Yesterday I tried a new brand of ready-to-pour curry sauce, the World Foods Masaman Curry.

I don't remember where I got it, but most likely Whole Foods or Harris Teeter. The web link there lists it for over $6, but I think I paid between $4 and $6, I don't remember exactly, it was on sale.

It was pretty good, but not the best ready-made curry sauce we've tried-- there is a brand at Whole Foods I prefer, but there's not a huge difference. I'll get whichever is on sale because they're both relatively expensive.

This is one of those items I'm curious to try from scratch. I looked at the ingredients, and there are a few exotic ingredients, but probably nothing I couldn't get my hands on, or grow at home.

It's vegan; here are the ingredients from the label: Water, Coconut Milk (20%), Onion, Sugar, Shallot, Palm Oil, Dried Chili (3%), Garlic, Modified Tapioca Starch, Tamarind Puree (1%), Salt, Lemon Grass, Galangal, Kaffir Lime Leaf, Yeast Extract, Cumin, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Star Anise (.1%), Cloves.

So the main thing is the coconut milk. I haven't looked at the prices for that lately, for all I know the unit price of the plain coconut milk is about the same as the unit price of this curry sauce. But if it's much less, I really should try making this at home, since both Terry and I like it, and it's e-a-s-y.

Just brown your meat (we usually use fish or chicken), open the jar and pour the sauce on top of the meat, and simmer while the rice is cooking. If I made it myself, there would be a little more to it than opening the jar, but not much if the spices were pre-mixed. I can probably find a jar of curry spices somewhere. In NYC when I go up there next month if not here. And if I add my own fresh onion, shallot, and garlic, the improvement in the flavor will probably be commensurate with the increase in the preparation effort.