Ingredients & Allergens
Preparation & Storage
Best Tasting! Review by KoraExplora
This is by far the best tasting Backpackers Pantry of them all! I am in love with the flavour. My girlfriend and I took this along with on the West Coast Trail. It kept my rainy spirits up! Nice and warm. Pleasing. I even like to just eat at home! :) (Posted on 7/17/2015)
Great change of pace to the normal packaged meals. Review by krenzleman
I had this over the weekend while camping near Zion. It was rainy and chilly and this was a great meal to keep warm. Amazing flavor and just enough spice. Will definitely be getting this again. (Posted on 5/27/2015)
delicious vegetarian option Review by stwalke
On my 6 day backpacking trip this was one of my favorites. Lots of veggies, flavorful, spicy, and filling. Loved it and would highly recommend! We added in a package of peas and made it even better. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
One of the best! Review by Zeb
We do about a 5-6 night trip every year, and I expect this one to be on the menu every year. Very satisfying meal. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
High expectations, maybe too high Review by cspradlin
I enjoyed this, sure, but maybe my expectations were a bit high. I did not check reviews, I largely just looked around the store and picked things I hadn't tried yet for my last trip in Alaska. It's good, I will definitely say that. Good enough I'm going to purchase it again. I'm not vegan or a low-fat subscriber so that was not a major factor. To me, the flavor was just a bit flat. Good, but flat. It needed more spice, some more bite to it. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Gets the Job Done Review by LaurenKK
Tasted great (if you like curry), easy enough to prepare, and filled us up. Would consider taking on the next trip if I had a meal slot to fill, otherwise we're still looking for new things to try. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Gluten free and tasty Review by 7xrw
Good backpacking meal. Gluten free with brown rice (as opposed to many other options which are white rice). use slightly less water than recommended. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Great Meal Review by Marko Solo
I'm also surprised at how contrary the reviews for this meal have been. Personally, I love it! Being a recently converted vegetarian, I'm always looking for nutritious meals, especially those high in protein. This meal was filing and tasty in my opinion and a definite purchase for my next trip. I can't say the meal is particularly salty or overly spicy, as others have mentioned. I particularly like curry dishes for the taste, but also the health benefits from turmeric, which is the primary spice in curry. Google it! In fact, I add turmeric to many dishes I eat, including this one. I tend to make most of my freeze-dried meals in a medium pot from my cook kit versus in the bag. I put in less water than is called for most every freeze-dried meal, and then add more if needed. I then let the meal stand for longer than recommended. By taking the aforementioned steps; it generally makes for better reconstituting and easier mixing of the ingredients.
As far as high sodium content, that seems to be an unfortunate component of most freeze-dried meals from my experience. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
An Outback favorite Review by BoxerJockey
Whoa! I've never seen such a divergence of opinion. But then nothing is more subjective than what tastes good. For me, this a go-to meal when I'm out in the bush. I'm a vegan and a low fat dieter, both of which make it tough to find suitable freeze-dried fare. Katmandu Curry is tasty, nutritious and calorie dense. I eat the entire pouch which contains lentils, brown rice, carrots, peas, potatoes and spices. Those who called it unhealthy might benefit from reading up on nutrition in the 21st Century. As for the comments regarding too much fiber - I have a sensitive gut on top of everything else and Katmandu Curry passes through perfectly. If you like lentils and brown rice; and you like spicy, you will probably like this item. Thanks, Backpacker's Pantry. Give us some more fare like this! (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Enjoyed the meal Review by Arfer
People seem to be really divided on this meal. For my part, my son and I thought it was very tasty. The vegetables re-hydrated effectively and the spices were complimentary. We paired this meal with some lemon rice. What we didn't eat at supper, we saved for breakfast and reheated it with some eggs. Neither of us had any trouble with the meal's high fibre. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Spicy, Filling and Delicious Review by Mitch17
I love curry, so I thought I'd give this one a try and I'm glad I did. Perfect kick to it, and super filling. I love all of the vegetables - peas, carrots and potatoes that you can actually see and taste with every bite. And, all of the lentils are an awesome source of protein. I'm vegetarian, so this dish is definitely a regular go-to for me. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Yummy Review by Gonetoground
My daughter and I just went backpacking and had this for dinner. We both thought it was delicious and appreciated the high protein. No ill effects on us. I liked being able to prepare it in the package. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
D-lish! Review by Mountain Mike
Definitely one of the better freeze dried "dishes". I take this one every time I go on extended hikes or quick weekenders. Flavor, to me, is great and flavorful (for a freeze dried meal). I am not a big fan of salt and don't notice that it is oversalted like others report. I do like that it has a little kick of spice. Overall a great meal and one of the cheaper ones too. I will be buying this one again. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Great option for vegetarians Review by GottaGo
Just got done eating this last night after hiking 10mi on Hood. I think there are only about three dinner veggi options from Backpackers and this one, along with the Pad Thai, are really tasty. It's spicy and has good texture. I add more water to make it soupy, then use a bagel to soak up the juices and nudge me into the full zone. I like it. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Best vegetarian backpacking food Review by Hooha
This is definitely my favorite of the vegetarian freeze-dried food options. It is tasty and had good protein. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
A long day of miles rewarded Review by kapelmuur
This was a fine meal at the end of day with some long mileage in the Sierra's and I really felt like I was being rewarded for the effort. Just as the guy at REI stated, the Katmandu Curry "has a curry flavor" (thanks for the insight man!). But seriously, it's a touch on the spicy side but tasty and filling. I cooked it for myself and as it's two servings, could not even finish it. I've had far worse meals for [$] at home. The only complaint I have is that it does take a while to stew (20+ minutes and more at altitude) which is a long time when your stomach is growling. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Yum Review by NMOE
It is easy to cook, just add boiling water and let sit for 15 minutes while you do something else. I thought the flavor was good and that there was a good amount of spice. It was a little too salty, but I am fine with that. It will come with us on every trip we take for at least one meal as it is the best vegetarian meal we have found so far. (Posted on 5/13/2015)
One of the best vegetarian freeze-dried Review by topchem
This is one of the few Backpacker's Pantry meals I really enjoy and don't mind eating whenever, wherever. A good vegetarian option (and there aren't many).
The curry is tasty and generally easy to prepare. My general observation with Backpacker's Pantry meals is that the rice does not reconstitute well. The water has to be really boiling and I give it extra time to sit. If you're at altitude, this may be difficult to do (so I wouldn't recommend actually taking this to Katmandu, elevation 1400m). The rest of the ingredients are all right. The other important trick is to stir well after adding the water, as the spices tend to aggregate in clumps if you do not.
The other downside is the saltiness (58% USRDA/serving). It's OK if you've been sweating on a trail all day, but less desirable when you're using this for a quick lunch at work.
As with most freeze-dried meals, if you're an adult male who's been hiking all day, you'll easily finish off the two servings by yourself. I prefer splitting two meals with my partner for variety (with the second meal typically being a lower sodium choice). (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Good Stuff Review by Arik
Two of us shared this and thought it was quite good. It has almost no fat, which is actually somewhat of a downside if you are relying on these as your meals for the day to replenish your energy. And for the record, neither of us had the problem one reviewer described, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this! (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Pretty yummy! Review by Jenmur
For backpacking curry it really isn't that bad... sure, its not perfect, but its backpacking food. I've taken it on numerous backpacking adventures, and even just day trips with my little backpacking stove, and everyone who has tried it has loved it.... If its a cold day out and you've been on the trail a long time its great to have something with flavor and something warm... sure beats ramen! (Posted on 5/13/2015)
Wonderful Meal this Katmandu Curry! Review by KB
The Katmandu Curry is a consistent favorite on my overnight hiking trips in West Virginia and section hiking the AT.
The meal tastes great and the spice is nice as well.
Since I prefer to hike light the meals are the answer to keeping my pack weight to a minimum.
I am looking forward to trying the other vegetarian meals you have to offer.
(Posted on 5/10/2014)