You cannot beat a good Indian curry but if you are watching your weigh having a take away means consuming a lot of hidden calories. That is without mentioning the cost which when feeding a family can be high! So when Vini and Bal's got in touch to ask me if I would like to try some of their authentic Indian curry sauces I was curious to see whether they would be like getting one from a restaurant.
Vini and Bal's is the creation of a husband and wife team. Vini's family moved over the England in the 70's and Vini grew up cooking with her mother and grandmother, the food was made from scratch and she has treasured memories of growing up grinding spices with a pestle and mortar and making smiley faced chapattis. When Vini married Bal, Vini and Bal's was born. They both have a passion for healthy, home cooked food. After Vini had shared her families sauces with friends it became apparent that there was something special about the sauces. In 2011 they started to make the sauces commercially. Over time the recipe has evolved to cater for Vini's mother who was diagnosed with Coeliacs so the sauces needed to be healthy, clean and of course gluten free! They even paid a visit to BBC's Dragon's Den and got the backing from them!
Vini and Bals are available in five delicious varieties:
- Jeera – Cumin based - Vegan
- Tharka – Spinach & Tomato - Vegan
- Fiery MIrchi – Chilli & Garlic - Vegan
- Shahi – Mild, Indulgent, Creamy - Vegetarian
- Makani – Spicy, Creamy, Indulgent - Vegetarian
To enjoy the curry simply select which meat, fish or vegetables you wish to use, add the sauce and cook for just 10 minutes. So far we have tried the Jeera and Makani sauces. The makani was a lot hotter than the makani that we have tried in the past but was very tasty. I had the jeera and loved it! Best of all it was not high in syns, this sauce was under 10 syns which meant that I could enjoy it without the guilt!
Vini and Bal's sauces are available nationwide from Morrison's and retail at just £2 which makes them not only a healthier option but also a lot cheaper than paying for a take away. I know that the next time we want to have a curry I will be getting some more Vini and Bal's sauces.
Disclosure: I was sent the sauces for the purpose of this post. No cash payment was received. All words, views and opinions are my own and 100% honest.