Aashirvaad Instant Mini Idli Sambar Review
A sambar that lacked tang and idlis with no fluffiness. Aashirvaad Instant Mini Idli Sambar was disappointing.
Idli and Sambar are a classic combination that no one wants to mess or experiment with. A bowl of piping hot tangy sambar and a couple of soft idlis are soul-soothing. So when we found out that there is an instant ready to eat idli sambar meal which gets ready in just 8 minutes, we couldn’t help but try this product out.
We reviewed the Aashirvaad Instant Mini Idli Sambar to gauge its taste and texture. Even though we did not expect homemade freshness, quality, or texture from this packaged meal, we did not expect the Aashirvaad Instant Mini Idli Sambar meal to be this low on flavor. Here’s why ready to eat idli by Aashirvaad did not fare well for us.
Aashirvaad Instant Mini Idli Sambar
The Aashirvaad Instant Mini Idli Sambar comes in a red-orange disposable container. There is a spoon inside that makes the packaging very travel friendly. A 75-gram pack is priced at Rs 75/-.
Aashirvaad Vermicelli 850g, cream color
For Idli: Water, Rice (30.6%) Urad Dal, Rice flakes (2.9%), Iodised Salt, and Raising agent.
For Sambar: Toor dal, sugar, rice, iodized salt, refined palm oil, besan, ghee, starch, dehydrated onion (2.5%), tamarind concentrate, spices and condiments, dehydrated potato (1.7%), curry leaves (1.6%), coriander leaves (1.6%), dehydrated carrot (1.4%), red chilli (0.9%), acidity regulator, mustard (0.5%), compounded asafoetida and stabilizer.
How to make it
These are the instructions given on the back of the pack of Aashirvaad Idli Sambar Meal-
- Remove contents from the cup and add boiling water till watermark.
- Empty the mini idli sambar pouches into the cup and mix well.
- Keep the lid closed for 8 minutes and mix well.
- Mini Idli Sambar is ready to eat.
We followed the instructions as per the pack. The instant meal was ready in 8 minutes. If you are using this to eat at home, we advise that you put it in a bowl that retains heat instead of the given container.
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Taste and texture
Let’s discuss idlis first. The idlis made from the Aashirvaad idli sambar meal are super hard upon opening the pack, and we expected them to soften and plump up when we added hot water. After heating the meal, even though the idlis soften up a bit, the texture was not up to the mark. In fact, the moment we took a bite the idlis just disintegrated. The taste and texture of these idlis were far from the rice idlis we usually eat.
Now coming to the sambar. The vegetables in the Aashirvaad idli sambar meal rehydrated very nicely. The crunch from carrots and onions was good, but the overall taste of the sambar was extremely average. Homemade, street-style and even restaurant quality sambar have one thing in common – the tang. The sambhar of the Aashirvaad instant Mini idli sambar meal was not appetizing and lacks that signature tanginess.
In a time where instant meals are getting better and are tasting closer to homemade flavors, we did expect a better product. For Rs 75, you can get a tastier plate of idli sambar from a street-side vendor in India. The Aashirvaad Instant Mini Idli Sambar failed to impress us.
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