I must confess … once in a while, when hunger strikes, and I just don’t feel like cooking, it’s nice to discover some ready-to-go frozen entrees in the freezer. Such was the case the other day, when two more Amy’s entrees saved us from possible starvation (slight exaggeration). This time it was Amy’s Indian inspired meals.
Amy’s Indian Frozen Entrees come in these Vegan Varieties
Amy’s Indian Inspired Meals currently include several vegan options. At last count, we spotted two wraps, two canned soups, and the two frozen entrees below. We’ve tried both of the entrees, and I’ve included our tasting notes.
As with most frozen entrees, the picture on the box was a bit livelier than the actual contents. Luckily, its image was quickly boosted by some satisfying flavor.
The “tender organic vegetables in a curry sauce” was surprisingly spicy (but not unreasonable) and bold. The mix was rich with cauliflower and contrasted with a few sweet raisins. This was my favorite part of the entrée, but some more rice to enjoy the heat with would have been nice.
As for the rice that was there, it was quite mellow, slightly odd in flavor (not off-putting, just odd), and it was laced with cubed potatoes and peas. Alas, it didn’t quite cook all the way, so some of the rice was a bit chewy. Overall, I might have preferred to just make my own side of rice, double the batch of course.
The third portion of the dish was a dal. Admittedly, I have no prior experience with dal, so I couldn’t offer a quality comparison. I thought it was good, mild and flavorful, and very creamy. It was similar to a rich cream, spiked with a good dose of lentils and beans.
Overall, I enjoyed the unique flavors. Just a quick swap (and doubling) of the rice, and lunch is served!
Ingredients: organic brown basmati rice, filtered water, organic onions, organic peas, organic potatoes, organic coconut milk (organic coconut, water), organic cauliflower, organic carrots, organic black urad dal*, organic diced tomatoes, organic bell peppers, organic cashews, organic tomato purée, expeller pressed high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic mung dal*, organic yellow split peas, organic lemon juice, organic green lentils, organic garlic, organic ginger purée (filtered water, organic ginger), organic raisins, extra virgin olive oil sea salt, organic green beans, organic almonds, spices, turmeric, organic mustard seeds, organic jalapeños, organic black pepper. contains tree nuts (coconut, cashews and almonds).
Nutrition (per entree): 330 calories, 12g fat, 46g carbs, 8g fiber, 0g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 9g protein.*
I really hadn’t associated green peas with Indian Food, until I trialed these entrees. As a subtle addition or as the showcase ingredient, there seemed to be peas in just about every little dish. Speaking of, the curried peas in this meal were good and very mild, with some tofu scattered throughout. Yet, somehow, I still have trouble tasting peas as a main entrée.
The rice in this meal was pretty much white rice, with no particular flavors standing out.
The dal was a bit of a surprise, as it looked absolutely nothing like the picture on the box. The picture seems to show a chunky mix with a good deal of corn. The one in the package was definitely pureed, with just a few corn kernels throughout. It had a curry like spice, with a relatively mild heat. Not bad, but I think a “chunky” style dish would have been my textural preference.
I split each frozen meal with my husband, for some variety and another opinion. Like me, he felt that both dishes were good overall, and full of flavor, but he prefers the other Amy’s meals we have tried thus far. We were both “wowed” by Amy’s Baked Ziti. However, I must admit that we have little experience with Indian food, usually opting for Thai food when the curry cravings strike.
Ingredients: organic basmati rice, filtered water, organic peas, organic onions, organic diced tomatoes, organic tofu (filtered water, organic soybeans, magnesium chloride), organic zucchini, organic mung dal*, expeller pressed high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic carrots, organic garlic, organic cilantro, organic tomato purée, sea salt, organic ginger purée (filtered water, organic ginger), extra virgin olive oil, spices, turmeric, organic cornstarch, organic jalapeño peppers, organic mustard seeds, organic black pepper. contains soy.
Nutrition (per entree): 300 calories, 8g fat, 43g carbs, 4g fiber, 5g sugars (includes 0g added sugars), 13g protein.*
More Facts on Amy’s Indian Frozen Entrees
Price: $4.29 per entree
Availability: Amy’s Indian Frozen Entrees are sold at Sprouts, Whole Foods, and various grocers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Look for them in the frozen entree section or in the frozen special diet section, if the store has one.
Certifications: The vegan varieties of Amy’s Indian Frozen Entrees are Certified Vegan and Certified Kosher DE (for dairy equipment, not ingredients; see our Understanding Kosher Guide).
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, the vegan varieties of Amy’s Indian Frozen Entrees are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Amy’s Kitchen website at amys.com
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
Good, but didn't wow
These have nice flavors, but like a lot of frozen entrees, the cooking is a little spotty.