Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Trader Joe's Matar Paneer

This is Day Four of Indian Food Week: 

Several weeks ago, Trader Joe's introduced a trio of canned Indian sauces. My first introduction to the new products was somebody on Twitter posting a photo of all three cans, and declaring them "inedible." I was certainly sympathetic to the view that "canned Indian food" seemed like an intrinsically questionable concept. But I was willing to give them a try.

This was the first one I opened. I heated it and poured it over some rice as the centerpiece of a dinner with Nina.

I thought it was better than canned Indian food could be expected to be--but that's a pretty low bar. It was kind of boring, and, as you'd probably guess, not particularly fresh-tasting. But it's far from the "inedible" that I had first been informed--at least if you have crude, uneducated taste buds like mine.

Will I buy it again? 

Nope. Not good enough to bother with. Also, a little birdie tells me that all three of these products have been halted temporarily for reformulation. If that's really true, it's surprising--the fastest introduction/withdrawal I've ever seen for TJ's products.

Nina's View

I give this product a resounding meh.

1 comment:

  1. Just had this again, and I must disagree strongly. It is tasty and an excellent meal (with rice, etc.) IMO. Lots of firm paneer cubes, moderately spicy sauce that is very tasty. They may have reformulated it recently as it was AWOL from the shelves for a while this past summer/fall. And nothing but natural food ingredients, no chemicals or odd ingredients. As with the other canned TJ Indian entrees, this is worth trying!