Saffron Road Simmer Sauces Bring World Cuisine Home (Giveaway)

by Geri Chase

I grew up eating pretty basic home cooked food. The only foods made in our kitchen that could even remotely be considered “ethnic” foods were spaghetti and enchiladas. It wasn’t until I moved out on my own that I started trying to broaden my horizons when it came to what I would eat.

Because of my limited experiences with ethnic fare, my boys don’t always get exposed to cuisines of other countries either.  I’ve tried to teach them to have an open mind about different foods and they will actually eat things that I refuse to eat (like sushi!).  But even with all of my efforts, there are still many types of flavors we have not tried, like Indian, Thai or Mediterranean.  That all changed this week though as my family was able to bring world cuisine home with Saffron Road Simmer Sauces.

Saffron Road Simmer Sauces are part of a whole line of Saffron Road products were created out of founder Adnan Durrani’s desire to create food that unites people and cultures and at the same time to restore the sacredness of food and ethical consumerism.

There are four simmer sauces available:

  • Tikka Masala (Indian Recipe)
  • Moroccan Tagine (Moraccan Recipe)
  • Lemongrass Basil (Thai Recipe)
  • Rogan Josh (Indian Recipe)

Being a little worried about the heat factor of the spices in the other three sauces, we decided to try the Lemongrass Basil sauce first.  I cooked it with chicken breasts and had a little trouble in the beginning because I did not follow the directions accurately.  I added the sauce too soon and it ended up separating, so it took me some time to get it to emulsify and become “saucy” again. It’s supposed to be more “creamy” than it looks in the picture.

Once I kind of got it pulled back together, I served the simmered chicken breasts over rice. Next time I’ll add lots of veggies to the mix.  I was a little disappointed with the Lemongrass Basil sauce and the boys didn’t like it at all. It was too tangy for me and I usually like tangy and tart.  All of the sauces have very strong flavor profiles, but this one was just too overpowering to be be enjoyable.  Again, maybe it would be better with some other ingredients mixed in to help balance the flavors. After all, we aren’t necessarily used to strong flavor profiles in our regular meal rotations. I did think it smelled wonderful while it was cooking though – herbaceous and spicy aromas wafted around my kitchen for a while after dinner was over.

After the first sauce experiment, the boys were a little less enthusiastic about trying another sauce the next night. I opted for the Rogan Josh pouch. You could literally smell the different spices the minute the fiery colored red sauce hit the pan. I combined it with chicken, carrots and green peppers, it was actually quite delicious!  It definitely has some spicy heat, but it wasn’t overbearing or intolerable (this coming from a person who does not have a high tolerance for “hot” stuff.  I tend toward the mild when it comes to spicy heat in my food.  I would consider this more toward the mild side than the medium on the heat scale).  I think next time I might throw some potato chunks or chick peas in with the meat and other vegetables to round it out and make it a more filling meal for my husband and growing boys. I’m sure this sauce would be really good with beef too.  And vegetarians could forgo the meat altogether and use all kinds of veggies, with tofu, eggplant or potatoes thrown in to give it more protein and substance.

So while not every Saffron Simmer Sauce was a hit with our family, we were excited to find some new flavors to add to our menu and the boys feel like they are branching out more and more as far as food goes.  We had a wonderful opportunity to talk about different countries and cultures while we tasted new foods from around the globe.

Whether you are new to ethnic foods or a long time world cuisine consumer, Saffron Simmer Sauces are a quick and easy way add Indian, Moroccan or Thai recipes to your meal rotations. The premade sauces mean no guess work with seasonings or spices and no unhealthy ingredients for your family.

The sauce pouches are economical too. Saffron Road Simmer Sauces can be found at several different grocery stores for around $3.29 each, which is a lot less expensive than a night out!

Check out their website to see the entire Saffron Road product line and to find purchase locations in your neighborhood.

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Disclosure:  I was compensated and received complimentary product in order to facilitate this review for Saffron Road Simmer Sauces. The views expressed in this post are my own.


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Geri Chase is mom to 2 hilarious boys and wife to an insanely funny husband, all of whom like to remind her that the fact that she is a girl does not give her immunity from their testosterone induced humor. While she pretends not to be amused, she secretly laughs herself silly over their antics and frequently blogs about life and family friendly products over at I Am Boymom.

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Natalia January 30, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Probably Lemongrass sauce…


2 Crissy D. January 30, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I would like to try the Rogan Josh with tofu, sounds great!


3 purplelarkspur January 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I would love to try the Lemongrass!!


4 Liz January 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

None of these is familiar to me but they look delicious.


5 Liz January 30, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Would try Moroccan Tagine first.


6 Susan P. January 30, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I’d like to try the Tikka Masala sauce.


7 Suzie Williams January 31, 2013 at 12:43 am

I want to try the Lemongrass Basil.


8 anne January 31, 2013 at 11:26 am

Lemongrass basil sounds wonderful.


9 Liz January 31, 2013 at 11:53 am

I love Lemongrass, so the Lemongrass Basil would be my first choice!


10 Areta January 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Lemongrass basil sounds tasty!


11 Nicole February 1, 2013 at 12:05 am

I would want to try the Rogan Josh, because I love spicy food!


12 Any February 1, 2013 at 12:11 am

The lemongrass basil. We love Thai food.


13 Mary W February 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Tika Masala would be perfect to try. I love to cook Indian foods.


14 Susan Christy February 2, 2013 at 10:54 am

I want to try the Rogan Josh – I have never eaten that dish and love trying new things.


15 Deb K February 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Rogan Josh sounds the best to me!!


16 Virginia Rowell February 2, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I want to try the Moroccan Tagine first!


17 latanya February 2, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Moroccan Tagine looks good


18 Tara A. February 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

I want to try the Moroccan Tagine.


19 nancy February 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

What a great company! I love their frozen meals, and look forward to trying these out! :)


20 Saima February 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I would love to try the tikka masala because it is my favorite dish to order at an Indian restaurant


21 tina February 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm



22 Fatima February 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Moroccan Tagine sounds enticing!


23 Karen Lynch February 4, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I’d like to try the Moroccan Tangine sounds goods.


24 Melissa M February 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I want to try the Lemongrass Basil


25 Missy February 5, 2013 at 3:59 pm

The lemongrass sounds good


26 Erin R. February 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I would like to try the Tikka Masala (Indian Recipe)


27 Van February 6, 2013 at 10:42 am

The basil & lemongrass one sounds good.


28 nannypanpan February 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm
29 Jennie February 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

morroccan tagine sounds tasty!


30 Angela E. February 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

They all sound good to me.


31 Donna O'Neil February 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

The Tikka Masala


32 mrsshukra February 7, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Rogan Josh is something I would like to try!


33 Garrett February 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

I’ll say the lemon and basil one.


34 Arik Issan February 8, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Moroccan Tagine would go great with minced carrots and chicken.


35 MaryBeth I February 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Tikka Masala – YUM!!!!!


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