I Think Trader Joe’s Madras Lentils Taste Great!

Trader Joe’s Madras Lentils are a tasty vegetarian meal of lentils and red kidney beans in a creamy, spiced tomato sauce that can be quite filling.  I really enjoyed the Madras Lentils from Trader Joe’s and usually pick up a couple pouches whenever I am in the store.

Trader Joe's Madras Lentils

Nutrition, Ingredients and Labelling

Let’s take a closer look at what comes in this 10 ounce pouch.

Nutrition Facts

One pouch of Madras Lentils contains two servings but I always eat both so I am reporting the nutrition for the whole package.

  • Calories: 300
  • Fat: 13g (17% DV)
  • Cholesterol: 25mg (8% DV)
  • Sodium: 1040mg (45% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 35g (13% DV)
  • Protein: 13g

From a nutrition standpoint I will rate the dish as about average. This is a great 300 calorie meal but the sodium content is higher than it should be.

TJ Madras Lentils Nutrition

Ingredient List

The Madras Lentils have the following ingredients:

  • Water
  • Lentils
  • Red kidney beans
  • Onions
  • Cream
  • Tomato paste
  • Butter
  • Sunflower oil
  • Salt
  • Ginger
  • Cumin
  • Red chili powder


The labelling indicates that this product is:

  • Kosher
  • A product of India

This product is not labelled as Organic.

Heating and Serving

Here is how I heated the lentils before they became my lunch 🙂

Heating Instructions

The heating instructions for this product are:

  • Cut a two inch slit in the top corner of the pouch to vent.
  • Heat in the microwave on High for one minute.
  • Carefully pour out the contents of the pouch and serve.

With my microwave I have found I get better results when I heat these meals for 90 seconds instead of 60 seconds.


I have loved all of the Indian meals I have bought at Trader Joe’s.  Their Chicken Tikka Masala is fantastic, as is their Yellow Tadka Dal, so I went in with high hopes for the Madras Lentils.

My verdict on the flavor is that the dish is exactly what I was hoping for!

Bowl of TJ Madras Lentils

The meal offered plenty of lentils and kidney beans making it extremely filling which is great considering that the meal only has 300 calories.  The sauce was flavorful and creamy and the lentils were tender.

The “spiciness” of the meal is mild but the ginger, onions and cumin bring plenty of flavors to the party!

I was surprised that these lentils tasted, and looked, almost identical to the Tasty Bite Madras Lentils I usually get at Costco. The only real differences that I could tell between the two brands is packaging and price.

The Trader Joe’s Madras Lentils cost me $1.99 for a single 10 ounce pouch while the ones I buy in bulk from Costco cost about $1.62.

I am very happy with these Trader Joe’s lentils and will be buying them again.


Good morning and welcome to the site dedicated to helping you find great products at Costco and other stores! My name is David Somerville and these are hands on reviews of products that I have bought and used or am seriously considering purchasing. I do most of my shopping at the Costco in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but will check out any other Costco warehouses I find while travelling. Please get in touch with any questions and let me know of any great products that deserved to be featured in this blog!

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