in my cupboard: trader joe’s punjab eggplant

As much as I adore cooking, sometimes I just can’t take the time to prepare an entire meal. Since cooking is such a stress reliever for me, I never want it to actually cause stress.  Enter in these pouches of Indian food.  A little odd, yes, to make dinner out of a pouch, but this variety from Trader Joe’s is amazing. I generally sauté a diced eggplant and add the sauce when it is about finished cooking to let it heat through.

It comes together in minutes and provides a flavorful dish with plenty of veggies. Oh, and it is $1.19.

Cheap, healthy and good? Now that’s a stress reliever I can handle.

Do you ever eat foods from a pouch or does it kind of freak you out?


  1. says

    I can’t remember the name of the Indian food pouch I ate … it was maybe Tasty Bite? Anyways, definitely a little… weird! I love to eat Amy’s frozen entrees, like the Palak Paneer (my favorite!!!) but its stinkin expensive. Next time I’m at TJs I’m going to look for these.

  2. says

    I think the first time I ate tuna from a pouch I was a little skeptical.
    I made your summer couscous salad yesterday. Delicious! I forget to use couscous in salads so that got my imagination going.

    PS-would love to get together when I’m in MN. How does the weekend of the 18th look? maybe Sunday lunch?

  3. says

    I’ve had some of the tasty bite Indian varieties. I love the spicy chickpea one, but I forget the real name of it!

  4. says

    I don’t think I’ve really had much from a pouch . . . when I worked at Kitchen Window, though, we carried these AMAZING curry sauces that came in a pouch. They all had fish sauce in them, though, so even though I was happy tasting them, I never really purchased one.

    Truthfully, when I hit those times where I just can’t handle cooking, (maybe happens only once a month or so,) we either order Pizza Luce or head to Chipotle! :)

  5. says

    I like to make foods with fresh ingredients as much as possible, but sometimes that just does not happen and then boxed foods come in handy. Can’t remember if I ever had food out of a pouch before though!

  6. says

    Cheap AND delicious! I think there’s nothing wrong with pulling out the packaged food sometimes, especially with the quality stuff that Trader Joe’s makes. I’ve used tuna-in-a-pouch, and jarred curry sauce is one of my favorite addition for an easy meal :)