If one good thing has come from lockdown, it’s been rediscovering my love for home cooking. With all my favourite restaurants closed, I’ve had no choice but to get my arse back into the kitchen and get creative. One thing I’ve never been brave enough to tackle, however, is curry from scratch.
Like many others, I’m put off by the sheer amount of ingredients required to capture that truly authentic taste. Enter Tyga. Not to be confused with the American rapper or Canadian DJ (wrong spelling, obvs), Tyga Indian Spice Kits are designed to take away the stress of sourcing spices and weighing out the correct portion sizes required to make the perfect curry.
Available as separate kits and as a subscription service, Tyga offer everything you need to make a wide range of curries and sides, from mild to medium to blow-your-head-off spicy. We were sent the Gentleman’s Curry Kit (£14.49), which contains 12 herbs and spices – enough to create up to eight tasty meals.
The kit also comes with handy recipe cards, with easy-to-follow instructions on how to make the following dishes:
- Chicken Chettinad
- Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken)
- Malabar Prawn
- Lamb Kofta
- Tomato Chutney
All ingredients included are gluten free and each recipe can be made vegetarian or vegan free if necessary. So far, I’ve whipped up the Chicken Chettinad and the Malabar Prawn and the results have been impressive.
What’s even better is that the fresh ingredients you’re required to go out and buy are essential items that you won’t struggle to find even in the smallest of supermarkets. The Chicken Chettinad for example, required onions, natural yoghurt, coconut milk, oil, honey, rice and of course, chicken.
I began by marinating the chicken in oil, yoghurt and masala spice for a couple of hours, however, you can do this for up to 24 hours for maximum results. Cooking time itself didn’t take any longer than 25 minutes, which included prepping the veg. As someone who has no patience for long and complex cooking methods, this suited me down to a tee.
I usually chuck in additional spice when preparing food at home, but trust me, there’s no need with these kits. The Chicken Chettinad turned out perfectly and had all the punch and flavour of a restaurant quality curry. My flatmate was equally impressed.
The Malabar Prawn was even easier to prep, requiring less fresh ingredients and a shorter cooking time. Harking from Kerala, this warming dish had hints of sweet and sour alongside a powerful kick of spice.
I’m yet to try the Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken), Lamb Koftas and Tomato Chutney, but look forward to seeing how these turn out. Each kit comes in a box designed to fit through your letter box and all the ingredients have a shelf life of 9 months.
Whether you’re a curry connoisseur or a home cooking novice, you need to check out Tyga. These curries will blow you away with their quality and have you questioning whether or not your local takeaway is really all that.