During my my last trip to the local Indian market, I picked up several ready to eat Indian meals for 99 cents each. A quick look at the ingredients list, showed that there was little to any chemicals or preservatives in these (everything was pretty natural), in addition to a good dose of fiber; although these do have rather high levels of saturated fat (due to Indian’s love of ghee – clarified butter).
- for a quick snack in the office
- for use in the hotel microwave
- for camping
- for emergencies
- to satisfy your fix for Indian late at night
- cut two slits on the side where marked and microwave for 1-3 minutes
- boil unopened for 3-5 minutes in hot water
I picked up the following:
Dal Makhani- Lentils in Tomato Cream Sauce.
The ingredients include Black Gram, Tomato, Cream, Red Kidney Beans, Garlic, Onions,Split Chickpeas, Clarified Butter, Ginger, Salt, Corn Flour, Chili Powder, Paprika, Bay Leaf and various spices. Per Cup the calories are listed as 135. Saturated fat was relatively hight due to the ghee.
Navratan Korma -Mixed Vegetables in Cashew Sauce with Pineapple
The ingredients listed are Potato, Cauliflower, Carrot, Cream, Pineapple, Cottage Cheese, Green Peas, Sunflower Oil, Cashew Nut, French Beans, Tomato, Coconut Milk Powder, Onion, Clarified Butter, Salt, Sugar and various spices. This was the healthiest out of the 3 with only 91 calories per cup and less saturated fat.
Paneer Makhani – Cottage Cheese in Spiced Ground Cashew & Cream Sauce
The ingredients here were listed as cottage cheese, tomatoes, cream, onion, sunflower oil, sugar, salt, clarified butter, cilantro, red chili powder, corn flour, cashew nuts, black salt and spices. As you can tell from the ingredients, this was the one with the highest calories at 229 per cup and a very large dose of saturated fat.
Are these as good as eating in an Indian restaurant? Now way! But these ready to eat Indian meals are great to keep around when in a pinch and at 99 cents each, they can’t be beat. The ingredients generally look good. There is lots of fiber, but keep an eye out for saturated fat, if this is on your list to avoid !