The pros: Trader Joe's Indian Fare Yellow Tadka Dal is new, well spiced, and different from all the other Indian dishes available at Trader Joe's.
The cons: While I love the tikka options, this one was just ok. This item is not vegan.
If Trader Joe's does anything well, it's their line of frozen Indian entrees. It doesn't matter what list you look at, but they rank well.
As for their cans and boxes, not so much.
While they have their fans, they don't hold a candle compared to the frozen entrees.
But now there are two pouches of Indian food ready in 60 seconds in the microwave. There is the Vegetable Tikka and this Yellow Tadka Dal. Both products are made in India.
So, for those of you who are newer to Indian cuisine, dal is lentils. Tadka is a process by which these lentils are tempered with oil and spices. The lentils here seemed a touch overcooked.
What you have here are fully cooked lentils in a spicy, yellow and deeply flavored sauce. While the turmeric lends most of the color here, for me the curry leaves and cumin added the most flavor. This is also mild to medium in heat.
You'll probably want something to go along with it. Rice or naan make a great pairing. I also added some fresh cilantro after the pictures were taken. I thought it added to the dish.
For $1.99 this is worthy of a try. For me, the spice blend did not do it for me the way that a tikka would. But that is a matter of personal preference.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The pouch of Trader Joe's Indian Fare Yellow Tadka Dal:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
After being cooked and placed on a bed of rice:
Would I buy this again? Whether or not you like this will come down to personal preference, but Trader Joe's Indian Fare Yellow Tadka Dal was well spiced, but I prefer their Masala dishes. On a personal level this is a no. But this is still better than anything I had that came in a box or a can from Trader Joe's. It's just not frozen Indian entree awesomeness.
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