Dehydrated camping meals might be fine in their place, they’ll never be as good a properly cooked meal. This is normally easier said than done out on the mountain, and so we usually sacrifice this for convenience. We were understandably excited when we found one of these curry kits by the Spice Tailor in our kitchen cupboard, and here’s why.
To start with, you get everything you need to create a specific curry in a package that’s perfectly designed to pack in a rucksack. All you need to add is the meat/veg and your rice of choice. Packaged neatly are the three stages needed to create your curry.
The first is the spices. This is simply fried for thirty seconds or so, with some fry light in our case we don’t think curries should be oily or greasy – ever. The Tikka Masala is particularly aromatic with the cinnamon and cloves, you just know this is going to be tasty.
Be warned – the chilli that comes with it can be tempting, but it was a tad fiery!
You then add your meat or veg, we used pre-cooked chicken but you could easily use dehydrated chicken if you’re out for more than one night. We warmed this up before adding the base sachet, which we fried for another couple of minutes.
Finally, the sauce was added and the curry simmered until cooked.
We also added our rice directly into the sauce in order to warm it up, though we would favour a boil in the bag rice.
Overall, this is one of the best curries we’ve tasted outside of an Indian restaurant with the curries available in a range of varieties. We tried the Tikka Masala, Rogan Josh and the Fiery Goan curries and were impressed with all three. They also produce a milder Korma, as well as a Keralan, Pepper and Punjabi curries.
They claim that their Tikka Masala would beat any take-away in a taste taste, and after munching a few of these, we’ve no reason to doubt them!
Cooking this on the hill is easy enough, and much more satisfying than warming up food or preparing a dehydrated meal. At £2.89 a pop they may not be cheap, but you get what you pay for. We’ll certainly be taking these with us again.