“ Brand: Haldiram's / Type: Snacks „
The family were in the mood for a tasty crispy snack, "something different to what we normally have" was the command. When I spotted Haldiram's Bombay Mix as a two for one bargain in I popped them in my basket, 98pfor 2 at the time, but now back to 98p each, they are also at this price in Asda, this is for the 200g size, I am not sure if it is available in other sizes, I didn't see any in the supermarket. While looking for the nutritional information on line, as hubby had thoughtfully thrown away the pack before I'd finished writing this, I came across exactly the same pack and weight for sale on the Asian Cookshop for £1.85!
They come in an easy to open foiled packet with a light brown colouring at the top, and a picture of the product filling most of the lower portion. On opening for once the picture on the pack pretty much accurately represents the contents, and the familiar aromatic Bombay Mix scent is immediately obvious. There is a good mix of all the ingredients it is not 'light' on any particular thing.
The peanuts are fresh with a slightly moist snap to them, everything that should be crisp or crunchy is, I can't fault this mix, I have tried other brands and been disappointed by the lack of
textural definition between the peas, peanuts etc., but with this you can feel the difference in your mouth, and of course taste it. The only problem I had with this mix is although the packet says it is mild I found it a bit too hot for my particular tastes. I'm afraid I'm the one who always asks for chicken Korma, or the mildest dish on the menu when I have a curry. I love spices but I don't particularly like heat. Even other members of the family who are not so cowardly in their approach to hot spices were a little surprised at the punch. However this is just our personal taste. It is an excellent product, very fresh and tasty, if you like the hottest thing on the menu these will hardly register as hot, but if like me you prefer a mild barely there heat then eat these with caution and have a glass of milk on standby.
Below is the nutritional information, included mainly so that you can see just how high calorie this snack is. If your weight if fairly stable and you seem to be able to eat a little of what you like without any major porking up then obviously this won't matter. However if you are like me and only have to touch something high calorie for it to instantly (and permanently) weld itself to some part of your anatomy treat this with extreme caution. Half a bag is equivalent to a Big Mac. You could have if you wished a substantial meal instead of a pack of these. However this product is more of a thing that people share or just don't eat the whole bag themselves in one sitting. . . even though they are very moreish.
Nutrients per 100gper 10g (serving) Which is HALF a bag
Energy 560 Kcal
Bombay Mix is a calorific but delicious snack, something I had always sought out in Warsaw to give as gifts on birthdays and to eat as a snack - it's barely known in Poland and was nearly impossible to get and for a while I was relying on a friend bringing it over from India! These days it's more accessible but still quite pricey, I recently found a shop specialising in Indian food products that sold it at a price just slightly over the Briitsh price - apparently retailing at 98p in Asda, it costs me around 1.40 a bag, not too bad.
I'd like to say Haldiram's is my favourite brand and it's definitely very yummy but the lack of competitors give it a bit of a monopoly over here. If you're not familiar with Bombay Mix, it's "chiwda" an Indian snack containing peanuts, lentils, corn, chickpea flour noodles and a wide range of spices.
The delicious fresh flavour of this snack is kept in an air-tight foil package that looks like something Walker's would do, the bag comes in 200g and has 560cals in 100g, it's easy to wade through a whole bag and not only is it a bit dodgy for your figure but it's also likely to take a bit of your time up as you spend a fair amount of time in the khazi, the following day! Modesty is the key!
Although slightly spicy, it's milder than a lot of other similar snacks from the Indian sub-continent, fortunately Haldiram's have a huge range and I'm intending on trying out the majority of them!