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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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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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Low fat curry sauces

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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Healthy, low fat and vegan sauces

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…


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!


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 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


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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