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Thursday, July 9, 2015
Day 190 - Punjab Choley
This is the second Indian Fare dish to be reviewed in this blog (the
first was Punjab Eggplant on day 151). Truth
be told, we always have some of these Indian Fare boxes in our cupboard. They are very quick, very easy to make, and
tasty. But I can NEVER remember which of
them we like best. So I hope these
reviews help me keep them straight!
Here is the RED BOX, Punjab Choley
This one is made of chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, ginger, and a “spicy
aromatic sauce”. Normally we just plop
it over rice, but tonight I am “fancy-ing” it up by topping it with raw chopped
red onion and green pepper. Maybe I am
feeling the need for fancy because we are eating this on the 4th of
July. Yup – nuttin says HAPPY BIRTHDAY
AMERICA like a good Indian dish!
See how I fancied it up??? Under all of that is rice.
Ok, so after I wrote that intro, dinner was ready and we ATE IT. I can now clearly say – PUNJAB CHOLEY IS NOT
OUR FAVORITE INDIAN FARE. So for my
future reference, not the red box, Susan!
I thought this was the one we didn’t buy often, but I thought it was out
of respect for David’s “not love” of chick peas (though he adores hummus…). But no, I think this is not our normal Indian
Fare dish because it just isn’t all that great.
For starters, it is TOO SPICY. And
I do not say that often – in fact I don’t think I have said it one single time
throughout this already more than half over review project. I came to the dinner table with TABASCO last
night in case this was not “hot enough”, but no hot sauce was needed. It might have been because I put those red
onions on top, but I really think the dish itself was super spicy. I tried some bites without onion bits and
they were still hot, hot, hot.
But other than the taste of HOT, all you really get is CHICK PEA.
We served it over basmati rice (to be reviewed tomorrow) and had a side
of asparagus. The box mentions naan or
pita, but to tell you the truth it just wasn’t saucy enough for even the
This meal is cheap and fast to prepare, but not all that good to
eat. And isn’t EATING what a meal is all