I Think Trader Joe’s Yellow Tadka Dal Is Delicious!

Trader Joe’s Yellow Tadka Dal is a microwave ready Indian meal that is ready to eat in less than two minutes.  The package said the Tadka Dal is “A savory, creamy and spicy blend of lentils and spices.”  That is pretty much exactly the type of meal that I love to have for lunch!

Trader Joe's Yellow Tadka Dal

Nutrition, Ingredients and Labelling

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

Nutrition Facts

One pouch of these lentils contains two servings but when I get Indian food in this size pouch I always eat both servings so I am reporting the nutrition for the whole package.

  • Calories: 260
  • Fat: 10g (13% DV)
  • Cholesterol: 15mg (5% DV)
  • Sodium: 820mg (36% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 34g (12% DV)
  • Protein: 12g

This is a great, less than 300 calorie, meal and the sodium content is lower than the Madras Lentils at Costco.

Tadka Dal Nutrition

Ingredient List

The Yellow Tadka Dal has the following ingredients:

  • Water
  • Split Pigeon Peas (Yellow Lentils)
  • Butter
  • Sunflower oil
  • Tomatoes
  • Green chili pepper
  • Salt
  • Cumin seed
  • Onion
  • Curry leaves
  • Yeast extract
  • Mustard seeds
  • Chili flakes
  • Lemon powder
  • Turmeric

This dish has a lot of spices and I was delighted to see that it had green chili peppers featured high up on the list.


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 Madras Lentils, so I went in with high hopes for the Yellow Tadka Dal.

I have never had this dish before so I didn’t know what to expect.

The flavors were rich, savory and had a wonderful kick of spicy heat.  I thought the lentils were absolutely delicious.

Bowl of Yellow Tadka Dal

The flavors were bold enough that the lentils really filled me up, much more so than I was expecting.  This was so filling that I am amazed it only has 260 calories.

Trader Joe’s suggest serving this dish with some crunchy veggies and a hunk of naan bread….that sounds like a good idea!

This meal cost me $1.99 for a single 10 ounce pouch and it was worth every penny.

I am very happy with this product 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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