The Secret Slow carb Simmer Sauce that No One has Told You About

Ok, before you scream, or shout, I want to let you know one thing- no one had told me about this sauce either!! And it’s delicious, is so slow carb friendly it’s not funny, and can be used on a huge variety of things from lentils and beans to all kinds of meat. Plus, you don’t even need to make it from scratch! Sounds too good to be true? I promise I won’t let you down.

Depending on where you live, you might be pretty familiar with these flavors, or they might be new to you. I had only occassionally enjoyed a dish that had the flavor of this simmer sauce, but had long forgotten about it, until I was grocery shopping recently.

Picking it up from the shelf, I twisted and studied the nutrition panel, and the ingredients list.

A great surprise

To my surprise, there were a whole array of slow carb friendly ingredients, sitting happily together to create this delicious sauce that tastes great with chicken, turkey, fish and beans or lentils. You can literally use this probably 100 different ways, depending on how good your imagination is.

If you’re familiar with Indian cooking, you’ll know this flavor well – the tandoori paste I had picked up has a serving suggestion of baking chicken breasts after marinating them in this taste, plus a bit of plain yogurt. I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that if you’re maintaining your weight, not laser-focused on losing fat, that this suggestion is actually a pretty good one. If you’re focused on losing fat however, stick with the paste, mixed with some water.

This tandoori chicken breast is the most common place to find this paste, but I’ve adapted to using it with red kidney beans, red split lentils, ground turkey, ground chicken, diced and sliced versions of each, as well as sometimes in ground beef and occasionally with fish. It’s very versatile, and packs a lot of flavor. That’s thanks to it’s combination of potent ingredients.

On to those ingredients. The ‘Patak’s’ brand I have reads as follows: Ginger, Water, Lemon Juice, Vegetable Oil, Tamarind, Paprika, Ground Red Lentils, Salt, Coriander, Garlic, Garlic Powder, Acetic Acid, Cumin, Spices (contains mustard), Paprika Extract, Chilli, Sugar, Citric Acid, Carmine Extract, Lactic Acid.

And that’s it! You’ll note a significant absence of corn syrup, thickener, starch, etc. There’s none of it! And sugar is so far down the list (they’re in order of greatest to smallest amount used, where the ‘garlic’ comes in at 4% of the total), that’s I’m not concerned whatsoever. Plus, there’s more than a few ingredients in this list that have been cited as great for your health – garlic, ginger and chilli just to name a few. And this stuff packs so much flavor into a small space that I generally find myself using between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon, mixed with water, to a serving of meat or beans.

Next time you’re wandering past the Indian foods at your grocery store – have a look. You might find a paste like this that is very slow carb friendly, and delicious too!

Let me know if you’ve found another ‘hidden’ gem that’s slow carb friendly, I’d love to know about it! Leave a comment below.


(Photo credit: mtsuyugu)

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2 Responses to The Secret Slow carb Simmer Sauce that No One has Told You About

  • catherine says:

    i’m new to this, but i thought that the veg oil was a big no-no? or is the 1 tbsp overall a negligible amount? i love patak’s and would happily use it but was turned off by the high veg oil content… great site, just found it :) thanks

    • Luke says:

      Hey Catherine,

      Veg oil isn’t really something to be used a lot. The recommendations on oils are olive oil, macadamia oil, and I like avocado oil too. Generally with slow carb, there isn’t anything that’s packaged that is eaten regularly. So, best to stick with the beans and lentils, the low fat protein and the green veges.

      All the best,

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