If you knew how many hours I’d poured into my own tikka masala recipe you’d probably weep. I’ve been trying to perfect the damned thing for more than a decade and more than likely will be at it for another at the least.
Suffices to say, nailing that precise restaurant taste is tricky. Every time I see a new product in the store I immediately nab it – maybe this is the one? Kroger’s effort is not terrible, nor is it great.
The central theme of this sauce is cream, lots of cream. Personally it was a little over the top for me, my wife on the other hand loved it – so caveat emptor. The sauce was otherwise middling in terms of powerful curry seasonings like fenugreek, curry leaf and coriander.
For those looking to dip their toes into the milder end of the Indian curry waters, this is a good starting point. For the rest of us, deep into a love affair with Indian food, its slightly better than average.
Kroger Indian Inspired Tikka Masala ingredients and nutrition
Is Kroger Indian Inspired Tikka Masala any good?
Our verdict: a slight better than average jar sauce, 2.5/5.0 overall. The sauce is very creamy and has little spice. You’ll want to reach for the cayenne or maybe an extra flourish of cilantro to add some more pep to this one.
Hi, I’m Stuart, nice to meet you! I’m the founder, writer and wrangler at Gastronomic SLC – Utah’s biggest and oldest online food magazine; I’m also a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune. I’ve worked extensively with multiple local publications from Visit Salt Lake to Salt Lake Magazine, not least helped to consult on national TV shows.
I’m a multiple-award winning journalist and have covered the Utah dining scene for the better part of fifteen years. I’m largely fueled by a critical obsession with rice, alliteration and the use of big words I don’t understand. I started Shop Smart to catalogue my adventures in the grocery store and kitchen. Follow along on Instagram too!