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Looking for stores with frozen/ready-to-eat Indian food

stochasticgirl Oct 4, 2007 11:01 AM

When I lived in Wisconsin, the Asian grocery store there carried this great line of frozen and ready-to-eat Indian food called Swad. I LOVED their paranthas, and their dal in a pouch. Really easy and fast to make, and pretty tasty, too. Anyone have leads on where I can find this stuff in LA?

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    nick_r Oct 4, 2007 11:03 AM

    Trader Joe's and Whole Foods sell a lot of that boil-in-bag Indian food. TJ's used to sell Tasty Bite but now it's their own brand (which may be the same thing for all I know).

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      Jwsel Oct 4, 2007 11:05 AM

      I think I saw those foods at a small Indian grocery store in Artesia, downstairs from Tirupathi Bhimas. But it might be easier to email the company and ask who carries their frozen foods in the LA area.

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        silverlakebodhisattva Oct 4, 2007 11:57 AM

        Try the grocery section at India's Sweets/Spices on Los Feliz.

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          igj Oct 4, 2007 12:12 PM

          On the westside, the places I buy a lot of my frozen Indian and ready-to-eat Indian items are:
          -India Sweet House, 5992 Pico, near La Cienega - on one side, a counter service Indian snack/chaat shop and on the other, an Indian grocery
          -Asia Foods, 10200 Venice Blvd. in Culver City...in the same mini-mall as Annapurna...a small Indian grocery

          India Sweet House
          5992 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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            tastycakes Oct 4, 2007 01:33 PM

            not frozen, but there is a new stand at the hollywood farmer's market on sundays selling packaged indian food that is very fresh and tasty. the market is at ivar and selma.

            1. boogiebaby Oct 4, 2007 02:31 PM

              I get my prepackaged indian foods at my local India Sweets and Spices. I buy the Deep frozen entrees, frozen Roti Canai, and shelf stable Ashoka and MDH entrees. I don't like the Tasty Bite ones at Trader Joes -- not very good IMO. The MDH ones are great -- I usually cook a couple dishes at the beginning of the week, and then we complement them with the prepackaged entrees. The Ashoka ones are punjabi style, which is the style of food we cook in my family.

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                chowhoundwoof Oct 4, 2007 07:53 PM

                I recommend the Tandoori Chef brand of Indian frozen foods at Wholefoods. They cost under $4 a box and are delicious. They are similar to the frozen ready meals by Raja food. I had the Palak Paneer last night and it was really good. I don't recall seeing frozen paratha but you can check. They also carry a good selection of other brands, so it's a good idea to shop there and check it out for yourself.

                Whole foods also carries great Indian naan. I think it's called Indian bite or Indian taste ... something like that. A little on the expensive side at $5+ a bag but it's good food.

                1. westsidegal Oct 4, 2007 09:36 PM

                  i'd try SAMOSA HOUSE first
                  Samosa House. 11510 W Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90066 Phone: (310) 398-6766.

                  be sure arrive there with enough time and room in your belly to have their combination plate and ask for their great mango/banana/pistachio soup

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