I Paid: $3.95 for a 12.3–ounce meal (prices may vary by region)
As the name strongly implies, each meal includes a quantity of curry and a quantity of rice, sitting side by side in a two-compartment, microwave-safe plastic tray. Two minutes on high, and both sides of your meal, once stirred, are uniformly and satisfactorily heated up. Beyond that: They’re pretty dang good.
Here’s a critical disclaimer: I haven’t been to India, so I can’t claim to understand what real Indian street food tastes like. That said, I’ve eaten casual Indian food all over Chicago and Boston at places ranging from Westernized chic to first generation, and the nuke-and-eat rice and curry meals by Kohinoor stand up credibly to humble but well-prepared buffet fare. The Pindi Chana Masala with Zeera Rice had a real spice depth to the curry. The rice was pleasantly toothsome, and the chickpeas were tender but not mushy. The Mughlai Kofta Curry with Peas Pulao was equally good—the cheese fritters in the gravy had a fresh, clean flavor, and there was a beautiful level of heat to the curry, a gentle, lingering burn that was a great complement to the other spices in the dish. While these curries are no substitute for passionate home cooking, Kohinoor presents a nice simulation.