Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Product Review: Arora Creations Organic Tikka Masala Seasoning Mix

As food preparation goes, Indian can be a little time consuming to prepare. Especially, if it's a work night and you're craving it! Recently, while shopping in the organic food section of my local market I came across Arora Creations Organic Tikka Masala seasoning mix.I've since had it several times and I'd like to tell you about it.

First I'd like to explain that I usually avoid most prepared foods. More often than not, if you find yourself opening a can or tearing open a packet of something that is ready-to-eat or nearly-ready-to-eat, you're just going to end up swallowing a lot of things you shouldn't. We've all read the ingredient lists on cans and packets and some of the things in there just don't grow on trees or come about naturally. So, at an age that I can't eat like a teenager without gaining a lot of weight, I've decided when I eat, is going to be damn good. Sure, sometimes it is unavoidable, but most times I'll pass on the ridiculously long, multi-syllabic chemical abominations that are in ready-to-eat foods, thank you.

All that said, you can take my recommendation of Arora Creations Organic Tikka Masala to heart. As it does fall under the nearly-ready-to-eat category of prepared foods there is a little work involved in cooking it. If your familiar with cooking Indian food at home though, the first time you cook this, you're going to realize it is a big time saver. You'll need chicken, olive oil, an onion, ginger, garlic, tomato sauce and cilantro, but the end result is worth it.

The directions are straightforward and it all comes together very easily. The recipe also calls for serving it with a side of yogurt. I handle it a little differently and mix in 3/4 cup of yogurt about 5 minutes before it's done. Shut off your heat, give it a few moments to flavor up, add your cilantro and serve it over some basmati rice. The end result is a really nice chicken tikka masala. It may be a little spicy for some, but I think most people familiar with Indian food won't be disappointed or overwhelmed. It has a great aroma, is very tasty and will satisfy Indian cravings handily. It's even better the next day.

Don't forget the naan or roti!

Arora Creations also offers many other organic and non-organic Indian selections but I haven't tried them yet. You can be sure that if I do, I'll review it here.

Arora Creations Organic Tikka Masala is certified USDA Approved Organic and can be purchased here.

Ingredients: Ground sunflower seeds*, salt, ground coriander*, ground black pepper*, ground cumin*, ground chilies*, sugar*, ground nutmeg*, ground mace*, ground cinnamon*, ground cloves*, ground black cardamom, ground cardamom*, citric acid, silicon dioxide, lemon essential oil*, soy bean oil*, ground turmeric*. *organic

Product Review: Arora Creations Organic Tikka Masala Seasoning Mix

1 comment:

  1. Update: I have since tried this product along with pork loin and it produced excellent results.