Thursday, March 21, 2013

Jaali Bean: A Taste Of India

In my latest KlutchClub Box, I received a packet of Jaali Bean Lentil & Rice Kit.  I was intrigued as Indian food has always been an interest, but seems too complicated to master.  I love watching the Spice Goddess with Bal Arneson on the Cooking Channel with all the wonderful spices that she puts together, but I have no clue where to start myself.

But, Jaali Bean is perfect for people like me, it's like Indian food for dummies.  These kits include everything you need to make an authentic Indian dish: the grains (lentils, rice)  and more importantly the correct spice combinations.  And what I think I love most is that these kits don't skimp, instead of a pinch of Cinnamon, you get an entire Cinnamon Stick!

I also love that these kits are all-natural, gluten-free, oil-free and vegan (although the package says vegetarian)!  They also come together in under 30 minutes with very little intervention from the chef.  While the directions call for the addition of oil, I omitted without issue.

There are 3 flavors:

I tried the Creamy Coconut myself and my house filled with the warm toasty aroma of coconut the second the spices hit the pan!  I can't speak to the authenticity of the dish, but it is definitely something I will make again!

Check it out!
The Hoff

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