Ready to Eat Indian

A couple weeks ago, I was out in the burbs and I came across an Indian grocery store called Patel Brothers. Obviously, I had to explore.

In addition to being the only white girl in the store, I was also on my weirdest behavior. In a store where I only recognized about 50% of the words on the labels, I relied heavily on stalking other people’s purchases. I was surprised to see how many customer were spending time in front of the wall of ready to eat packets of vegetarian meals and throwing stacks and stacks into their cart. Obviously, I had to join the party, so I picked up some of the Indian dishes I recognized and figured I would keep them on hand for a quick dinner. I left with a random array of spices, cheap sesame seeds, fresh herbs, and 4 boxes of Indian food for less than 20 bucks.

Those packets? I’m kinda obsessed. In fact, right after we finished them, I went online and ordered another lot (what’s in the huge box? Oh, you know, just Indian food)

I love preparing dinner and cooking, but sometimes my schedule doesn’t allow it. Having these on hand makes it SO EASY to whip out a quick, delicious vegetarian meal. 
I keep a little arsenal of Trader Joe’s Indian breads (Naan and Paratha) and Organic Basmati Rice in my freezer and dinner comes together in about 15 minutes. 
In the freezer aisle, super cheap

It’s like take-out, but cheaper and faster…

Lastly…another quick and easy meal? Nizza or Nazza….a naan pizza. This is probably wrong on so many levels, but it combines my husband’s love of Indian food and pizza and he thinks it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Go Figure 

Favorite Indian dish? I love anything with Paneer and Dal Makhani. 

Staples you keep on hand for a quick and easy dinner you can put together with your eyes closed? Indian food packets are the new pasta and sauce.  

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    Um two questions: what is this store and where did you order this from!?!? I LOVE Indian but never get it since one dish is so big and expensive!

  • kelsey

    I seriously hate Indian food. g-ross.

  • Erin @ Loop Looks

    I’m always impressed at the nutrition facts on those meals. They usually aren’t too bad calorie and sodium-wise for prepared stuff! They have some similar ones at Jewel but not nearly as big of a selection as I’m sure you had!

    Jason hates Indian food, though. But LOVES naan. Actually, how couldn’t you love naan? Anyway, this means we never have Indian food at home.

  • Christina

    I love indian food. You should check out Devon Street on the north side. They have a lot of Indian restaurants that are really affordable. I like the chickpea masala with extra spices. I love spicy food.

  • Lindsay

    I’m always afraid to try new things like this, but I need to just walk right into the store like you did! Great post.