As a lover of good, spicy cuisines, I've occasionally tried various frozen and pre-prepared Indian foods. They've mostly been dismal, even those that I've found imported (usually from the UK).
Recently my attention was drawn to a display of Ashoka brand (The Original Indian Taste) foods in my local Wegmann's. The packaging is very slick, glossy and colorful, and they proudly proclaim "Truly Authentic Cuisine", "Produced & Packed in India to Original Regional Recipes". At the sale price of $1.99 per package (300 grams/10.5 ounces per package--a healthy portion), they seemed like a good gamble.
My wife was the first to try one, Palak Paneer. She's a spinach lover and pronounced it excellent, if a bit too spicy for her. I then tried a chickpea in spicy tomato concoction, it was very good and quite spicy. I loves me some spicy, and this brought a nice burn/glow to my mouth. Visible, whole green chilis were included.
So tonight I carried out a pint of steamed rice from the local Chinese restaurant, microwaved the Pav Bhaji (A select blend of vegetables mashed in a spicy sauce), and had about the best sub-$3 instant meal ever. Wow was this stuff good, and nicely spicy. Here's the ingredients: Potato-30%, Tomato-20%, Onion, Cauiliflower-12%, Green peas-10%, Vegetable oil, Capsicum-2%(!!!), Butter, Garlic, Ginger, Salt, Red chili powder, Cumin, Coriander, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Clove, Black pepper. That's all, no chemicals, etc.
Now this isn't as good as the best Indian restaurants I've tried (not that I'm an expert), but it is better than what you find at the mediocre ones. And for the price it's a true bargain. *Very* flavorful and very cheap.
From the package: Manufactured by ADF Foods Limited, Gujarat, India. Visit us at www.adf-foods.com
Not affiliated in any way, just a happy customer who will probably go buy dozens more before the sale ends.
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