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The Secret to Making a Great Curry with Family Secret

At Family Secret, we like to consider ourselves as connoisseurs of curry!

With this in mind, we know a thing or two about the ingredients and flavours that add an extra WOW factor to your dish.

Here are just a few of our tips to making the perfect curry:

Sizzle the spices – Don’t be afraid of playing around with the spices! Kick off your curry by heating up whole spices in hot oil to unleash their true flavours. Some of the most common spices in our healthy curry sauce are: cardamom, cinnamon, garlic cloves and coriander seeds.

Make healthy choices – There are a number of health benefits associated with curries. Spices like chilli and ginger are packed with antioxidants and vitamins to help fight viruses and boost your blood circulation.

Take your time – A good curry doesn’t have to take hours to cook. But it’s important to allow the ingredients to cook properly. To get the most out of your ingredients like onions, you should cook them first to release the flavour. Although a tip for you. Adding a pinch of salt helps them brown quicker. However, powerful spices like Garam Masala, can wait until last as the cooking process often reduces the flavour of dried spices.

Add seasoning – One of the biggest mistakes people make when cooking curries is not adding salt. This is often on the basis that there is so much flavour with the spices so salt is not needed. However, this is wrong. You should add a mixture of lemon juice and a pinch of salt to your curry in order to combine all the tastes in your mouth, tie everything together and ensure the flavors compliment each other.

Explore different garnishes – A good garnish could really make the difference between a good and a bad curry. While often overlooked, flaked coconut, toasted sesame seeds, poppy seeds, fried onions and fresh pomegranates are a good choice – and totally delicious!

How We Can Help

Now you have the knowledge to make the perfect curry, it’s time to actually make one! However, if the prospect of cooking a curry from scratch still terrifies you. Why not start with our fresh curry sauces. Simple and easy to cook. You can enjoy the rich and fresh flavours of our family sauces and experiment with the garnishes and extra seasoning to add your own twist!

For more information about Family Secret’s curry sauces. Get in touch with us on 0800 001 6161 or take a look here. 

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What to do with Christmas leftovers with Family Secret

Christmas is a time for giving gifts, catching up with distant relatives and eating good food. However, after this busy party-filled period, our fridges are stocked up with leftover meats, delicious sides, huge chunks of cheese and half drunk bottles of Prosecco.

With over 4 million Christmas dinners being thrown away in wasted food every year. The bin is definitely not the place for all your festive leftovers this year.

From your foil-wrapped turkey to your surplus vegetables. There are a number of ways to make the most of your leftovers. And at Family Secret, our team have designed a special recipe for your leftover turkey using our Szechuan Kung Pao curry sauce.

This recipe serves 2 people.

1. Begin by marinating 500g of your leftover turkey in our Szechuan Kung Pao sauce whilst both are cold. For a more intense flavour, you can leave the turkey to soak overnight to prevent it from drying out. However, to speed up the process. Leave the turkey to sit in the marinade for about 20 minutes

2. While your turkey is soaking, grab a large wok or skillet and place over high heat. Once heated, you should pour in a cooking oil of your choice. For extra flavour, toss in ½ teaspoon crushed Sichuan peppercorns.

3. During the time spent heating the oil in your pan, chop a large onion, one red pepper and two large carrots before adding into your pan for cooking. These should only need 2-3 minutes on the stove.

4. Finally, add the marinated turkey and the Szechuan Kung Pao sauce and stir into the vegetable mix for a further 3-4 minutes until meat is warmed through.

5. Once the turkey is completely cooked. Serve up with some egg fried rice and eat whilst hot. Enjoy!

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Family Secret are passionate about making good, healthy food – taking inspiration from around the world. With this in mind, we have created a range of low fat curry sauces like our Szechuan Kung Pao sauce that are packed with flavour.

If you would like to try any of Family Secret’s healthy, vegan sauces, go to our online store here.

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The History of Curry

Despite its origins in India, British people love a good ol’ curry – with 23 million people regularly eating curry dishes. In fact, the curry has now taken place alongside some of our classic favourites like fish and chips and shepherd’s pie. But how much do we really know about our favourite takeaway?

At My Family Secret, we have dedicated years to creating the perfect low fat curry sauces for families to enjoy. Drawing inspiration from traditional recipes, but bringing them up to speed with modern-day mealtimes.

Today, we want to share with you the history of curry, and how exactly it became a British favourite!

Believe it or not, curry is actually an umbrella term that refers to a number of dishes originating from Indian cuisine. Usually containing fish, meat or vegetables. Traditional curries were defined by their complex combination of spices or herbs which make up a wet or dry sauce.

The definition of ‘curry’

It is often thought the word ‘curry’ was taken from the Tamil word ‘Kari’ – meaning spiced sauce. This was originally a thin, soup-like, spiced dressing served in southern India. However, the word ‘curry’ has changed its definition over centuries and is now something of a “ubiquitous menu word.”

How the definition of ‘curry’ can vary across the world

In India, curry refers to a gravy or stew-like dish, containing Indian spice mix Garam Masala and other local ingredients. While in the Western world, we think of curries as a spicy or flavoured dish containing curry powder – or some other spice variety.

The history of curry

The first time curry graced British dining tables dates back to the 1700s. This was when soldiers and tradespeople returned from the East. In fact, the first curry recipe was found in Hannah Glasse’s ‘Art of Cookery Made Plain and East’ from 1747. This taughtBrits how to make a curry ‘the Indian way’ by using boiled chicken, turmeric, ginger and onions in a cream. While it’s not exactly the same way we make it today, it’s not far off!

By the 1800s, this early wave of Indian influence on British cooking had inspired Bengali immigrant, Saik Dean Mohamed. He opened the first Indian restaurant. Started production on curry powder and master-up the very first Indian takeaway. However, it flopped years later as it was tradition at the time to have servants prepare your meals at home – but that would change!

Queen Victoria

When Queen Victoria landed on the throne, many turned their nose up at having the house smell like curry but the Queen embraced it. Fascinated by India, Victoria kept a majority Indian household staff and curry was on the menu most days.

It wasn’t long before it spread through the aristocracy and upper classes. Making curry a normal sight on the tables of the rich and famous.

From then on, curry just got more and more popular in the UK. With Brits even inventing their very own curry dishes. The chicken tikka masala  in the 1960s.

If reading about ‘the history of curry’ has got your taste buds tingling, why not try one of our fresh curry sauces! We recommend our low fat Green Thai Curry Sauce – the hotter of all the Thai curry sauces. Or take a look at any of our other blogs about our family sauces here.

Always wanted to make a traditional Moroccan tagine? Take a look at our  Lamb Moroccan Tagine Recipe made with one of our low fat curry sauces. 

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Common Diwali Dishes You Can Cook At Home

Celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs across the world, today is Diwali – otherwise known as ‘The Festival of Lights’.

In the UK, Diwali has become increasingly popular and far more mainstream. In fact, celebrations are catching up to the level of how it’s celebrated in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Despite it’s growing popularity in and around the UK, most people outside of India are unfamiliar with the common dishes served on this occasion, such as the Rogan Josh Curry.

Here at Family Secrets, the team have researched thousands of traditional recipes served during this five-day celebration.

The kids will be pleased to know that sweets are at the very centre of Diwali celebrations. No, we’re not talking Haribos. Instead, we’re talking about Indian sweetmeats. These are known as “mithai”. These sweetmeats are a mix between a snack, dessert and confectionery. This makes them the perfect treat during and indeed after a long day of celebrating.

Amongst the sweet dishes, there are also a few savoury treats you can enjoy. Traditionally, preparing these snacks is a social activity for the women in the family. The older generations will gather with their younger relatives in the kitchen to make savoury snacks. They are made from chickpeas, rice, lentils and other varieties of flours. Once seasoned, the snacks get pummelled into different shapes. You should deep-fry before they are delivered to family and friends in boxes.

This Diwali, we have a few dishes you should try out:

  • Vegetable Pakora – As crispy Indian snack, pakora is made-up of one or two ingredients of your choosing; onions, potatoes, spinach, cauliflower or tomato. When the vegetables are combined, the cooks will dip the pakoras in batter and deep-fried. These are best served with a rich chutney or curry sauce like our low-calorie Rogan Josh curry sauce!
  • Savoury Samosas – Another Indian snack, but this one is packed with spices! Traditionally, spiced potatoes, onions, lentils, minced lamb or beef fill the samosas. Once mixed together, the bakers place the filling in a triangular pastry casing for baking. These snacks often go well with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.
  • Chole Bhature – Otherwise known as chickpea curry. This dish is healthy and filling. Perfect for a weekday dinner! Quick and easy to make. All you need to do is thicken up our low-fat Punjabi Tadka sauce in a pan for a few minutes. Then adding a tin of chickpeas. If you’re looking for a thicker consistency, mash a few of the chickpeas while cooking. Then simmer for 5 minutes. Once it’s ready, serve up with some bread or plain basmati rice.

Fancy cooking some Diwali dishes in your kitchen this week? Why not try our family sauces? Inspired by traditional recipes, Family Secret’s low-fat curry sauces bring flavoursome, filling yet quick and easy meals to the modern-day family. Choose from vegan sauces to gluten free curries!

Customers can purchase our collection of low fat curry sauces on our website, from a low calorie rogan rosh curry to a low calorie moroccan tagine sauce, take a look here.

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5 Things Only Curry Lovers Will Truly Understand

Ah, curry; that delicious stew of spiciness that makes a mean treat at the end of a busy work week. For many, curry is the symbol of a good Friday night-in, but how many of you will go as far as to say you’re a ‘curry lover’?

After all, everyone enjoys a good ol’ curry from time to time, but only true curry lovers will relate to the following. 

The ‘look’ you give someone when they order a Chicken Korma.

While some look at the mild and creamy Korma as a respectable curry option, you can expect the connoisseurs of curry to look down on them in shame. In the words of Smithy from Gavin and Stacey, “a Korma is pointless, it’s futile!”  but there’s always one who decides to order this mellow dish and as lover of curry, you’re horrified that someone you loved and trusted would pick something so simple! It’s safe to say it’s still a firm favourite with My Family Secret!

Having to listen to people tell you take away curries are better than homemade.

Perhaps you have a recipe dating back decades or there’s this one homemade low fat curry sauce that you really love – either way, you will have to deal with idiots telling you how much better their ‘local’ is compared to your recipe. We beg to differ, there is nothing better than homemade and they clear haven’t tried our sauces.

Watching someone who’s eating a curry much too hot for them and enjoying their suffering.

We have all seen it, haven’t we? The over confident orderer selecting their vindaloo. They seem so proud of their choice of curry, until it arrives and they realise after the third mouthful they’ve got to finish the dish!

Our family sauces are all carefully seasoned and flavoured for maximum impact but minimal heat so they can be enjoyed by all. For tips on how to cool down a hot curry, check out our blog!

Curry Breath

It was reported that curry was actually good for bad breath, suggesting the curry leaves have anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. However, this is far from the truth. All of the hard-hitting spices in curries combine in your mouth to leaving your breath smelling far from fresh!

If you’re a fan of curry, why not try some of our low fat curry sauces? We have a range of vegan sauces that draw inspiration from around the world, bringing traditional recipes to our modern customers.

Whether it’s a low fat Rogan Josh sauce you’re looking for, or a simple Green Thai healthy curry sauce, you can now buy 4 of our sauces for just £10 – and you will get one complimentary family sauce of choice free! With your order of 4 for £10, you will also get free delivery. 

This offer will expire on 13/10/2017.

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Top Tips to Cool Down a Curry with Family Secret

We’ve all done it, haven’t we? Made the leap to trying a brand new curry recipe; plonking tons of chillies and sprinkling spices in the pan but when you take the first bite, it blows your head off! It’s enough to ruin your night, and definitely your appetite – but did you know it can be avoided?

There is no need to scrap the lot and start from scratch, here are some of our favourite ways to cool down your curry dish:

  • Adding more ingredients to cool down the heat – If you have ever found yourself gasping for breath after tasting a curry, try adding more of the other ingredients to lessen the impact. Particularly if you’re making a soup or stew-type curry, you should add more liquid to thin out the sauce while throwing in some more vegetables, protein or starch products to the curry.
  • Adding Dairy – A popular choice of beverage for maniacs who try the ‘World’s Spiciest Chillies’ for “fun”, dairy products are great at counteracting the heat of a curry. Known for their cooling effect, adding milk, sour cream or even a dollop of plain yogurt in a serving of curry will bring the spiciness down.
  • Adding Acidic Ingredients – This tip comes straight from Thai cuisine, which happily uses lots of chillies in their dishes. In order to combat the spice, a lot of their dishes use a liberal amount of acid such as citrus juices, vinegar or even ketchup.
  • Adding a sweetener – Just like the acidic produce, sugar and other sweeteners add a different element of flavour that can tame spiciness. However, you will want to add a very small amount and taste the dish constantly so that your savoury curry doesn’t turn into a dessert!
  • Adding Nuts – While it may sound unusual, adding peanut, almond or tahini paste into your soup or stew tends to mellow out the dish but will not be noticeable when you eat it. (Be sure to check for any allergies if you’re cooking for guests before trying this trick at your next dinner party!)
  • Serve with bland, starchy foods – If your incredibly spicy dish tastes annoyingly perfect, you may not want to add any other ingredients that could ruin it. Family Secret suggests serving your curry with something bland and starchy i.e. rice, pasta, bread or potatoes.

If you’re looking for fresh and low fat curry sauces that are not so spicy that they’ll shock your taste buds, check out Family Secret’s range of curry sauces – inspired by traditional recipes from around the world.

To purchase any of our gluten free sauces*, check out our shop!

Ahead of National Curry Week on 9th – 15th October, we are offering an exclusive offer for 2 weeks to all of our customers, you can buy 4 sauces for £10 and receive one complimentary sauce of choice with free delivery!   

*Szechuan Kung Pao is our only sauce that does not contain gluten free ingredients.  However, all sauces are made in a factory which handles gluten, soya, dairy and nuts.

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What Does Your Favourite Curry Say About You?

Choosing your favourite curry can be difficult – after all, there are so many to choose from. Maybe it’s the mild yet creamy Korma, or perhaps you’re more of a vindaloo fan! Whatever your favourite curry dish, we can bet it says all lot about you as a person.

In fact, it is probably able to tell us about your personality, interests and habits – not just your culinary tastes. At Family Secret, we have outlined some of the most popular curries in the UK and what they say about you! So, next time you order your favourite takeaway you will be thinking about much more than how delicious it looks…

Korma

People may look at you and think you’re plain and simple but you’re a classic after all! Meek and mild, you don’t need all the bells and whistles to make you stand out. Instead, you enjoy the simple things in life and people know what they are getting with you, it’s one of the reasons you’re so popular with everyone!

Tikka Masala

This sauce packs a bit more punch than the Korma but is still gentle enough on the tastebuds to suit most palettes, just as you are versatile and able to adapt to different situations and get on with almost everybody! A firm favourite with a little bit more flavor, you are the life and soul of most parties!

Rogan Josh

Just like the Rogan Josh’s rich flavour, you enjoy the more indulgent things in life. Full of personality but easy to get along with, you are full of character. You are bold, confident and not afraid to make a statement!

Jalfrezi

Just like this older curry recipe, you are wise and distinguished!

Not afraid to speak your mind, you are known for being a bit fiery at times but your refreshing take on things always bring plenty of flavor to a social situation!

What is your favourite curry dish? Did we get it right? Feel free to let us know on our Facebook and Twitter.

Family Secret are passionate about making good, healthy food. Taking inspiration from around the world, we have created low fat curry sauces that a packed full of flavour – an affordable alternative to supermarket sauces.

If you would like to try any of Family Secret’s healthy, vegan sauces or learn how to make a Indonesian Rendang curry – or any of our dishes, go to our online store where we offer free delivery!

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How to Make the Perfect Chicken Curry

Simple yet packed with flavour, chicken curries are a popular dishes in the UK. In fact, one in seven curries sold in Britain is a chicken tikka masala.

Commonly found in South Asia as well as the Caribbean, a chicken curry is a quick and easy dish. It is made up of chicken stewed in an onion and tomato sauce. However, at Family Secret, we like to spice things up a bit!

We have designed a collection of rich and fresh sauces that will go perfectly with your chicken on curry night.

Low Fat Green Thai Curry Sauce

The Green Thai curry is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular curry dishes. It’s a signature of Thai cuisine!

A sweet yet spicy dish, our Green Thai curry recipe embraces these qualities and packs them into our family sauces. Drawing back to traditional recipes, our sauce contains a number of ingredients including: 

  • Lemon grass
  • Galangal (ginger)
  • Garlic
  • Kefir lime leaves
  • Cilantro roots
  • Shrimp paste

These ingredients thicken and sweeten the sauce, while the spices: cumin, coriander and turmeric and fresh green chillies, really pack a punch.

Low Calorie Rogan Josh Curry Sauce

While typically cooked with Persian lamb, our Rogan Josh curry sauce compliments chicken.

Despite being used with chicken, our sauce maintains that true Kashmiri style – containing traditional ingredients used in its original recipes from India. Whether it’s diced onions, tomatoes, low fat yoghurt and garam masala or ground cardamon, cinnamon and lemon juice, we stay true to what makes this healthy curry sauce great – and that is flavour!

Low Sugar Punjabi Tadka Curry Sauce

Heavily influencing takeaway curries and our idea of a “curry”, Punjabi Tadka is a simple curry sauce that is not to be overlooked.

Typically served with chicken, the Punjabi Tadka sauce acts like a thick, gravy-like dressing. Despite its thick sauce, the Punjabi Tadka is made up of only a few ingredients like diced onions, ginger puree, garam masala, turmeric, green Indian chillies and coriander.

For more information about any of our sauces feel free to contact us on 0800 001 6161 or share with us your Family Secret dishes on our Twitter and Face.

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How To Make An Indonesian Rendang Curry

How To Make An Indonesian Rendang Curry

Originating from West Sumatra in Indonesia, the Rendang recipe was linked to the Minangkabau people. They typically cooked the delicious dish on a daily basis. However, it was cooked on ceremonial occasions to honour guests and festive seasons. 

Traditionally, a Rendang is cooked using coconut milk and beef as the main ingredients. Traditional recipes would then add pepper, onions, turmeric leaves and lime leaves. The dish would be left to cook for hours until the sauce was completely absorbed by the meat. Thus, leaving it delicious and juicy to eat.

Now, while best served in its home country, you needn’t travel all the way to Sumatra to recreate this iconic dish. At Family Secret, we have created a range of low fat curry sauces that are perfect for creating traditional dishes – including our Indonesian Rendang Curry sauce.

For this recipe you will need:

● 575g Diced Beef

● Family Secret’s Indonesian Rendang Curry Sauce

● 200ml Water

● 250g Basmati Rice

Method:

1. Add the diced beef to a wok and cook on a medium heat for at least 3 to 4 minutes – or until the meat has browned.

2. When the meat is cooked, stir in Family Secret’s Rendang sauce and leave to simmer on a low heat. If you want the sauce to go further, particularly if you have a big family, try adding the water to thin out the sauce.

3. You will know when the dish is ready when the meat is tender to touch and liquid has been fully absorbed. This will usually take an hour to happen. However, if you’re in a rush to cook a quick dinner, we recommend leaving the sauce to simmer for at least 30 minutes.

4. While your Rendang is cooking, prepare your basmati rice and serve up onto your dinner plates.

You can see the result of our Indonesian Rendang curry recipe here.

If reading about the delicious Rendang curry recipe has sparked your interest? Why not try it out yourself when you purchase our low fat Indonesian Rendang curry sauce.

For more information about all of our vegan sauces, get in touch with the Family Secret team on 0800 001 6161.

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Dieting: Why Our Sauces Are The Perfect Dieting Partner?

As they say ‘summer bodies are made in the winter!’ As we approach the colder months, weight loss and diet talk starts to fill the air. For those looking to shake up their diet, have you ever tried a diet filled with curries?

Now, we don’t mean pigging out at your local Indian every night of the week; indulging in creamy chicken kormas and stodgy sag aloo. Instead, we mean trying out traditional Asian recipes – keeping all the flavour but taking out the fatty elements.

Numerous people have reported losing several stone in weight after eating curries two meals a day. In particular, Suki Burai, a mother of three who lost three stone from creating traditional Indian curries. 

In fact, curry could actually be better for you than just losing weight. Resea have looked at the spices in curries such as turmeric, cumin, allspice, cardamon and ginger

Taking inspiration from this, we’ve designed a range of low fat curry sauces that are perfect for healthy eating.

Low Fat Green Thai Curry Sauce

Regarded as the hotter of the Thai Curry triplets, our Green Thai curry sauce can be enjoyed with some diced chicken.. A thin yet flavoursome sauce, this Family Secret special contains a long list of healthy ingredients including:

  • Fresh green chillies
  • Lemon grass
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Kefir lime leaves
  • Cilantro roots
  • Shrimp paste.

What makes this healthy curry sauce beneficial for those trying to lose weight is it’s lack of fatty, creamy ingredients. Instead, we use a small splash of coconut cream and water to give the sauce some consistency and flavour.

Low Calorie Moroccan Tagine Sauce

Originating from North Africa, our Moroccan Tagine sauce draws from traditional cooking methods in Africa, in particular the technique of slow-cooking savoury stems. Using a crockery pot called a Tagine, the Moroccans would mix together sliced meat, poultry or fish with seasonal vegetables and fruits to create a stew. Then, they add spices, nuts and dried fruit for extra flavour. In later years, the Moroccan Tagine recipe was named after the pot it is cooked in.

Our take on the classic Moroccan Tagine sauce is made using fresh vegetables and spices such as tomatoes, onions, aubergines and paprika – making it low in calories (just 48kcal per 100g).

Healthy Indonesian Rendang Curry Sauce

Our most popular sauces is our Family Secret’s Indonesian Rendang Sauce. In 2017, it picked up a Great Taste Award. 

The Rendang dish was traditionally served at ceremonial occasions and to honour guests, but is most commonly served across Malaysia in the Malay community. We draw inspiration from classic Indonesian recipes, using traditional ingredients such as coconut milk, red chinese chillies, turmeric and milled lemongrass. While coconut milk is high in fats, coconut milk actually contains a ‘healthy kind of saturated fat’ that is not harmful to the body. This is what makes our Rendang sauce so healthy!

To find out how to make a Indonesian Rendang Curry, check out our recipes page for pictures of the dishes we created with all our sauces. 

If you’re looking to buy any of our healthy curry sauce options, take a look at our online store here. You can now take advantage of our FREE delivery service when you buy your favourite Family Secret sauces.

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