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Bolly in a box

November 18, 2009

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It’s hard to get fresh-tasting vegetables out of anything but the produce aisle, but with Tasty Bite’s all-natural, boil-in-the-bag Indian dishes, you can get them from a box. That might be from the simplicity of the food, 40 percent of which the company grows in the hills of Pune, India, near Mumbai: The Bombay potatoes are just potatoes, chickpeas, and spices; Punjab eggplant is made of only eggplant, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and more spices. But Tasty Bites gives a lot of the credit to its packaging - the food comes in pouches designed for lunar travel. It’s not a trip to the moon, but with rice or naan, the 17 vegetarian varieties ($2.99 to $3.29 for 10 ounces, which serves two) make mealtime a five-minute passage to India. Available at some Whole Foods Markets, Stop & Shop, and Hannaford’s.

LUCIA HUNTINGTON