Scotia Spice : Review


The BBC Good Food show was great for discovering new food companies from all over UK & Ireland.

One of the most exciting companies I discovered, Scotia Spice, however, was from just up the road in Balfron.

Yasmin McDonagh learned how to cook Punjabi food from her mum, aunties and gran, and learned how to blend spices and flavour food in an authentic Punjabi style. She grew up in a household that had “the fragrant curries, comforting dahls and freshly made raitas” in the family kitchen.

After starting a cookery school in her own kitchen, Yasmin launched Scotia Spices to teach the world how to replicate the recipes that she had grown up with. She has created a whole range of products with blended kits and easy-to-follow instructions for you to make amazing food in your own home.

Scotia Spice

I was won over by the Scotia Spice stand and couldn’t resist asking Yasmin if I could review an authentic Punjabi curry kit. Lucky for me, the answer was yes. It would have been pretty awkward otherwise.

Scotia Spice’s Punjabi Curry Kit comes in three flavours. The incredibly popular Chicken, Lamb and Vegetarian. As my wife doesn’t eat meat or poultry, I chose the veggie option.

Scotia Spice

The kit came with an impressive amount of ingredients. The spices were a mix of the familiar and the unknown. (I hadn’t heard of Ajwan Seeds before.) There was also chickpea flour for the Sweet Potato & Red Pepper pakora. All of the packets were resealable to keep them fresh if you’re not making everything at once.

Scotia Spice

The booklet that comes with the ingredients is possibly the best one I’ve ever received with a food kit.

You can tell that Yasmin is used to educating people who have zero cooking experience. The recipe steps are explained with such clarity. Even though this is such a versatile kit, a complete beginner should not feel in any way intimidated by the idea of picking one up and heading to the kitchen.

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Scotia Spice

Scotia Spice

Scotia Spice

We invited family around for dinner, and decided to add the Masoor Dhal and Sweet Potato & Red Pepper pakora to the menu. The spices smelled amazing.

Scotia Spice

The lentils simmering in the Masoor Dhal spice mix filled the house with the most amazing aromas. I was quite happy stirring the mix taking the credit for all of Scotia Spice’s expertise and hard work! Emma made the pakora mix up and got her pakora frying skills on.

Scotia Spice

The results were incredibly tasty dishes which everybody loved. The Dhal was eaten so fast I didn’t get a photo of it! The food was bursting with flavour. You don’t get any ‘bland’ on the menu with Scotia Spices.

The best thing is, there are still other recipes and dishes in the pack to try out and plenty of ingredients left to do so.

The authentic Punjabi Curry Kits are available here at £24.95 which includes recipes and ingredients for six dishes. It comes in Chicken, Lamb and Vegetarian varieties. A brilliant Christmas present idea for aspiring cooks and fans of Punjabi spices!

121 Comments

  1. Karen Richards
    14 November 2017
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    I like Chicken tikka masala. Not too mild or too hot.

  2. 14 November 2017
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    madras x

  3. Catherine Barton
    14 November 2017
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    I enjoy a vegetarian chilli!

  4. June Lord
    14 November 2017
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    My favourite is between a Chicken Madras and a Nasi Goreng.

  5. Julie T
    14 November 2017
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    We eat a lot of spicy foods in our house, curry is a firm favourite along with fajita.

  6. Karl Foxley
    14 November 2017
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    My favourite spicy food has to a spiced up version of a Keema Curry that my future mother-in-law makes, it is absolutely delicious.

  7. Gwyn Sharps
    14 November 2017
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    I love any kind of curry!

  8. iain maciver
    14 November 2017
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    any curry at all

  9. Clara B
    14 November 2017
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    I like a hot chilli!

  10. Margaret Gallagher
    14 November 2017
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    Burrito hotter the better

  11. Meryl Thomas
    14 November 2017
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    I like a mild chilli and a mild curry.

  12. Sarah McVicar
    14 November 2017
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    chicken tikka madras. yummy

  13. Joanne Beale
    14 November 2017
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    Love Butter Chicken

  14. Ritchie Dee
    14 November 2017
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    Onion bhajis

  15. maria blythin
    14 November 2017
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    chilli x

  16. STUART HARGREAVES
    14 November 2017
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    chicken madras

  17. glenn hutton
    14 November 2017
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    I actually love all strengths and varieties of curries… It all depends on how I am feeling at the time! 🙂

  18. Emma
    14 November 2017
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    Tandoori Chicken

  19. Ray Becker
    14 November 2017
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    Curry

  20. Keith Embleton
    14 November 2017
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    Just love curry,

  21. Heather Haigh
    14 November 2017
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    I love pretty much all spicey food, but if I had to pick one it would be a chicken dopiaza.

  22. Liam Fitzpatrick
    14 November 2017
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    Would love to win!

  23. Matthew Griffiths
    14 November 2017
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    vegetable vindaloo

  24. fiona waterworth
    14 November 2017
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    chilli con carne

  25. Chris Andrews
    14 November 2017
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    What’s your favourite spicy food? . . . . chicken biryani

  26. Pauline Hill
    14 November 2017
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    CHICKEN CURRY MADRAS

  27. Michelle Ferguson
    14 November 2017
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    I like Chicken balti

  28. helen tovell
    14 November 2017
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    Thai sweet chilli chicken

  29. Sidrah Ahmed
    14 November 2017
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    Lamb curry

  30. John J
    14 November 2017
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    Chicken Jalfrezi

  31. Kathleen marsden
    14 November 2017
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    I love salt and pepper chicken wings and a prawn balti

  32. Kirsty Fox
    14 November 2017
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    Chicken korma, I know it’s mild but it’s delicious

  33. Solange
    14 November 2017
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    I like a Vindaloo.

  34. Shan G
    14 November 2017
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    My favourite spicy food is a mushroom curry my mum makes, it’s superb!

  35. Kerry Kilmister
    15 November 2017
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    I love Duck Rezzala

  36. Elizabeth Smith
    15 November 2017
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    Love my aunts vegetable curry

  37. john prendergast
    15 November 2017
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    I like a mild chilli

  38. Ren Taylor
    15 November 2017
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    I love a king prawn dhansak from the local take away

  39. sarah parker
    15 November 2017
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    i love a baltic

  40. 15 November 2017
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    Chilli con carne

  41. 15 November 2017
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    I’m a Curry Belly, Just love it!

  42. Annabel Greaves
    15 November 2017
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    I love chicken korma

  43. Claire glace
    15 November 2017
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    I make a lot of indian curries at home, and i love chilli drenched salmon !

  44. Angela Treadway
    15 November 2017
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    Tikka masala! X

  45. pete c
    15 November 2017
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    mild though it is, Tandoori Chicken

  46. Tom Morrison
    15 November 2017
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    Chicken Biriani

  47. Graham Ross
    15 November 2017
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    Chicken phall

  48. Lorna Ledger
    15 November 2017
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    I really like Rogan Josh, I think Indian food is my fav! Thanks for the chance

  49. Ashleigh Allan
    15 November 2017
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    Any curries

  50. GEOFF WICKENS
    16 November 2017
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    TASTY PRIZE

  51. Eva Vida
    16 November 2017
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    my favourite spicy food is a nice vegetable curry 🙂

  52. Mike Gerrie
    16 November 2017
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    I do like a beef madras

  53. Charlotte Pashley-Foy
    16 November 2017
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    My favourite spicy food is chilli con carne

  54. kRIS
    18 November 2017
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    Palak Paneer

  55. June Etherington
    18 November 2017
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    Just what I’ve been looking for as it’s always difficult trying to get all the ingredients you need to make a decent curry.

  56. 19 November 2017
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    Curry! very hot

  57. barbara clarke
    19 November 2017
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    love a vindaloo

  58. C Philip
    19 November 2017
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    Prawn Masala is my favourite as it has a lovely flavour and is not too hot.

  59. Laura Walker
    20 November 2017
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    I love Singapore noodles

  60. mary chez
    20 November 2017
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    Chicken Patia

  61. Lesley Bain
    21 November 2017
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    Dhal is my favourite. I love lentils, and when they are spicy they are even better 🙂 x

  62. Ursula Hunt
    21 November 2017
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    Chilli Con Carne

  63. Lyla
    21 November 2017
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    Chicken Jalfrezi

  64. Mary H
    22 November 2017
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    I love Mexican food. Indian is my next favourite,

  65. Beth Brady
    22 November 2017
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    Has to be a Madras 😀

  66. rachel
    23 November 2017
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    Vindaloo

  67. Carole Nott
    23 November 2017
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    chicken curry – love it

  68. michelle o'neill
    23 November 2017
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    chilli con carne x

  69. Allan Wilson
    23 November 2017
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    Moroccan Lamb with Peach

  70. Kev Cannon
    23 November 2017
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    I love all spicy food but I would choose a really good lamb madras

  71. Hayley Atkins
    23 November 2017
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    I like creamy curries like Korma.

  72. Alison Johnson
    23 November 2017
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    A nice vegetable curry

  73. Ruth Harwood
    24 November 2017
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    Love a good Chilli xx

  74. kate kathurima
    24 November 2017
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    Thai green curry

  75. Kim M
    24 November 2017
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    Like Butter Chicken x

  76. Jayne Townson
    24 November 2017
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    I love homemade veggie curry.

  77. Rachael
    24 November 2017
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    Vegetable Rogan Josh with vegan cauldron curry balls,

  78. julia linsley
    25 November 2017
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    A really good Beef Madras

  79. Natalie Carter
    25 November 2017
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    my favourite is a chicken tikka masala

  80. amy bondoc
    25 November 2017
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    i like thai green curry x

  81. Sarah Pearce
    25 November 2017
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    Just moved up a notch from tikka masala to Madras!

  82. Rebecca Sutton
    25 November 2017
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    I like Rogan Josh, my husband can eat really spicy foods!

  83. Heather Brannan
    26 November 2017
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    I adore Bombay potatoes

  84. Judith Allen
    26 November 2017
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    Vindaloo, love the scent of it cooking.

  85. JULIE WARD
    26 November 2017
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    Chicken pakoras and samosas

  86. Michaela Hannah
    27 November 2017
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    Onion bhajis

  87. Purmala Shrestha
    27 November 2017
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    Samosa chaat!!

  88. sheri Darby
    27 November 2017
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    I love Chicken Madras

  89. Marina Wilson
    27 November 2017
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    I like very spicy and hot curries with pilau rice. Preferably lamb but I love any meat

  90. Sharon H
    28 November 2017
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    I love all curries but my favourite is Chicken and Okra balti

  91. Krzysia
    28 November 2017
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    The hotter the better and a Thai green curry for me is the best!

  92. David Querstret
    28 November 2017
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    Can’t beat a lamb peshwari

  93. ADEINNE TONNER
    28 November 2017
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    For me it has to be salsa i love it so spicy

  94. Amanda Gregory
    28 November 2017
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    I love veg Pathiya

  95. Fiona jk42
    28 November 2017
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    My favourite is mutter paneer.

  96. Chris Fletcher
    28 November 2017
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    I love some spiced lamb chops straight off the BBQ!

  97. Susan B
    29 November 2017
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    Vegetarian korma with cashew nuts and white rice.

  98. Victoria Prince
    29 November 2017
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    I love any kind of nuts with a spicy coating 🙂

  99. Rich Tyler
    29 November 2017
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    Phai Curry

  100. Lauren Tourle
    29 November 2017
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    Chilli Cheese Fries 🙂

  101. Jason Tolliss
    29 November 2017
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    Goat curry

  102. sallyanne rose
    29 November 2017
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    chicken madras

  103. Laura Pritchard
    29 November 2017
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    A spicy chilli

  104. tee simpson
    29 November 2017
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    i like a vindaloo

  105. Carl Peacock
    30 November 2017
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    Everything and anything I prefer mild – hot if I had to choose my favourite I’d have to choose chicken korahi. But I have always wished to try new and wonderful flavours ????

  106. Allan Fullarton
    30 November 2017
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    Chicken Balti

  107. Elizabeth Cooke
    30 November 2017
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    I love a spicy Jalfrezi curry!

  108. paula cheadle
    30 November 2017
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    I love a nice Balti with a nan bread

  109. Tess D
    30 November 2017
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    Love Lamb Rogan Josh

  110. Deborah Clarke
    30 November 2017
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    I make the best Mexican lasagne . It’s absolutely delicious. A firm favourite in our house

  111. Keith Hunt
    30 November 2017
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    Red Beans and Rice

  112. Alison
    30 November 2017
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    Love Kala Chana curry

  113. susan dodd
    30 November 2017
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    I simply love curries

  114. M Allen
    30 November 2017
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    I love a chicken madras with mushroom fried rice.

  115. Val Pownall
    30 November 2017
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    Love all curry as long as it’s spicy rather than hot.

  116. Tammy Neal
    30 November 2017
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    Chilli con carne xx

  117. Adrian Bold
    30 November 2017
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    Tandoori Chicken is as hot as I go.

  118. caroline tokes
    30 November 2017
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    Tikka Masala

  119. Jessica Barber
    30 November 2017
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    King prawn curry

  120. Natalie Crossan
    30 November 2017
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    Tikka massala xxx

  121. Diana
    30 November 2017
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    Prawn curry

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