Friday, December 5, 2014
Trader Joe's Jaipur Vegetables
I know nothing about cooking Indian food. The only way it gets served at my house is if it comes pre-made for me--like this did. Inside the box is a pouch containing the soupy stuff. You can either put the pouch in boiling water, or dump the contents into a bowl and microwave it. I did the latter, and it turned out fine. Nina and I had this for dinner, served on some TJ's brown Basmati rice.
I liked it. I didn't love it. It was Indian-ish. But nothing about it tasted fresh, the way I have a few times experienced Indian food in good restaurants. I'm not sure I can specify what it is I'm tasting that's off, but I think I would have no difficulty passing a blindfolded taste test of this versus a similar dish freshly prepared. Something about it strongly suggests "packaged."
Which is as good as Indian food is going to get at my house--but not nearly as good as it can get in somebody else's.
Will I buy it again?
Maybe someday, but it's not going to make it into the regular menu rotation.
I now don my SNOB HAT (which is fetching, doncha think?). I have been privileged to eat much tasty and fresh Indian food, so I have a pretty decent idea what jahfreezi—which is what I think they're aiming for here—is supposed to taste like.
And this ain't it. It tastes stale and old and the texture is muddy.
The world is full of too much good Indian cuisine to be had at reasonable prices to eat this stuff.