Posts Tagged ‘indian’

Target – Sweet Earth – Chana Masala – Food Review


sweet earth, chana masala, review, price, calories, nutrition, targetApril 28, 2018

Ever since discovering the Curry Tiger Burrito I’ve had Sweet Earth on my mind.  However, unlike the Tiger, this Chana Masala lacks some teeth.  This is a tamed Indian-styled entrée.

For my tastes. this is the result of not enough and the wrong combination of spices.  The tomato sauce surrounding the chana (chickpeas) tastes like, tomato sauce.  For a good Indian dish, the sauce should be a fireworks display for the mouth – hot rockets exploding into bursts of different flavors with an almost overwhelming feel.  This turned out to be a few sparklers at best.

This is a single compartment container so there’s really no way to keep the rice separate from the rest.  I mention that because I like to eat the normally companioned basmati rice separately from the sauce.  But I needn’t have worried about that because the rice here appears to be just unflavored long grain white rice with a funny yellow color.

sweet earth, chana masala, review, price, calories, nutrition, targetWhile disappointing as an Indian entrée, this is a fairly nice chickpea stew in tomato sauce.  Unlike the recently reviewed Sweet Earth Basil Pesto Lasagna, this one is clearly labeled vegetarian.

Calories  320 per container (1 serving, 256g)

Price around $4.19,  $3.50 on sale


Trader Joe’s Aloo Chaat – Kati Pouches – Food Review

Aloo Chaat Trader Joe's

Aloo Chaat
Trader Joe’s

Think of these as hot, hot pockets – but with a twist.  The first hot meaning spicy.  The second hot meaning, well, hot – as in more than warm.


Trader Joe’s Baingan Bharta – Eggplant Curry – Food Review


This can add and remove chest hair.  Both at the same time!


Pumpkin Apple Curry Soup – Recipe Review


Here begins a new way to make people mad at me.


Trader Joe’s Palak Paneer – Frozen – Food Review


Just to confuse us again, Trader Joe’s has two products called Palak Paneer.  This is the frozen variety and it’s a step up from the canned in a pouch kind.


Tikka Masala & Spiced Green Pea Rice – Target – Archer Farms – Food Review


Target versus Trader Joe’s.  Who ever thought the world would come to this?


Trader Joe’s Punjab Choley – Food Review


Let me know if you find anyone who will kiss you after this.

Hot! Hot! Hot!


TJ Indian Fare – Index – Food Review


Trader Joe’s Indian Fare are quick and easy dishes suitable for a lunch, especially at the office.  The main problem with most of these is, they are more like a sauce than a meal.  TJ recommends they be eaten with rice, naan (Indian bread), pita bread or tortillas.  That makes them a better meal, but also makes it more difficult to use as a quick office lunch.  The main advantage to most of these is, they can be stored in a pocket-book size box at room temperature until opened, heated and eaten.  Preparation involves no more than tearing open a heavy-duty plastic and foil pouch, emptying the contents into a bowl and microwaving for a minute or two.  All of these taste good.  Most have a medium heat.  All will allow a little more variation into what we eat as everyday food without adding a lot of complication or expense.  All are priced at either $1.99 or $2.19.

Listed below are the links to the full review for each product and pictures.  The list is ranked best at the top and less best as the list goes down.  If you need a place to start, start at the top and work your way down.


Trader Joe’s Madras Lentil – Food Review


This is about the best yet of the TJ Indian Fare.  But …


Trader Joe’s Pav Bhaji – Food Review


Oh Boy!  This one will have you reaching for the nearest glass of cold water.


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