Trader Joe's has one of the largest selection of Indian cuisine I've seen in any mainstream supermarket. So it's been fun to experiment before I step foot into an Indian restaurant to compare them to the more authentic experience. I just want to avoid sounding like an idiot walking into one. I'd also want an idea of what I'd like too. So it's been a pretty good adventure so far. The Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Masala and Trader Joe’s Paneer Tikka Masala have been my favorite. So I figured I'd expand my horizons and give Trader Joe's Vegetable Biryani a whirl.
The good: Three or so minutes in your microwave and an Indian lunch/dinner is ready for you to enjoy. Veggie dumplings were quite tasty. Decent calorie count if you are watching those types of things.
The bad: rice had a strong curry flavor to it, but I felt like it needed just one more element to complete the dish like a sauce.
The Verdict: I'll pass on buying this again. I felt like it needed something. So here is what you get for $2.
The nutritional information, ingredients, and how to prepare:
After 3 minutes in the microwave:
After eating this I had mixed feelings on this one. I enjoyed the "meatballs" quite a bit. If you like a strong curried rice then yes, Trader Joe's Vegetable Biryani is for you. I felt like I wanted a sauce to go with this in the worst way and while that is probably not traditional I felt like I was missing something here. Would I buy this again? Probably not. The other Indian dishes are just too good to pass up.
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