Trader Joe's Annapolis

Trader Joe's
160 Jennifer Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Trader Joe's Annapolis

Trader Joe's Annapolis : Cheap, Tasty Indian Takeout

In my view, Indian restaurants in Maryland are more often misses than hits.

The food is seldom palatable and the service often below par.

So the other day I avoided the restaurant route for my (outside) Indian fix and headed to Trader Joe's to pick up some heat-n-eat curry packets.

I purchased a packet of Vegetable Samosas, Paneer Tikka Masala with Spinach Rice, Palak Paneer and Tandoori Naan for a grand total of about $11.

Vegetable Samosas

Trader Joe's Vegetable Samosa box included six pieces.

Trader Joe's Annapolis Vegetable Samosa
Vegetable Samosa - Six in the Box

Samosas were placed directly in the box without any plastic pouch.

The outer texture of the Samosas was so thin that they broke and some of the curry stuffing fell inside the box.

Trader Joe's Annapolis Vegetable Samosa
Vegetable Samosa - Inside Story

The Samosa stuffing included mashed Potatoes, Carrot, Cilantro Leaves and Green Peas.

To its credit, the Potato Curry stuffing was flavorful with a tinge of lime flavor coming through.

I would have sung paeans to Trader Joe's Vegetable Samosa if only the outer texture had been thicker and not broken.


Serving Size 2 Samosas: 84g
Servings Per Container: 3
Calories per Serving: 170
Calories from Fat: 60

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala included a small serving of Basmati-Spinach rice and Tikka Masala gravy with Paneer cubes.

Trader Joe's Annapolis Paneer Tikka Masala Box
Paneer Tikka Masala - Yummy

Paneer cubes were soft and the tikka masala gravy was creamy and delicious.

Boy, I was in a swoon!

Basmati Spinach rice included a few small pieces of diced carrot. Given my Indian palate, I'd have been happier were it a bit spicier.

Trader Joe's Annapolis Paneer Tikka Masala
Paneer Tikka Masala - Inside Story

By the way, serving size was decent as well.

You can be sure that I'll be picking up at least two packets of Paneer Tikka Masala during my next visit to Trader Joe's.


Serving Size 1 Tray: 255g/9oz
Servings Per Container: 1
Calories per Serving: 430
Calories from Fat: 210

Palak Paneer

I found the Palak Paneer not in the frozen section but on the regular shelves.

Palak Paneer included one long green chilli and several cubes of Paneer.

Trader Joe's Annapolis Palak Paneer Box
Palak Paneer

Paneer cubes were soft but the Palak gravy packed a chemical flavor.

Overall, I did not enjoy Trader Joe's Palak Paneer curry though the serving size was decent for two bucks.

Trader Joe's Annapolis Palak Paneer
Palak Paneer - Inside Story


Serving Size 1/2 Package: 150g/9oz
Servings Per Container: 2
Calories per Serving: 160
Calories from Fat: 110

Tandoori Naan

Tandoori Naans are great with any Indian curry.

No visit to Trader Joe's is complete without picking up at least a couple of Naan packets.

Tandoori Plain Naan packet included four pieces.

Trader Joe's Annapolis Tandoori Naan Packet
Tandoori Naan - Four Pieces

Naan bread was medium thick and tasty.

I heated it on the pan for about three minutes.

Wow! Yummy with the Paneer Tikka Masala.

No complaints, folks.

Trader Joe's Annapolis Tandoori Naan
Tandoori Naan - Inside Story


Serving Size 1 Piece: 85g
Servings Per Container: 4
Calories per Serving: 180
Calories from Fat: 20

Trader Joe's - Go for it

Overall, I'd recommend Trader Joe's for its rich variety of Indian curry packets.

For about $10, two people with moderate appetites can have a decent Indian meal.

Next time your stomach bellows for some samosas or Curry, skip the Indian restaurants and go over to Trader Joe's in Annapolis.

You won't be disappointed. - ©

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Royal Taj
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SSV Temple Canteen
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Trader Joe's Annapolis