The pros: Trader Joe's Matar Paneer star ingredients were the peas and paneer were the stars here. The curry sauce was just ok.
The cons: Not the best of the Indian selections, but hey what do you expect in a can? Not pretty when you open and dump out the can.
The verdict: For $1.99 you are getting a pre-made curry that just needs to be heated. There is a decent amount of paneer, but you’ll get mostly peas. The peas were the surprise highlight of this dish. It’s not the best looking dish out of the can. Aside from not winning any awards for attractiveness, the highlight here is the peas and paneer. The peas were not in any way mush. They were actually quite enjoyable.
The paneer was nice and tender and there was enough sauce for the peas to share with the paneer. If you are looking to add rice, then you will be wishing for more of the curry sauce. It’s a mild to medium heat depending upon your sensitivity to spicy food items.
Now, this dish does not play in the same league as the frozen selections of Indian food. Those are far superior to this can. However, this was in no way inedible. While it was nice to try, I'm happy to pay the extra $1 or so for an entree from the frozen section instead.
Here is the visual rundown of what you can expect if you purchase this product:
The can of Trader Joe's Matar Paneer:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked and put on top of rice:
Would I buy this again? I’m not sure I would repurchase this one. Trader Joe’s really has some outstanding options in the freezer aisle, but in a pinch or an emergency this isn’t bad.
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