Trader Joe’s Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice Review

Trader Joe's Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice

We’ve had mixed feelings about Trader Joe’s Indian food in the past. For example, their Korma Fish Curry with Basmati Rice is absolutely delicious, but their Vegan Tikka Masala is a bit of a disappointment. So we tried to tamper our expectations for Trader Joe’s Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice, though it wasn’t easy. The picture on the package makes this dish look incredibly tasty, and our mouths were watering before we even opened the package.

This meal takes quite a long time to cook — this meal will spend between five and seven minutes in the microwave. But after all that time, it comes out smelling amazing.

Trader Joe's Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice

This meal is separated into two trays — one for the jackfruit curry and the other for the rice — but this is intended to be mixed together into a single dish.

Trader Joe's Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice

The yellow curry sauce is smooth, rich, and flavorful. There’s a great blend of spices here, from galangal to coriander, and the coconut milk makes it incredibly creamy. Trader Joe’s describes this as a “moderately” spicy dish. This label is accurate in the world of Indian food, but if you’re used to western cuisine, the spice level of this meal might catch you off guard. The coconut milk cuts through some of the spiciness, but this dish will still leave you reaching for a glass of milk.

The fruits and vegetables that are mixed in with the flavorful sauce really make this meal shine. The huge chunks of bell pepper and eggplant are exquisite, especially once they’ve soaked up some of the curry sauce. Jackfruit is naturally sweet, but it’s known for having a meaty texture similar to pulled pork. This ingredient keeps this from tasting like a vegan dish, even though it is vegan-friendly. This is a meal any carnivore could enjoy.

The Jasmine rice isn’t seasoned, but it doesn’t have to be. Once it’s mixed in with the curry sauce and vegetables, it has all of the flavor it needs. The texture of the rice is perfect; you’d never know it was cooked in a microwave.

We loved this dish so much that we considered making our own version at home. Unfortunately, the Thai Yellow Curry Sauce sold at Trader Joe’s doesn’t seem to be an exact match for the yellow curry paste used in this dish. That said, Trader Joe’s definitely seems to think that yellow curry and jackfruit belong together. We found them stocked side-by-side at our local store.

Jackfruit and Curry at Trader Joe's

One tray of this is a pretty substantial amount of food, so we were surprised that Trader Joe’s lists this as a single serving in their nutrition info. The whole meal has 470 calories — which is a little high but not unreasonably so — and 580 mg of sodium. There’s also a ton of potassium in this dish, a whopping 470 mg.

Trader Joe’s Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice is incredible. It’s delicious and spicy, and even though it takes a bit longer to cook than we’d like, it makes for a pretty killer lunch — especially on a cold day.

If you want to learn more about the nutrition facts or ingredients in this frozen curry dish, check out our package scans below.

Trader Joe's Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice

Trader Joe's Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice