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Asda Moroccan Style Houmous

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Brand: Asda / Type: Dip

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      05.05.2010 17:39
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      I have recently been trying to jazz up my diet and retrain from eating ham sandwiches day in day out. I wanted to do this without spending a fortune too, so I decided to raid my local Asda store for some lunchtime alternatives. I spotted this Moroccan Style Houmous in the chilled section of my local Asda store. The plastic pot had a purple cardboard sleave around it with a picture of an apricot and some sultanas. The packaging also clearly explains that the product is free from artificial colours and artificial flavours. I have always liked houmous (which is a Greek-style chick pea and sesame seed dip), but I must admit, I find that it becomes repetitive very quickly. So the addition of caramelised onions, dried apricots, sultanas and Morrocan spices within this product really appealed to me. I was also impressed that this product was only £1 for a 200g tub, because in other supermarkets you usually pay more than £1 for this type of product. When you open this product you will find that it has a great consistency - it isn't runny or too moist like similar products and it spreads well onto pitta breads. However you may find that it sticks o the spoon when you try and put it into a sweet potato! *************** Nutritional Information ******************** Per ¼ pot: Energy: 131 calories; Protein: 3.9g; Carbohydrates: 6.6g; (of which are sugars: 1.5g); Fat: 9.9g; (of which are saturates: 6.5g); Fibre: 2.7g; Sodium: 0.11g Equivalent as salt: 0.3g. Ingredients: cooked chickpeas (35%) [chickpeas, water]; whole cooked chickpeas (15%) [chickpeas, water]; rapeseed oil (12%); water; sesame seed paste (9.3%); caramelised onions (7.0%) [onion, muscovado sugar, rapeseed oil]; lemon juice (4.0%); dried apricots (2.0%); sultanas (2.0%); garlic purée (1.4%); chilli powder [chilli, cumin, salt, oregano, garlic]; cumin; salt; coriander. *************** Taste *************** When I first tasted this product I was very impressed - I thought that the sweet taste of the apricots and sultanas complimented the Morrocan spice perfectly. The houmous wasn't too hot but it was exceptionally tasty - the spice reminded me of a mild Indian curry taste. I enjoyed this accompanied with both pitta bread and a potato and it didn't seem to become repetitive - in fact I couldn't get enough of it! Although there is 9.9g of fat within this product, it isn't overly calorific and the taste ensures that the calories you eat are well spent! *************** Conclusion ************** I was very impressed by this product - it was delicious - and it certainly made a nice change from eating ordinary houmous (and ordinary ham!). I think that £1.00 is a great price for this item and I highly recommend it for those that like moderately spiced food. The only disadvantage to this product is that once you have opened it you have to keep refrigerated and eat it within two days. However I didn't find this too much of a problem because it was lovely to eat! I have to award this product five out of five stars for taste alone. It's truly delicious!

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