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Patak’s frozen curry review

Patak's chicken tikka masala box

One of the hardest things to get used to as a new mum is adjusting to your baby’s schedule. Everyday tasks such as bathing, cooking, cleaning and laundry become goals that you aim to achieve over the course of the day, fitting them in to nap times or completing them one handed as you bounce, soothe and feed your baby.

People may tell you not to worry and to lower your standards for a while, but a shower always makes you feel better – and you still have to eat.

From this new mum mindset I jumped at the chance to review one of the new Patak’s frozen curries. Any help with the day to day becomes more valuable than anything else in the world, and nothing beats someone else taking care of dinner.

I don’t usually purchase ready meals, except the occasional pizza, preferring to cook fresh food from scratch. And when it comes to curry, living in Manchester means there are no end of places to pick up a decent Balti or Masala pretty much on my doorstep. I was a little skeptical about trying a frozen curry but I have used Patak’s curry pastes in my cooking and have been impressed with them.

 

Patak’s frozen curry selection

There are 6 Patak’s frozen curries to choose from: Chicken Tikka Masala, Vegetable Jalfrezi, Chicken Vindaloo, King Prawn Balti, Chicken Korma and Beef Madras. Each is served with Pilau Rice.

Pataks frozen curry selectionI opted for the Chicken Tikka Masala on the basis that it is a curry I often order. The Patak’s version describes itself as, “A delicious and flavoursome dish made the classic way.”

Patak's chicken tikka masala box

 

Presentation and preparation

The meal was presented in a plastic tray separating the rice and the curry and, as with all ready meals, the only preparation required was to pierce the lid and pop it in the oven or microwave. Towards the end of the cooking time you have to add water to the rice (here the instructions don’t say anything about removing the film lid, although common sense suggested it at least needed to be peeled back) and that’s all there was to it. Dinner was served – and ready to eat with one hand whilst holding the baby if required!

It was a hearty sized single portion, easily filling a plate and I was comfortably full afterwards.

Patak's chicken tikka masala

 

How it tasted

As for the flavour, I was surprised by how tasty the curry was. The chicken was tender and the sauce was rich and flavoursome with a fruitiness to it, leaving a subtle but not overwhelming heat. Unfortunately the rice was a little bland and slightly over cooked, which could just be down to the chef, but it worked well with the sauce.

Nutritionally the meal doesn’t look too bad (although I’m no expert). It’s 550 calories with 19.6 grams of fat and 7.4 grams of sugar per pack. Maybe not an option every day of the week, but for those occasions when you’ve just got to eat and you want something quick, easy and tasty, I’d say it was a great choice.

 

*I received the Patak’s curry to review for free. Opinions are, as always, my own. 

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Becci Johnson

Hi, I’m an almost 6 ft, thirty-something living in Manchester. Writer, blogger & mum to twins plus one.

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