Next time I must remember to take the photo before I'm practically licking the plate.
So I was half way through knocking up a Korma when I realised I didn't have any cream. I know, major bumholes...
I CBA to make a special trip to the shop, after all I had fresh coriander (probably the only ingredient I think merits a mid-cook shop rush). Looked in the fridge and we had natural yogurt, that'll do, after all we do advise on our Korma kits that you can use cream of yoghurt so I thought I'd pay a bit more attention as to the impact cream vs. yoghurt has on the final dish.
So what's best in a curry, cream or yoghurt?
Firstly it depends on the curry...
For a Tikka Masala I'd say you need yoghurt. You need yoghurt for the marinade anyway so it seems a shame to open something else. There's also the whole sweet and sour vibe going on with a tikka. You've got the sweetness from the coconut and tomatoes and the sourness from the mango in our spice mix. The yoghurt seems to hold it all together nicely without making it too sickly rich. It is a delicate balance though. Full fat yoghurt would be my choice as some of the low fat or light yoghurts can leave a bit of a tangy after taste that I'm not too keen on.
When it comes to the Korma though, I can't even say the word Korma without picturing mellow spices synchronised swimming in a creamy sauce. I normally go for single or double cream.
On this occasion, out of cream, I went for greek yoghurt which was not bad. Pretty tasty in fact, but I still wish I had cream.
I think you can just about get away with a full-fat natural or greek yoghurt in a Korma. There are obvious calorie or syn benefits by choosing yoghurt. Namely, for the slimming world syn counters, choosing yoghurt over cream frees up syns for a beer with your curry.
So let it be known that I'm in the cream over yoghurt korma camp. But also the beer with your curry over no beer camp.
So my advice for syn counters is to choose yoghurt and beer. Make it a good quality full fat yoghurt though, and a good beer. Personally I'd pair Yeo Valley (power to the West Country!) natural yoghurt - 1 syn per Korma portion with BrewDog Punk IPA 5.6% Vol 330ml can – 8 Syns.
Syn Values Cream and Yoghurt
How many syns are there in cream? As a rule of thumb it's 2 syns per level tablespoon. Double cream can have up to 3.5 syns and single around 1.5 syns.
You need 100ml to make a Boom kit and there are 5-6 tbsps in 100ml. That. means you're not going to have much change out of 12 syns for a creamy Korma.
I found this really useful list of Syns in all yoghurt and cream products at Donna's Slimming World.
|Type of Cream||No of tbsps (level spoons)||Syn Value tbsp||Syns 100ml/grams||
Syns Per Boom Serving (Karma Korma)
Natural Yoghurt - low fat
|Greek Yoghurt - low fat||5 tbsp||0.5||1||
|Natural Yogurt - full fat||4 tbsp||0.5||1.5||0.75|
|Aerosol Cream - regular||2 tbsp||0.5||2||1|
|Aerosol Cream - reduced fat/light||3 tbsp||0.5||
|Goats' Milk Yogurt - natural||2 tbsp||0.5||2||1|
|Pouring Yogurt||1.5 tbsp
|Greek Yoghurt - full fat||1 tbsp||0.75||3.5||1.75|
|Soured Cream - reduced fat||1 tbsp||1||6||3|
|Single Cream - reduced fat||1 tbsp||1||7||3.5|
|Creme Fraiche - reduced fat /half fat/light||1 tbsp||1||8||4|
|Dairy Free Cream Alternative||1 tbsp||1||8||4|
|Soured Cream - regular||1 tbsp||1.5||9.5||4.25|
|Single Cream - regular||1 tbsp||1.5||9.5||4.25|
|Creme Fraiche - regular||1 tbsp||2.5||17.5||
|Whipping Cream||1 tbsp||3||18.5||9.25|
|Double Cream||1 tbsp||3.5||23||11.5|
|Clotted Cream||1 tbsp||4.5||29.5||14.75|
Bonus syn values in popular beers
BrewDog Punk IPA 5.6% – 8 Syns
Brewdog Nanny State Alcohol Free Pale Ale 0.5% – 1.5 Syns
BrewDog Dead Pony Club Pale Ale 3.8% – 6 SynsCorona Light 330ml bottle – 4 Syns
Corona – 7 Syns
Peroni – 6 Syns
Budweiser – 7.5 Syns
San Miguel – 8 Syns
Sol – 7.5 Syns
Tiger – 5.5 Syns
Heineken – 7 Syns
Stella Artois – 7 Syns
Cobra beer Zero – 4 Syns
Bass beer Shandy bass – 3.5 Syns
Forgive us our syns!
One final note, I can't finish this post without mentioning condensed milk. I've had some customers come up to me and say they love it! Not tried it myself but my stepfather swears by it on his sticky toffee pudding - it's nice and sweet so can imagine that working well with our Karma Korma. Worth adding a few tins to your nuclear bunker pantry.