Indian Lentil Stew

This stew is so thick, hearty and delicious, you would never guess it came from a jar. I didn't have high expectations for the product, but simply heated and served with some chopped cilantro (which we almost always have on hand) it is so fresh tasting and flavorful. Also, it looked soupy in the jar, but is thick with potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and okra. Again, just shocking how fresh they taste. How do they do it?
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bysaraschneider

March 8, 2006

great with a dollop of non fat plain yogurt on top.
byFuntimeBen

May 4, 2006

Never sounded too appealing. I mean "stew" always sounds a little gross, but I am now very interested to try it. I shall give it a try and report back.
byjenner42

May 31, 2006

A really yummy quick lunch or dinner. Great to scoop up with chapatis or naan.
byhaileysqueek

June 25, 2006

It's definitely worth trying. I like it enough to buy it now and then, but I doubt it will ever be a regular purchase for me.
bypatosf

July 12, 2006

This is similar to Dahl (Indian staple lentil meal). At least it's the easiest and quickest substitute for Dahl. I just add ginger powder and lemon juice, then serve with a curry and naans or rice.
byNetaris

September 8, 2006

i did not like this, as it was not what i was expecting at all! lentil to me should be spicy and more onion-tasting; this one has loads of cinammon in it and it just ruins the lentil taste for me. a traditional dahl that is from south india is hard to find, and this was more north indian, which was a bummer.
byJBinOC

October 9, 2006

Just had it. Definitely a quality product, as Jovanna implied. My guess is it's also fairly authentic...though I am not Indian, I once had a similar South Indian dish prepared by a native, and TJ's Sambhar Lentil Stew was on par.

The tips cited (e.g. naan, lemon juice, rice) are all worth considering.

I do wonder if Netaris is referring to another product...there is no cinammon in the TJ Sambhar Lentil Stew, and it did have the predictable lentil spice flavor, in my humble opinion.
bybunnyluv24

January 6, 2007

This definitely looked like gravy when I first saw it, which made me reluctant to try it. The flavor and texture are pleasurable, not my favorite stew, but exceeded my expectation. I would add fresh chiles for extra heat and serve with naan. This is worth a try...at least for the 10 grams of fiber.
byslklfitz

August 6, 2007

I went today to trader joes and the woman at costumer service told me that they were discontinuing this product...I am so bummed...does anyone know the company that makes it...i will order from them, it's that good!
byeugenecongo

August 6, 2007

after a month or so, i went to TJ's to stock up on our favorite, and was devastated that this bottle was not to be found on the shelves. The clerks were too busy for me to ask them. But, slkflitz' posting kind of clears up the mystery.
Yes, any idea where we can directly order this?
byfoxydot

August 8, 2007

This and the Spanish Chicken stew were our winter staples! Plus, the lentil stew is so filling for so few calories!

I wonder why the discontinue...not selling well enough or provider problems?
byJamiJami

August 20, 2007

I am eating some for lunch right now that I bought recently here in Northern Cal. It is much more watery and less flavorful than it used to be. I wouldn't even call this stew! I thought maybe they messed up the batch, so I looked at the label. There are 3 1/2 grams of fiber in a serving now, and I remember there was much more fiber in this before. What a huge disappointment. This used to be a staple for me. I won't buy it again. :(
byJamiJami

August 20, 2007

Edit my last comment... I looked at the jar again. It says 10 grams of fiber. But I still think it is MUCH more watery and less flavorful than the many jars I've had before. Perhaps this IS just a bad batch... and if so, then maybe this is the "problem with the supplier" that a previous commenter guessed might be the reason some of you aren't finding it anymore.

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