Instant mash to thicken a curry?

Discussion in 'Slimming World Recipes' started by loulabella1, 12 February 2014.

  1. loulabella1

    loulabella1 Member

    Hi all

    I made a Jamie Oliver tikka masala but the sauce is a bit thin (but v v yummy and worked out 6 syns per portion) and I'm having leftovers tonight. Was wondering if anyone had tried using instant mash to thicken a sauce or a gravy? I was just trying to think of a quick syn free way to do it. If not I know you can grate a potato and cook for 2 mins then stir that in but I was just being lazy!

  2. Princess_Stevie

    Princess_Stevie Well-Known Member

    I've seen lots on here that add instant mash to stews and soups to thicken them up, so I don't see why it wouldn't work with a curry. Tomato puree also helps to thicken things up, as does red onion x
  3. loulabella1

    loulabella1 Member

    Ah thanks for that - I did try searching on here but clearly I'm not very good at searching! Can't wait to eat it later it really was yummy!
  4. Beautyxx

    Beautyxx Well-Known Member

    You just need to be careful on using things like this as its classed as a tweak. Like making a cake with couscous etc.

    If you do it and it doesn't affect weight loss, then its fine and you can get away with it, but tweaks can build up and then you can find that you don't lose weight/ gain weight when you 'think' you are following the plan, however its the tweaks that are outside plan that are to blame.

    When i make a curry i try and build in things to thicken within the curry recipe, so i use dried split peas for example which absorb water, pasata based curries tend to thicken nicely as well. Also adding things like sweet potato, carrot, butternut squash help to thicken without adding syns, and in the case of butternut squash and carrots, you are adding to the superfree content as well.
  5. loulabella1

    loulabella1 Member

    I see what you are saying but if I added potatoes (which are allowed and would thicken) it would be more calories and I'm adding it to a meal rather than using for a pudding / snack. I do get confused with these cheat things. So for example if I served this with mash potato (made with smash) rather than rice it wouldn't be cheating but because I'm adding prob 1 teaspoon per serving it's counted as cheating - v confusing!

  6. PeggyDee

    PeggyDee Well-Known Member

    Or you could thicken the sauce by allowing it to boil down a bit. In a curry it wouldn't affect the meat and veg too much.
  7. loulabella1

    loulabella1 Member

    Thanks in the end I bought red lentils to add as figured much healthier than smash

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