Dealer Joe’s Shrimp Tikka Masala

Trader Joe's Shrimp Tikka Masala

I do not know that I’ve ever had a tikka masala dish that I’ve disliked. Simply from Dealer Joe’s alone, we have seen roosterpaneer, and vegan varieties, all of which have been thumbs up. Shrimp is one among my favourite meals and all the time has been. So long as it is cooked correctly, it is fairly onerous to mess up shrimp, so the bar is about fairly excessive for this dish already. 

Like most of you, we’ve not been consuming out a lot recently. So I suppose if something, that lowers the bar a tad and makes us recognize near-restaurant-quality microwave meals much more than normal. Hopefully we’re giving this Shrimp Tikka Masala its honest shake. 

Anyway, Let’s dive in.

I really feel like they nearly wished to go along with a flippable tray, a la these yogurts that include mix-ins, however with the shrimp and sauce being flipped into the mattress of cumin rice as an alternative of cookie bits getting flipped right into a mattress of yogurt. The tray is not fairly that versatile, so that you’re left flicking the shrimps one after the other into the opposite facet. Honest sufficient.

There are about 8 or 10 small shrimp swimming round in a pink sauce. For a frozen meal, their texture is about what you’d anticipate. Shrimp would not fare notably effectively within the microwave, for my part, and these specimens have been no higher or worse than I anticipated—only a tad extra chewy than steamed or fried shrimp could be. 

The sauce is a “mildly spicy tomato sauce” …and that is what it tastes like. It is not notably bursting with Indian spices or warmth. It is a wee bit extra advanced and fascinating than, say, tomato soup, nevertheless it struck me as being considerably much less flavorful than any of the earlier tikka masala dishes from Dealer Joe’s.

The rice right here is not the basic basmati rice we see in most of TJ’s Indian meals. That is “cumin rice.” It is plain white rice…with some cumin seeds and coconut oil. So…just about simply plain white rice.

I polished off the tray simply sufficient. By no means gagged. By no means grimaced on the taste. Nevertheless it did not encourage any moments of bliss or euphoria, both. 

Whereas I can not shaft it too badly, I might put this close to the underside of the tikka masala pack and perhaps even close to the underside of the checklist of Dealer Joe’s Indian meals usually. That is to not say it is dangerous in any means. There’s only a laundry checklist of different excellent Indian meals at TJ’s that I will attain for earlier than I decide up this specific choice once more. Sonia sat this one out, citing an upset tummy as her purpose for non-participation.

$3.49 for the one serving meal. Prepared after 5-6 minutes in microwave.

Backside line: 6.5 out of 10.