Chicken Korma –

The Spicery curryA couple of weeks ago Mari’s World got chosen to be one of the blogs to promote the fabulous web site and I got to trial run the Three Month Curry Kit, the brainwave of The Spicery. I was excited. For one it was food and we love our food in this house and for two, it was a chance to get to grips with making my own curry, something that I had always thought was too difficult unless it came in a jar to add to cooked chicken.

Like all of the best ideas The Spicery started in James Ransome’s spare room with £5000 of his savings and his mum stepping forward as his first customer. James is a former chef and knows that spices are so much better when they’re fresh, so The Spicery grinds and blends in small batches before sending out.

In fact I think it was the blending of spices that always put me off making my own curry, I imagined all this time that either I would blow people’s heads off or not use enough and serve up a bland curry, so I have spent all these years phoning up take aways or using Ready Made jars, which I’m not knocking as I love them too but I couldn’t help but wonder just how difficult it would be to make my own.

The Spicery have a number of different options to choose from and the more I look at them the more I am tempted to try others, now I’ve bitten the bullet and had a go at my first. Should you like to try out for yourself or give as a present the Three Month Curry Kit then each month a different meal is put together, the spices are chosen and blended and packed separately in individual bags for each step of the cooking. All neatly labeled, trust me you can’t go wrong – well unless you don’t read the labels that is.

Along with your spices you receive two cards, one with a shopping list of all the fresh ingredients you need to buy ie I had to get chicken, spinach for the saag aloo and other bits and pieces that I didn’t have in my cupboards (fresh ginger!) and then a method step by step card which if you follow correctly,  your meal will all come together at the same time. The only extra I had to prepare was my Naan breads, a few minutes in the oven sprinkled with water.

So with no further ado I give you Moghul Chicken Korma, Saag Aloo and Raisin and Rose Chutney.


  1. Mama Syder
    October 20, 2011 / 10:18 AM

    I love a good curry! Great vlog as usual, popping over to The spicery website now to take a look.

  2. reluctanthousedad
    January 11, 2012 / 6:00 PM

    You’re a veteran vlogger, and no mistake. I like the idea of the Spicery kits. Going to look into it. (If you need me to wash that stain off the side of your trousers, I’m just putting a load of washing on now :)

    • January 11, 2012 / 6:04 PM

      Ha! Thanks for the offer – it’s all a huge learning curve trust me, I still learn every time I vlog because I see how I could have done it better. The Spicery kits are fabulous and there are loads to choose from too

  3. Xboox69
    July 3, 2012 / 11:38 AM

    The kits are ok but vastly overpriced. For price of a subscription you could invest in a decent cook book and by several kilos if spices. I had a six month subscription, I as pleased with it at first as they gave you the recipe with all he spices measured/listed out so you could make it again with your own ingredients at home. Halfway through this stopped. When I queried this with them I received quite a stroppy email saying they never promised giving the measured ingredients. It even states that you can find the measurements online, but they have also stopped doing. I would give the spicery 7 out of ten for interesting recipes bu only 1 out of ten for value after this. The 6 month subscription cost £50 and for this I got a few grammes of spices and 3 recipes. What a rip off! 

    • July 3, 2012 / 5:57 PM

      Thanks for your comment – interesting perspective. I only did two out of the three as the third they sent was far too hot for us and I gave it to my sister in law who loved it.
      Like you say maybe a bit expensive but is a good idea for an unusual gift.

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