The Curry Focus team recently read about a supermarket curry test where curry meals from a range of supermarkets were tested for taste. The testing concentrated on tikka masala and korma dishes, along with a naan and onion bhajis.
The tester tasted the curries that were supplied by Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Sainbury’s and the overall ratings were pretty poor with most of them only achieving a score of 4 out of 10. Not very good scores at all.
What the test didn’t do, which we would have thought would be more comprehensive was to include takeaway dishes from local curry houses. We’re sure that takeaways would have scored higher than the supermarket meals and it would have been nice to have this confirmed.
While we agree that supermarket curries tend to be pretty average fare, we have all eaten them at some time, especially when a quick meal is needed. Sometimes convenience is important. And one team member quite happily declared (confessed) that there was a frozen curry in his freezer, just in case.
The team all agreed that a curry made at home was a lot better than supermarket curries and was often better than meals from curry houses. In our opinion, curry houses really win in ratings because they have such a wide range of meals and side dishes on offer.
Of course, home-made curries really score highly with us because they are cheaper and we also know what goes into them (see the Curry Calorie Count series of blogs that discuss some differences between homemade, restaurant and supermarket curries).
You can read the supermarket curry test article here.
In the meantime, we hope you continue to enjoy your curries, no matter where they come from.