Are Sharwood's Products Kosher?
It is indeed a question of money. The LBD web site (http://www.kosher.org.uk) does not have the Really Kosher Food Guide up for viewing, but invites the public to order it for £10, presumably plus postage, though it doesn't say.
On the other hand, the KA kosher list is up on the web (http://www.ka.org.au/newlist/list.htm), and it does list the Sharwood's sauces, as endorsed by the LBD:
Approved by The London Beth Din. See special notes.
Must be Product of England only.
P Balti Curry Paste
P Classic Chinese Marinade
M Dhansak Cooking Sauce
P Hot Curry Paste
P Jalfrezi Cooking Sauce
M Korma Cooking Sauce
P Light Soy Sauce
P Medium Curry Paste
P Mild Curry Paste
P Rich Soy Sauce
M Spicy Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce
P Tandoori Paste
P Tenghai Sauce
M Tikka Masala Cooking Sauce
P Tikka Masala Curry Paste
(M = Milchig, P = Pareve
The "special notes" refers to this caveat from the LBD:
"Products listed in the Kashrut Guide which are neither supervised nor logo-ed have been investigated by our food technologist and approved on this basis. The investigations cover ingredients, any processing aids and shared use of equipment. They are carried our primarily by correspondence with occasional factory visits where necessary........ It is therefore preferable, whenever possible, to buy food products made under Rabbinic Supervision."
Now, any suggestions on where to buy these sauces in the NYC area?
re: Zev Sero
I am quite sure that the UWS Fairway carries at least some of these - last time I was there they had a good selection of British imports. I would also guess that the UES Fairway has them - there is a larger British contingent on the East side, in my experience.
Otherwise, try super markets near the universities - the (expensive) supermarket near Washington Sq. Village/NYU carries a lot of British/Irish products, presumably for the student population.
That said, it is not hard to make Indian food/sauces, once you have a good recipe book. In fact, I have one- The Home Book of Indian Cookery by Sipra Das Gupta (1980, Paperback). - going spare and would be delighted to send it to a new home.
Lately I've started seeing these for sale locally, so I looked them up again to see which are still kosher. Since 2005 the LBD has put its list up for public viewing. Unfortunately, Sharwoods sauces are no longer acceptable. The KA no longer lists any Sharwoods products at all. The LBD says that the curry powders (hot, medium, and mild) are kosher parev, as are the egg noodles (fine and medium), but the cooking sauces and soy sauce are definitely not kosher, and they can't get information about the chutneys (green label mango, mango & lime, and mango chilli), the lime pickle, or the stir fry sauce.