Professional rugby players should like this. And you’ll be as tough as a professional rugby player when you finish this dish.
I wondered why with only 300 calories in the whole package, the label says there are 3 servings in the box. After all, a single 100 calorie serving is barely more than a few crackers. That’s hardly a meal. Even consuming the whole package, 300 calories total is only a light meal at best. The only rational explanation why TJ suggests that 1/3 of the box is a serving, is to prevent emergency rooms from being overloaded. Many of us may be making that emergency room trip if we over indulge this.
Baingan Bharta has a high degree of heat, as well as a long lingering heat. Only the experienced or the strong are going to be able to eat the whole box without distress. But whatever amount you make it through, you’ll like this eggplant.
As with good Indian food, there are many flavors incorporated in the dish. They’re best experienced from the aromas as the eggplant moves between the microwave and your table. Once in the mouth, the heat tends to overpower any desire you may have to savor the various flavors. That’s not all bad, as long as you enjoy heat.
It’s also fun to sift through the pieces of this and that in dish and try to guess what they are. Sift is what you’ll need to do because bharta essentially means smashed vegetables (eggplant in this case). And smashed the eggplant is, along with the many other ingredients.
While similar in texture and concept to TJ’s MRE Punjab Eggplant, this frozen variation is better. For the same price and as long as you have room in the freezer, Baingan Bharta is a better choice for Indian food lovers. And for rugby players.
TJ labels this product as vegetarian.
Calories 300/box Price $1.99