Trader Joes Masala Dosa

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Masala Dosa Authentic Indian appetizers?

We love the spicy flavor of Indian food, and when we saw these taco like snacks, we bought a box right away!

The wraps are made of rice a rice crepe - and rice make a great wrapper for the filling of  spicy potatoes and onions.  The filling was fantastic! It had just enough spice so you know you are eating Indian food, but not too much that you cannot taste anything, at least that is what we thought.

The Masala Dosa come with a package of coconut curry, which was wonderful and a little sweet from the coconut and cooling from all the spices in the potato and onion filling.

They were super easy to cook, all you needed to do was heat on a pan lined with foil (check the package for time and temperature) and then heat up the coconut curry sauce in a little boiling water to thaw it. (We like to use a mug with some hot water,  drop the pouch in, and then allow to heat up while the masala dosa are heating in the oven).

As you can see from the picture, our Masala Dosa got a bit toasty in the oven and this gave the rice crepes a nice crunchy texture to contrast the smooth center.

As a note:

As we ate these yummy Masala Dosa (with a salad for a nice lunch) we thought that the coconut curry sauce served COLD would have made a nice addition to the warm Indian tacos and will thaw the coconut curry sauce briefly and then chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

A second note, would be to lightly oil the tin foil as our rice crepes stuck in a few places. gggrrrr

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Masala Dosa ? What did you think? Share your thoughts below or on Facebook! ~THANKS!

 

Trader Joe’s Macadamias mix Gingerly with Cranberries & Almonds

Trader Joe's Macadamia Mix Gingerly with Cranberries & Almonds

Trader Joe's Macadamia Mix Gingerly with Cranberries & Almonds

Now, I know that this name is a bit strange. I actually did not notice how weird it was until I stopped to type it down for this post. You know how much we LOVE to eat trail mix and all kinds of nuts, right? Well I  guess I was only seeing the great ingredients when I picked up this package.

I mean, any nut lover would grab fast for a mixture that had macadamias, cranberries and almonds, right? But Trader Joe’s always goes the extra mile, and well, they added chunks of ginger to this mix!

Yes, you read that right! I think this is the first time I have purchased a Trail Mix/ Trek Mix that had chunks of spicy-sweet candied ginger in the package. YUMMZ!

As you can see from the photos (I am so amazed that we remembered to even take photos of this wonderful stuff :) Trader Joe’s did not skimp on the ginger- there are tons of real large chunks of ginger in this mix. (the ginger was about the same size as the macadamia nuts- eeks!)

Trader Joe's Trek Mix

Trader Joe's Trek Mix

So anyway we wanted to alert you all to a wonderful nibble that is available right now at your local Trader Joe’s store. This will be one of our favorite snacks to enjoy over the summer and we hope that you all get a chance to enjoy it as well.

Don’t forget: This snack is Wheat Free too!

Let us know what you thought of this mixture. Please leave a comment in the space below.

How to Cook Brown Rice: EZ Way

Trader Joe's Brown Basmati Rice

Trader Joe's Brown Basmati Rice

We both love to eat brown rice, but sometimes cooking it can be a hassle. Because it is a whole grain, it does not cook up as quick as white rice. I like to plan about an hour to cook brown rice. Now this does not mean that it takes a whole hour to cook brown rice, but we cook the rice in shall we say a “slow way” and so I like to give the rice time to rest etc… We do like to eat Brown Rice as much as possible, but shhhh… we do keep a bag of white rice around, just for “fast food” because it does take a while to cook!

What we like to do is to cook a bigger batch of brown rice than we need for a meal so that we have leftovers. Brown Rice can sit covered in the refrigerator for a week and still be OK.

If you don’t think you will use it up, you can also freeze it in a plastic zipper bag. We like to use frozen brown rice in soups (just break off a chunk) or thaw the rice for an hour and use in a stir-fry. YUM!

Now, if you are new to cooking brown rice, we suggest that you start cooking a few small batches of brown rice to get a feel for this EZ way to cook brown rice.

What you need:

  • Brown Rice (we like Trader Joe’s Brown Basmati)
  • Water

How to:

In a small sauce pot with a lid, measure out ½ cup of brown rice.

Now add 1 cup of water and cover. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.

Brown Rice in Pan covered in water

Brown Rice in Pan covered in water

Let the rice cook for 20 minutes then check. You want to catch the rice about ½ way through the cooking process, so that about ½ the water is gone. This could take about 10-15 minutes more depending on how much is in the pan, where you live etc… You are waiting for the water to be absorbed to the level of the rice. You will still see the water, but it will not be higher in the pan than the rice. (See picture).

Brown Rice with steam holes

Brown Rice with steam holes

When the water is down to the level of the rice, and you see that nice big steam holes have developed, put the lid back on and turn off the rice. Let the rice just sit in the hot pan and soak up the rest of the water. This takes about 15 minutes. When you are ready to serve, the rice should be all fluffy and ready to just heat back up- for a few minutes.

If there is still some water in the bottom of the pan, just use heat with the lid off and the extra water will help steam the rice/warm it up for searving. In fact you will want to make sure there is some water in the pan when you heat it up to serve,  or your rice might stick to the pan.

We then take a fork and sorta “fluff” up the rice before serving.

Variations:

You can cook the rice in some chicken or vegetable stock if you like

You can sauté onions and garlic in olive oil before adding the rice and water. This adds a wonderful flavor to the rice.

Try cooking your brown rice this way and see if you don’t agree that this is an EZ way to cook Brown Rice at home.