Whenever I come across something good (food wise), I like to tell others about it so that they too can give it a try. On a recent camping trip, I was introduced to an Indian meal option by a friend, and what got me was the absolutely delicious aroma and appearance of the meal. So the next time I was in a supermarket, I went searching for it and found another product that was very similar.
This particular brand is sold by Woolworths and the one used by my friend is sold by Coles. The two products have some minor differences, but ostensibly provide the same outcomes, very good Indian meals. What I’ve shown here are just three of the half dozen options available in the Street Kitchen range (the Goan Fish Curry is divine). What differentiates these ‘easy to prepare’ meals from the ‘sauce in a jar’ style, is the fact that they come with separate packets of spices, marinades and sauces.
All you do is choose your meat, such as chicken thighs, dice and then marinade the meat for a half hour or so with the garlic and ginger mix contained in the middle packet, When ready to cook, heat oil in a pan and when hot add the raw spices and cook for a few seconds, then add the meat and sear, and finally add the sauce mix. Bring to boil, lower heat to a simmer and let simmer for around 20 min until meat is done. Cook rice in the mean time and your meal is ready.
Nothing could be easier to make and tastier to eat than what you get from one of these packets. I’ve been to some Indian restaurants that should use these to make their meals, instead of what they have called their home cooked meals.
Update: Today I had a brain fart while making the Butter Chicken recipe and put a can of coconut cream into the wok before I started cooking. When I realised that things were not right, I’d already marinaded the chicken in the garlic/ginger mix, and opened the spices and sauce packets, so all I could do is let the coconut cream come to the boil and then add the sauce. In the mean time, I heated some oil in a saucepan and added the spices to cook, then the chicken for a quick heat and absorb/mix the spices, and then put everything in with the coconut/sauce mix. I then let everything slowly simmer until the oil came to the surface and served with basmati rice. Damn if it didn’t taste outstanding!