I tweeted a comment the other week about how bland a fresh curry sauce was that I was cooking with. It wasn’t as though it was Homepride, it had a good back story that sounded like it should deliver good stuff.
It took extra fried onions and garlic, and a tin of coconut milk, and a reasonable amount of salt to get it tasting anywhere near interesting. Not great, as it wasn’t cheap.
So it was lovely to get a tweet from Bim’s Kitchen asking me if I’d like to try their sauces and see how they compared. Always up for a challenge, so that was a definite yes from me. What can I say?
I like that these are a bit different in terms of curry, with their heritage coming from African inspired ingredients, but given the history of Indians in Africa then it’s no surprise to me that the two food cultures should have merged and developed something else from that. I mean, I don’t think alligator pepper is a big ingredient in tikka masala, but the spice mix certainly gives some punch.
I tried the African Bean & Nut Curry, made with chicken, but equally at home it says with fish, veg or tofu. There’s plenty of flavours going on in with this, with everything from black eyed beans to groundnuts, two unusual types of pepper and lemon. Oh, and definitely some spice! I’m a bit rubbish with heat, and although this is only their medium grade of heat I had to cool mine down a bit with some additional yogurt. It only killed some of the heat, definitely none of the flavour.
I would definitely try some more of these (thanks to the team there I still have the tomato and cashew nut sauce to go at) and try some of the condiments and other sauces. As it’s allegedly coming into BBQ season then you might want to consider the Smoky Baobab or Hot Tangy BBQ sauces, or even the Smokin’ Hot Sauce. Depends how hot you can tolerate it!
A lot of the Bim’s Kitchen products have been recognised with Great Taste Awards and I can see why. You’ll find these in a selection of good delis and butchers around the country, or buy online through their site.