|Rating:||8.8 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.8 / 2.5|
|Taste||2.2 / 2.5|
|Convenience||2.4 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.4 / 2.5|
Another great meal offering from New Zealand based company Radix Nutrition. This plant-based curry has a bit of spiciness which is what we both like.
First let’s look at the positives. As is common with the rest of the Radix range, the packaging is very attractive and grabs your attention which is half the battle in this ever growing segment of the market. The packaging across the range is also very small and while you could be fooled into thinking there isn’t much food in the bag, its comparable in terms of calories but often lighter weight-wise when compared to other brands. The other plus with this compact packing, is that it takes up less space in your pack.
As big an eater as I am, the 600 calorie sizing (this meal is also available in a 400 calorie size) is, for me, a great two-person serve for my wife and I. It would also be a good standalone on-trail meal for my solo hiking when I need to boost the calories.
Taste-wise I found this vegetarian curry to be very enjoyable and on the plus size, at least for us, it has a bit of ‘zing’ to it that we found crept up on you. It certainly isn’t what I’d class as a strong curry so would be worth a try for non-spicy food eaters who would probably find this on the high edge of their heat range.
One thing to note is that this meal has 24% sodium. I typically don’t add salt to my diet but do love salty food and didn’t find this to be excessive in this case. Overall this didn’t taste like a vegetarian meal!
The texture is good and there is some crunch thanks to the almonds but I would suggest adding less water than the recommended 250 mls of boiling water given I found the consistency was a bit on the watery side – I suggest adding around 210 mls initially and then extra if required.
The rehydration recommendation is 5 minutes and I suggest letting this run for around 8 minutes to allow the avocado time to fully soften.
One thing that the Radix packaging doesn’t do that other outdoor companies offer, is that the base doesn’t open out. Having said that, the interior of the Radix packaging doesn’t have any narrow corners to trap food and these packs are stable as they are so its no big issue. I would suggest when you place the pack down that you do so on a stable surface.
The packaging contains all the relevant nutritional and ingredient information you need and the ingredients, apart from protein isolate, are very recognisable with Radix mainly using real ingredients. Be warned that if you have a nut allergy, this meal isn’t for you as it contains almonds. The almonds themselves provide a bit of crunch and taste, and as a nut lover I appreciate both.
This version of Indian Curry is sold as a Keto option consisting mainly of fat and protein with very little carbohydrates. I really don’t care one way or another and will be trying out the non-keto version in the near future. For those who are into keto diets, at last there is a range to suit you.
I was very happy with this as a meal option which is reflected in the score on this review.
Price-wise this meal sells at AUD $13.90 RRP and is comparable to other brands of the same size, even more so when you look at the quality of what you get and all in a tiny little package. Freeze dried meals as a generalisation aren’t cheap but the time you save on doing your own meals at home as well as on-trail preparation, is well worth the cost.
While its plant-based there is a warning that this meal may contain fish although this warning may be something that Radix includes on its packaging to cover themselves.
So what’s the final verdict? This is a great keto meal and one that I will include in my on-trail meal rotation as a stand alone meal on solo hikes or as a shared meal when there are two us going bush.
This is a keto meal for those who want keto on-trail
You can purchase the Radix Nutrition Indian Curry (Keto) meal from Wildfire Sports
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Radix produces a wide range of meals providing a range of calories. The Radix Nutrition Indian Curry (Keto) meal comes in 400 and 600 calorie sizings
AUD $13.90 RRP
Radix Indian Curry Keto as purchased from the store
Tear points on the bag. Open-rehydrate-serve-eat, or tear down the bag and eat from the ‘bowl’
Radix Keto Indian Curry – ingredients and nutritional information
Radix Indian Curry Keto – dry in the bag
Radix Keto indian Curry rehydrated
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker