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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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Low Fat Curry Sauces

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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Low Calorie Rogan Josh Curry

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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