Tastebud Satisfaction: Deep Indian Gourmet Spicy Lentil Samosas

I love me some samosas. I have a very unmacrobiotic habit of ordering them as an appetizer every time I set foot in an Indian restaurant. And believe me, I know where all the Indian restaurants are in my part of the state.

The samosas I’m used to are plump pastry triangles stuffed with potatoes and peas, and just like with my Snapeas discovery, these are not your ordinary icky peas. Loaded up with just enough spice, I could eat these peas all day.

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But as I alluded to above, potatoes are something I shouldn’t overindulge in, which is my shady way of saying I shouldn’t eat them at all, so imagine my delight when my husband came home with a box full of frozen samosas–stuffed with spicy lentils instead!

Deep Indian Gourmet’s Spicy Lentil Samosas. Bake ’em. Use your toaster oven, use your regular oven. All it takes is 400F and 8 minutes. Out comes as a small slice of heaven, little fat triangles all crispy and golden-brown and ready to serve up their lentily goodness.

When you don’t have time to go to an Indian restaurant (or there isn’t one anywhere nearby) and you certainly aren’t going to make your own food because if you had that much time, you’d be at a restaurant, do yourself a tastebud favor and get a box of these. You get 24 in a box! How cool is that?

Of course, I’m assuming you have an Indian or Asian grocery nearby, but if you don’t, parent company Deep Foods graciously gives you an option in the guise of GroceryBabu.com (which is closed for maintenance at the time of this writing).

But a little search yields another (also untested by me) option at GingerFresh.com.

Go get ’em. And yes, you can microwave them too and they’ll still be delicious.

I’m all excited about Indian food now, so here are some recipes at the bottom of this page.

Tastebud Satisfaction: Kohinoor Tempting Lentils with Spinach and Steamed Basmati Rice

I’m really diggin’ Kohinoor.

I know, we’re not supposed to eat food out of a box, but let’s be realistic: We’re busy, we’re tired, we’re hungry, and if we can understand the ingredients on the back, well, I say go for it–but be as healthy about it as you can.

That’s why Kohinoor has become my go-to Indian food-in-a-box when I’m at the local supermarket craving a touch of spice.

These two together make one dreamy concoction:

Kohinoor Tempting Lentils with Spinach, and Rice Treat Steamed Basmati Rice.

Both are 100% vegetarian. Both take about four minutes on the stove, less if you’re using a microwave. Both are amazingly delicious for something unleashed from a box.

The lentils and spinach have a slightly peppy, mild spiciness that warms rather than fries your tastebuds with ginger, garlic, cumin, garam masala and turmeric powder among the ingredients. Yes, you may have to help it ooze out of the bag but it’s so good once it’s cooked.

The steamed basmati rice is a lovely way to get your favorite rice where it belongs, fast: In your innards! Using just water, basmati rice, refined sunflower oil and salt, this ready-to-go dish is gluten free and cholesterol free, and a perfect complement to the lentils & spinach.

Kohinoor is worth a trip to your grocery store when you can’t get to an Indian restaurant. Go for it!



Tastebud Satisfaction: Kohinoor Dal Fry and Chana Masala


I really like the Kohinoor brand of Indian dishes. Saucily termed “India on Platter,” these heat & eat meals soothe the harried, hungry soul whether you’ve got 15 minutes to squeeze in lunch or just don’t know what to make for dinner.

Plus they’re 100% vegetarian, ingredients you can not only understand at a glance but can read in less than a minute, and I just noticed that the boxes I have are marked Kosher.

I tried two: Chana Masala, or Seasoned Chickpeas, and Dal Fry, or Tempting Fried Yellow Lentils.

Tempting is right. Cooked separately, these work extremely well when served together because they share many of the same ingredients, such as tomatoes, onions, green chili and “authentic Indian spices” that include cumin, coriander and turmeric.


The Chana Masala further boasts fenugreek leaves and red chili, while the Dal Fry has red gram and green gram, which are lentils.

5 minutes will get you a tasty, satisfying meal. What are you waiting for? Get yourself to a health or Asian grocery store now!


A Kashmiri-style lentil recipe on a Linux forum. Can’t beat that.