Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Curry can improve your health.

Here at Curry with Love, we firmly believe that our Curry Kits are a healthy choice. Not only are they low in fat, but the freshly ground spices and whole spices that we use, have many health benefits. Here's just a snippet of how Indian spices can help to improve your health.

Turmeric, Ginger, Cardamom, Clove and Black Pepper are all commonly used to treat a number of gestational complaints, such as bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, gas, heartburn and loss of appetite. 

Turmeric in particular is said to help with arthritis, and can also be used for skin complaints. It is being researched widely for its anti-cancer properties.

Current research is suggesting that Cinnamon may help people with type 2 diabetes, as it is thought to help increase insulin action.

Fenugreek is a rich source of iron, nutrients, minerals and fibre. It can help to lower bad cholesterol and is also said to help protect the colon mucus membrane from cancers.

Chilli powder and Paprika has been proven to reduce bad cholesterol. It's also packed with antioxidants and can improve eye health. Chillies boost your metabolism too, which means eating our curry can help with weight loss!

Fennel seeds are a good source of vitamin C, fibre, iron and potassium.

Cumin is thought to boost overall health. It has the ability to aid digestion, aid your sleep and help with breathing complaints, such as asthma, bronchitis and even the common cold.

Star Anise is rich in antioxidants, and has antibacterial and anti fungal properties.

Coriander is great for cleansing and detoxifying the body. It can purify the blood, aid digestion, help to reduce fever and keep allergies at bay.

Curry Leaves also help the body to loose weight as they change the way our bodies absorb fat. They help the fight against diabetes by keeping our blood sugar levels in check. Curry leaves are also great for women in early stages of pregnancy, as they are rich in folic acid and iron. These leaves are also packed with vitamins A, B, C and E. And as if all that wasn't enough, these leaves also help our hearts to function better.

So now, after all this research and typing...I think I need some chillies to help with my eye health! 

Doesn't food taste better when you know it's doing you good?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

How our kits differ from others.

Before staring our business we needed to check out the competition, so we cooked our way through several different Curry Kits that are readily available. On the whole, I thought most of them made a good meal. But what I was surprised to find (with all but 1 of the kits we tried), was how much effort was still required in order to prepare a meal.

 On the whole, most of the kits still required the cook to buy, peel and chop extra ingredients, such as onions, garlic and ginger. Some even called for fresh chillies. I found that the time and effort was just the same, as if I was to cook a curry from scratch. So it was obvious to me, that our Curry Kit needed to be as simple as possible, with minimal input from the chef. But obviously without compromising on taste.

This was quite a big challenge, and believe me, we tried all sorts of different methods of how to add onions, garlic, ginger and chillies to our Curry Kits. After all, this addition is what would help to set us apart from the other Curry Kits available. I bought a dehydrator, just a regular domestic one. I then sliced onions and garlic and dehydrated them for use in our kits. The flavour was amazing, and I knew we had found the way forward. I also picked and dehydrated the chillies that my husband grew in our poly tunnel.

Once again, I was more than happy with the results. The only thing was, my dehydrator, which took 8 hours to dry out the food, only made enough for about half a dozen kits...Oops!! It was obvious that we needed to source these ingredients from elsewhere and after much searching, we finally found a great company, who could supply us with really good quality, dehydrated onions and garlic. We also managed to find another supplier who provides us with 3 different chilli varieties. Finally, we were all good to go.

So when you do buy one of our Curry Kits, you will see that there are 2 sachets included. The first will contain all of your ground spices, which we hand-blend. The second will contain onions, garlic and whole spices. (The whole spices differ depending on the kit).

All you need to do, is to add your liquid and either meat, fish or vegetables. I'm proud to say that I believe our range of Curry Kits are one of the simplest kits available. Our Curry kits are also super healthy and we never, ever, compromise on quality or taste.

Want to look at our lovely Curry Kits?

Monday, 1 September 2014

Our journey so far...

When we initially started our business, we thought our target market was young, single men (no offence intended), who didn't know how to cook! How wrong we were. It quickly became clear to us that in fact our Curry Kits were being snapped up by the busy working men and women of Bury St Edmunds, that loved food and healthy eating, but didn't want to spend hours preparing a meal from scratch for themselves and their families. 

A lot of our kits that started out being very spicy were toned down to accommodate our customers needs. After all, we can tailor make the kits to suit, so if someone wants their kit spicier, we can add more chilli. 

We also listened to what our customers wanted. Whilst the initial 8 Curry Kits were flying off the shelf, we were asked time and time again for a Korma! Personally, I'm not a massive fan of mild, creamy curries, but we needed to meet demand. It took us 2 years to perfect the recipe. Finally we cracked it. Trying to get the colour right was a challenge as we never use any colours, preservatives or additives in our kits. Due to the amount of white spices used, the Korma often came out with a grey tinge! We got there in the end though.

We also developed a Limited Edition range of Curry Kits, they were supposed to enhance our menu for just 3 months, but when we tried to take them off, our customers complained! So the Chicken Vindail, Slow Cooked Pork Curry and Coconut Prawn Curry are now a firm fixture on the Curry with Love menu. 

Over the years, we have also developed a small range of side Curry Kits, which include Bombay Potatoes, Pilau Rice, Spicy Spinach and Potatoes and Curried Tomatoes and Spinach. They are designed to compliment our main Curry Kits.

We recently updated our logo, website and packaging with help from Mum and I really felt that we needed to try and build our brand identity, and show what we are about: A homemade product, with a personal touch

For Mum and I our main goal is to provide our customers, new and old with good service, a great, authentic product and a healthy approach to eating. 

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