Thursday 23 February 2017

Put to the test: Korma sauce

Korma sauce is a firm favourite and very handy to have in the kitchen cupboard if you want to jazz up your meat or vegetables.

All of the sauces tested below are mild in strength and all have ingredients and nutritional information listed clearly.

The ingredients do vary quite a bit and the sugar, fat and fibre amounts vary significantly.

We looked at those aspects as well as the taste and price. lidl kan pur garden korma sauce, 500g

Score: 4/5

Verdict: This sauce is flavoursome and has a good short ingredient list. It tastes a little sweet, even though it contains the second lowest sugar content per 100g (5.9g). It is also second cheapest of those tested but the double cream surely contributes to this sauce having the highest fat content, 13.2g per 100g, and sadly it has the lowest fibre at only 1g per 100g.

Price: €1.79 (€3.58 / Kg)

aldi bilash specially selected korma sauce, 360g

Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: This sauce was a little oily but the flavour was fine. It was very sweet though and contains the highest sugar content at 10.9g per 100g and the second highest fat content. To counteract that, this sauce does have the highest fibre content at 4.5g per 100g and a nice touch is the added pouch of spices that you fry your meat or veg in first.

Price: €1.79 (€4.97/Kg)

uncle ben's korma sauce, 490g

Score: 3/5

Verdict: A lovely creamy flavour, this big brand also has a good short list of ingredients and comes second lowest for both sugar and fat content. It is second dearest though and the fibre content, at 1.8g per 100g is second lowest.

Price: €2.17 (in SuperValu) (€4.43 / Kg)

marks & spencer korma sauce, 350g

Score: 3/5

Verdict: This one has a sharper taste than the others but you'll like it if you prefer your sauce less sweet. It is the dearest but has a good ingredient list, the lowest sugar content by far at 3.4g per 100g and the second highest fibre content at 3.2g per 100g.

Price: €2.49 (€7.11 / Kg)

tesco korma sauce, 500g

Score: 2.5/5

Verdict: This is the best price of the lot and the sugar, fat and fibre content all land in the middle when compared to the others.

Our gripe was that we found the taste to be a little flat and dull, hence the lowest score.

Price: €1.19 (€2.38 / Kg)

Irish Independent

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