Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Channa Masala

Editor
This is much better than it has any right to be

Dan Myers

Though it might not look amazing, Trader Joe's channa masala was quite impressive.

When it comes to frozen Indian Food, Trader Joe’s actually makes some of the best around. A good example of their domination of this field is their chana masala, a chick pea curry that’s intensely flavorful, just spicy enough, and obviously formulated by someone who knows what they’re doing.

The traditional Indian dish is a combination of onions, tomatoes, chickpeas, oil, spices, ghee (clarified butter), garlic, salt, cilantro, mango powder, turmeric, and bay leaves. Amd that’s it! It’s vegetarian, gluten free, and obviously made according to a traditional recipe.

While the texture was a bit soupy, the chickpeas were nicely cooked, and the entire dish was better than what a couple of our tasters have had in Indian restaurants, which makes us wonder if some chefs are actually just reheating frozen food! It could have also been a bit spicier, but was certainly not lacking for spice. If you’re looking for real-deal Indian food from the frozen aisle, we’d recommend Trader Joe’s Channa Masala.

Each package contains ten ounces, which is divided into two half-cup servings. Each serving contains 9 grams of fat, 180 calories, 450 mg of sodium, 5 grams of protein, and 20 grams of carbohydrates.

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