Karimix Sri Lankan Tomato Chutney

by Rob House on January 8, 2013 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Chilli is a key ingredient in Sri Lankan cuisine and over 42,000 metric tonnes of dry chillies are consumed in Sri Lanka every year – that’s more than 2kg per person! Perhaps this is why Sri Lanka is known as the “Nation of Smiling People”.

08_IMG_2888Karimix are no strangers to us here at the ChileFoundry. In fact they have been making an award-winning range of chutneys, pastes and sauces since 1984. Today I will be reviewing their authentic Sri Lankan Tomato Chutney which won “Best Chutney” at the Great Dorset Chilli Festival in 2011.

I have seen Karimix at several chilli festivals in the past couple of years and have always been impressed with the quality of their packaging. This product is no exception. I particularly like the contrasting colours of black, orange and white which have been chosen for this label – they are bold and very easy to read. My only gripe is that the mild heat rating of this particular product is illustrated by the outlines of 4 chillies. At a quick glance this gives the impression that this chutney is much hotter than it is. It was not until I looked at their Thai Shrimp Relish that I realised the outlines are filled with colour to depict a higher heat rating.

Moving onto the contents of the jar, I am greeted by an almost curry-like aroma. The sweet tomatoes and fragrant spices are very reminiscent of one of my favourite curries – rogan josh.

Ingredients:

Tomatoes (63%), Sugar, Vinegar, Onions, Salt, Oil, Tomato Puree, Spices, Ginger, Garlic and Chillies.

Jar kindly provided by Karimix.

The texture of the chutney is quite smooth, but some seeds and spices are evident. I think I can spy cumin, nigella and star anise, but I’m sure this is far from a definitive list of the spices used.

Having read the list of ingredients beforehand, I was a little concerned that the vinegar, onion or salt might dominate the flavour, but I needn’t have worried. At first, I am greeted by the sweetness of the tomatoes and a hint of garlic. Soon after, the sweetness is accompanied by the pleasant savouriness of the spices. There is a faint tingle of chilli on the tongue too, but it is very minimal. This is definitely a mild product.

In day-to-day use, this chutney is a very versatile product. It works brilliantly as a condiment or dipping sauce, but can also be used as a marinade or cooking ingredient. A spoonful has certainly livened up several of my meals during the past week.

Overall, there is a lot to like about this product. At £3.50 for a 180g jar it is a tad expensive, but the flavours more than make up for it. You can purchase Karimix products from their factory shop or from online retailers such as Hot-Headz.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(1/10)
Packaging
(9/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

Note:  This product is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.

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