry. There were plenty of sultanas in the sauce which was rather nice as sometimes you only get one or two. My son and husband also loved it and the plates were empty. It is a really easy and simple dish to make, which is great if you are a working mum like me. At the end of the day all I want to do is to get food onto the plates quickly but I do not want to serve junk food. This is a great compromise as it uses fresh ingredients but the sauce is made for you. You can easily throw in other things to change the flavour if you wish. It would also probably be possible to do this in the slow cooker, which would be useful. I will have to give that a try.
RRP : £1.59
The sauce is also available in Medium & Aromatic or Hot & Spicy if you like a hotter curry.
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