I love a curry buffet, I always find it so hard to commit to one type of curry (because I want them all!), so I love being able to pile up my plate with lots of different varieties. Doing a homemade curry buffet, however, is a labour of love because each individual dish is like making a meal in itself, and unfortunately it’s just not something that I have time for in my life! Equally, I don’t have a decent Indian takeaway near me, and both the cost, and the high fat content would put me off anyway.
What with it being National Curry Week this week, I really wanted to have a bunch of friends over and do a good old feast, but just couldn’t see myself having the time to whip one up. Now I’ve known for ages that Iceland have a range of Slimming World curries, but I was expecting for them to just be the old ready meal/curry rice combo, and hadn’t properly looked at them, so when I popped into the store I was amazed at how big the range of curries is now, and how good they looked! With their curry week offer on at the moment, if you buy 3 Slimming World meals, you get a free 6 pack Iceland rice steam bag– so I decided to make a curry feast for 6 using the Iceland Slimming World curry meals and rice bags, and just to do a couple of token (and very quick and easy) fresh veg dishes to add the homemade element! All of the Slimming World meals are grouped together in store in Iceland, so very easy to find, and as a real bonus, they are all syn free!
The current range of Iceland Slimming World Indian meals includes:
I have to say I was really pleasantly surprised when I opened them up- they are really generous portions, packed full of ingredients, and looked really appealing.
You can either microwave or oven cook each curry, but I decided it would be more time efficient to put them all in the oven as I was cooking so many, they all take between 40-50 minutes in the oven, or 9-12 minutes each in the microwave.
In the meantime, I whipped up my own super-easy fresh veg dishes- number 1 a whole roasted tandoori cauliflower- you just make a super quick paste of tandoori powder and water, and brush it over a whole cauliflower head (leaves trimmed away) with a silicone pastry brush, then spray with low calorie cooking spray and roast for about 35 minutes at 180c- voila, a perfect curry centre-piece!
Number 2 was a very quick Indian carrot salad- you just need grated carrots, lemon juice, chopped fresh mint, toasted cumin seeds, salt and chopped green chilli. Mix it all up and there you are (and it’s a lovely complement to the curries, fresh and zingy).
I bought some poppadoms for an extra little crunch on the side, and within an hour (most of that time in which I wasn’t actually doing any cooking), I had a really impressive looking curry feast! Generally chicken tikka masala is always my favourite (I know it’s not authentic, but it’s so tasty!), and this one was lovely with big chunks of chicken and a tasty sauce, but the surprise favourite for me in this range was the vegetable dhal- really tasty, perfectly al dente lentils and lovely to eat! All the curries were lovely, and made a brilliant curry feast for my friends and I- All at only £15 for 5 curries, and rice for 6- so £2.50 per person (as the rice was free with the offer!)
Here’s my curry buffet- I was really pleased with it, and loved how effective it was for so little actual cooking on my part!
Not only can you pick up these curries in-store at Iceland, but they also do a fantastic home delivery service (they won Best Online Supermarket 2017)- you can get free next day delivery if you spend over £35!
Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Iceland. All opinions are my own, and honest and truthful. All images are mine.