My boyfriend bought me The Spicery's 'Friday Night Curry Discoverer' subscription for my birthday because of my love of curry, we really enjoyed this and were sad when it finished. We thought we would get the Curry Legend Gift Box to continue the new-found fun of making curries.
I'm 18 and to be honest I've barely cooked food from scratch in my life (Thanks mum), yet was able to make some fantastic meals using this kit. My family and I love the food made from the kit.
The product comes with the hardback cookbook, a bookmark, a 1tsp measure and 4 different spices which are used in recipes throughout the cookbook. This is convenient because if you follow online curry recipes, chances are you will purchase spices that you will only end up using once or twice.
The first spice is the Haldi Blend, this adds colour and flavour and is used as the base for lots of the dishes. The next is the Mirchi Blend, this is a deep red spice consisting of 3 different chillies of varying heat, flavour, sweetness and colour. Next is the Methi Blend, this is a fragrant spice full of aroma and brings lovely aromatic oils to the meal. Finally the Jeera blend, this is a mixture of cumin, brown mustard, nigella seeds and fenugreek seeds.
The recipes are really friendly for those who have never even cooked a curry before as the instructions are easy to follow. At the beginning of the book there are various suggested menus of different mains and sides to put together (Eg: Summer, Winter, Vegetarian, East, Cooking to Impress) if you don't know what would constitute a good meal. Otherwise, if you flick to a certain curry you want to eat, it has a 'Goes great with' suggestion for sides.
Each recipe has a 'Also works a treat with', which allows you to either add or substitute ingredients. Lots of the time this recommends how you could substitute the meat for a veggie version, or how you could switch a meat for another meat. If you are a Veggie this book would be fantastic despite most curry 'mains' containing meat for this reason (there is also an entire section dedicated to veggie meals too).
They also have a 'Raise your game by' section, this allows you to make the recipes harder/better if you wish. One example is that you can turn Bombay potatoes into Saag Aloo by adding spinach and tomatoes. This basically means that the '80 recipes' become many more recipes with simple changes. They also all have a heat rating, a serving number, prep time and cook time, so you can properly organise the times you will start each dish.
The question you are probably asking - What happens when I run out of the provided spices? Well, the front pages recommend ways you can stretch the provided spices to last longer (for example, mix 3 parts paprika, 2 parts chilli powder and 1 measure of mirchi blend together to extend it further) - but you can also buy more from the spicery's website. You can buy each spice pot for £2.95, or all four for £7.95.
You may notice there is also another cheaper Curry Legend product on Amazon, the only difference is that this one has better presentation and metal tins instead of plastic bags. The size of the spices are the same too (40-60g for both). To be honest I'm kind of annoyed I didn't buy the cheaper one now as the difference seems insignificant.
Overall I'm really pleased with this though! The curries are AMAZING, the recipes are easy to follow and everything has a really well-presented and nice feel to it.
Probably a good presentfor men of all ages. Beautifully presented in a box with a very graphic book. Colourful and easy to follow recipes. The combination of visual with the smell of the spices in the mannly containers seemed to motivated the man to do some cooking. The only criticism that came out of his mouth was "shame there isn't any Thai Curry recipes". Yes, he loves his book set and seems to ogle the images for a good gorge.
I wanted to extend my culinary talents and learn to make an authentic Indian meal. This kit - the book and spices - is excellent. The recipes are easy to follow and the spices are perfectly blended. At my first attempt I cooked jalfrezi and gobi aloo. By the end of the process I had created two delicious dishes and my confidence had soared. I will definitely be repeating the experience and in the future hope to broaden my tastes and eventually cook an Indian "banquet" from scratch, maybe even for friends. Highly recommend the kit.
Ive made several of the recipes now and they are all great. My favourite (surprisingly) being the korma recipe - its not as sweet and creamy as that found in indian restaurants. Instead its spicy with a slight hum of heat which is great with ingredients such as chicken or prawns. The tins and packaging is well made and designed. I bought this for myself but will buy others as they would make a great gift for a curry lover.
Almost all. I bought the BOX set. This is a cardboard box. I was not pleased with this as my sister in law's is a tin box, and is much better and will last a whole lot longer. As for the spices and cook book, I say it's a must buy. It's GREAT!! We love it our friends and family love it and they have all subscribe.
Really love this kit. Bought for husband's birthday. We've done a few recipes now and both have been easy and delicious. Having the spice blends already done makes cooking a curry a breeze. My only criticism would be that the tins with the spices don't stack properly so are always falling over. If they could make the tins stack I would be very happy.
This is quite simply the best Indian recipe book I have yet found. Very simple to make and close to restaurant in taste but with higher quality ingredients. The four spice blends are extremely versatile.
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my son who lives in New York (seems you can't get a decent curry over there) and he and his family have been really pleased with it. Every one a winner apparently and very easy. I have already bought some spice refills to take with me when I go out there next month.