I made a curry with £1.49 Lidl sauce - and it was one of the best I've ever tasted

The curry was one of the best I've ever tasted
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Foodies and chefs alike may recoil in horror, but when you're tight on time a jar of sauce can be a quick and simple way to make a delicious family meal.

When it comes to curries, I've made my own from scratch plenty of times, but often find that you need a million and one ingredients (the remnants of the majority of which end up getting thrown out a couple of weeks later).

While shopping at Darwen's Lidl one night this week I was in a hurry. I had around seven minutes to do my shop and get to school to pick up my daughter (she normally walks home but I couldn't for shame let her walk in the torrential rain we've had lately).


So I took the easy way out. We've tried one of Lidl's Deluxe Korma sauce jars before and I was pleasantly surprised. This time I opted for the Butter Chicken jar (£1.49) and hastily made my way around the store to grab a few other bits.

My 'curry night' shop also included a 1kg pack of chicken thighs (£2.85), naan breads (£0.69p for two), and natural yoghurt (£0.79) and deluxe mango chutney (£1.69) for dipping. Expecting the meal could have served four people (we'll save any leftovers) that comes to a very reasonable £1.80 per person.

The staple ingredients for the curry
The staple ingredients for the curry -Credit:LancsLive

The instructions are insanely easy to follow. Brown the chicken, add the spice tub on the top of the jar, then 30 seconds later add the sauce and cook until the chicken is tender. I put my own 'twist' on this though, and only seared the chicken thighs to get some colour, before adding the jar, and then put it in the oven on 160C for around 45 minutes as I find this gives you a nice crispy skin and melt-in-the-mouth meat.

There may well be cooking snobs out there who wouldn't dream of using a jar of sauce. But this butter chicken was one of the best curries I've ever tasted. And I've tasted my fair share.

The chicken was spot on, the naan breads were soft and crunchy at the same time, the yoghurt cooled your tongue and the chutney added a fruity and spicy kick to the meal. I challenge anyone to make a better curry, for the same price, in such a short space of time.