This beautiful madras style sauce is crafted by three pairs of talented musician hands in Croydon. Mad-Ass Chilli Sauce Co create some gorgeous sauces, and this one is no exception. Dave, Tony and Matt know how to create fresh flavours with as many UK based ingredients they can, and are working hard on attending some of the big shows in 2013!
As with all of the Mad-ass range, they sell in both 30ml and 150ml measures, so you can have a taste or a supply, whichever way you feel. The labelling in this range are all similar, differing only in colour variety. Not an original concept BUT used in a different way to most. The text on the 30ml jars is a little too small, especially when the ingredients list is quite long. Still an attractive label, with the addition of a QR code!
Green & Red Chillies, Demerera Sugar, Vinegar, “The Garlic Farm” Garlic, Root Ginger, Lime Juice and Zest, Tumeric, Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds, Mustard Seeds, Fennel Seeds, Cayenne, Ground Ginger, Cinnamon, Ground Nutmeg, Powdered Cloves, Rock Salt, Cracked Black Pepper.
A relatively thick, almost paste-like, seedy, light brown coloured sauce with plenty of colourful finely chopped spices. The first scent to hit you, lime. Such a fresh hit really makes your mouth water. The tumeric and fennel help keep the lime from becoming too overbearing. With each taste you notice something different.
With such a variety of flavours really coming out, making a mix of sweet, savoury and sour all in one, there really is a lot going on in one little pot! For a madras styled sauce, I feel this is lacking in heat somewhat. The fruity flavour of the Cayenne is brought out with the ginger very well, but I feel most of the warmth comes from the black pepper. This is no bad thing. The heat is all round warming, not immediate, and it slowly settles after a few minutes.
A little cooler than a traditional madras, but has such a variety of flavours in play, that perhaps any more heat would ruin this. Use in a curry as the main sauce, as a dipping accompaniment. Try it as a marinade for meat to add a fantastic array of spices without doing too much. Purchase direct from the Mad-Ass website in the 30ml jars for £2.00 and 150ml bottles for £5.00, bargain!