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nyy7 Jul 16, 2009 08:24 AM

Bought a few of these side dishes at Waldbaum's. Curries etc. Expected slop, but turned out great. Made in India with an Indian Hechscher. Tried two last night; a chick pea curry and a red bean curry. Foil poch wrapped, no refrig needed. Can be microed, boiled in bag or opened and heated in pan. Over one year shelf life. They are either parve or milchig. Very pleasantly surprised.

Bruce in Belle Harbor

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    nyy7 RE: nyy7 Jul 16, 2009 10:57 AM

    Sorry.. Brand is Kitchens of India

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      azna29 RE: nyy7 Jul 17, 2009 08:44 AM

      I have tried these too. Not bad but very spicy!

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        moonlightgraham RE: azna29 Jul 17, 2009 12:27 PM

        Here is an old blog on the topic. I would check to see if there are any changes.

        http://www.kosherblog.net/2004/11/15/...

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          nyy7 RE: moonlightgraham Jul 17, 2009 03:26 PM

          Different Brand Check out Kitchens of India web site. Amazon has good selection and price also

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            moonlightgraham RE: nyy7 Jul 17, 2009 04:48 PM

            I believe that both companies have the same rabbinical supervision. The kosher symbol is a menora.

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              queenscook RE: nyy7 Jul 18, 2009 07:40 PM

              Can you describe what the hechsher looks like?

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                havdalahclub RE: queenscook Jul 18, 2009 08:03 PM

                http://www.hanefesh.com/edu/kosher_Fo...

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                  vallevin RE: havdalahclub Jul 19, 2009 10:01 AM

                  I have yet to meet ANYONE, Rabbi or otherwise who is familiar with this hechsher. I can't any bio info on this Rabbi, where he received smicha.
                  So anyone know anything about the supervision?

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                    queenscook RE: vallevin Jul 19, 2009 10:40 AM

                    The moderators here are very sensitive about discussion of hechsherim, as evidenced by the fact that I had two posts removed from this thread, simply asking what hechsher this product had. When I asked about the removal, they restored one of my posts (which is why it seems above that I'm asking a question which was already answered, but that's besides the point).

                    Anyway, this is what I'll say about the hechsher . . . a few years ago, I went to a public shiur given by R. Yoel Schoenfeld, Asst. Rabbi at the YI of Kew Gardens Hills, and one of the OU's kashrut experts. He went down the list of hechsherim in Kashrut Magazine. He gave the bottom line on the ones he knew about, and said straight out when he didn't know anything about a hechsher. This is one, however, that he DID report on, so if you are so inclined, I suppose you can look him up (you can probably get his email from the OU website), and see if he'll give you the lowdown.

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                      moonlightgraham RE: vallevin Jul 19, 2009 02:06 PM

                      You could contact a Chabad rabbi in one of the Indian cities to find out the answer to this kashrut question.

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          p.j. RE: nyy7 Jul 21, 2009 12:03 PM

          Hi! We have used the Kitchens of India and Tasty Bite brands here in St. Louis for the last year or so. We find them at grocery stores near hospitals and shop 'n save.

          They are convenient for a fast supper when we get home late, but definitely are not high quality Indian food. We come home, put up a pot of basmati rice, and nuke the varieties in glass bowls. Yogurt with cilantro and grated carrot or cucumber on the side (ersatz raita).
          That said, please pay attention to the nutrition information on the packages. Some of the varieties contain about 9-11 grams of fat per portion (the packages are generally 2 portions each). Yikes.
          p.j.

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