Thursday, November 22, 2018

Season's Choice Curry and Vegetable Risotto (Aldi)

Sometimes, taking a chance yields expected results.
Well throughout some previous reviews, we learned that risotto is not a food I’m all that familiar with. Now I have to confess that Indian cuisine is something I’m far less experienced in. We even have a well-received Indian restaurant a few seconds from our house, but the fancy has never struck my wife or I enough to actually go and check it out. But since I tend to be more open-minded about foods, and my wife was off on vacation visiting her parents out-of-state, I figured this would be as good a time as any to see what vegetable and curry risotto was all about.

It might just be the culture shock, but I have to say that I’m not very crazy about it. The vegetables and rice are very good, but the curry just kind of ruins it for me. Again, I doubt that a frozen meal is going to feature 100% authentic curry, but I must confess that I don’t know exactly how typical curry tastes. It certainly did grow on me slightly from the beginning to the end (I ended up downing the whole container in one sitting), but it has a rather awkward taste that’s hard to describe…it’s neither sweet, nor bitter, but it also just doesn’t taste very good.

There’s still something intriguing about this dish, though, as the vegetables and rice are fantastic together (even the zucchini was delicious, and I usually don’t care for that). Part of the reason I ate so much is no doubt because I was rather buzzed and looking for something to toss in my stomach, and this fit the bill. But by the end, I have to admit that I didn’t nearly hate the curry as much as I did on the first bite, so that has to be saying something. However, would I purchase this again?

I can’t say I would, because it‘s way outside the limits of what my palate is used to, and while it did the job of filling up my stomach, it wasn‘t much of a pleasurable experience. But this experience has certainly opened my eyes to the potentials of Indian cuisine, and at the very least, I vow to make a trip to the Indian restaurant down the road at some point in the fairly near future. Maybe if that wins me over, I’ll be more apt to pick this up again. But as it stands, Season’s Choice Vegetable and Curry Risotto just isn’t for me, though if you enjoy curry, and you enjoy vegetables, and you enjoy rice, then it will probably be for you.

Overall: 5.5/10. Well you can't say you don't like something until you try it; I can officially say that curry is not my cup of tea. But if it's yours, then you will probably like this. The curry is strong, and balanced out by a solid combination of vegetables and rice that are pretty good for a frozen meal. If you don't like curry...well, this certainly won't change your mind.

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