Blissful Review: Sukhi’s Gourmet Indian Foods
I just got back from a lovely 5 days camping at the French Meadows macrobiotic vegan summer camp. If you have a chance to go it is one of the most fun experiences ever! I got to teach this year and I got wonderful feedback from the guests. After driving 8 hours home and arriving very late, this morning I was not in the mood to jump in the kitchen. I stopped by Whole Foods to pick up a quick bite to eat and stumbled upon Sukhi's Gourmet Indian Foods packaged meals near the prepared foods section. It seemed a bit pricey at around $6.50, but there was a 50 cents off coupon on it, so I decided to give it a whirl.
I went with Matar Tofu with Dal and Basmati Rice, which was the obvious vegan one of the three choices at Whole Foods. From the looks of it I thought this wasn't going to be a filling meal, so I planned to have some blanched greens with it.
I didn't know what to expect. I usually can't stand packaged or frozen foods, and usually the Indian dishes I've tried in this form are either too spicy or just too plain. This was in the refrigerated section so it wasn't frozen, which I think help a lot for holding onto the delicious Indian flavors. Turns out this is part of their Grab 'n Go Meals line, which are fresher and have a shorter shelf-life.
I went to warm it up but it only had microwaveable instructions. I don't use a microwave so I carefully dump out the ingredients into a casserole dish and warmed it at 350 degrees for 20 minutes in the oven. Then, gracefully put the contents on a plate and went to town.
The first thing I noticed was the rice had seen better days. It was a bit hard despite all the liquid that was at the bottom of that compartment in the package. The container said "Medium" spiciness and for me that was what it was. It made my nose run a touch but it wasn't so spicy that I couldn't enjoy it. The lentil Dal was perfectly cooked, thick, and creamy. Not runny like you find in most restaurants. The Matar Tofu was good too. Not too spicy, the tofu looked fried and was nice and tender on the inside, the peas weren't mushy, which was awesome.
For me it was the perfect sized lunch and filled me up without overdoing it. I ended up not making the greens but it would have added some freshness to the meal that was lacking.
Overall, I really enjoyed the meal. It was very tasty. Many of the Whole Foods have an Indian bar, so if I was really wanting quick Indian food I would choose to do the buffet bar over Sukhi's, but in a pinch, when the Indian craving comes, this is a great quick lunch idea.
What is your favorite quick packaged meal that you eat when you don't feel like cooking?