Chaayos Gur Para Will Remind You Of The Rustic Tapri Snack (2023)
Chaayos Gur Para had us delighted across parameters. Be it the crunch or the flavors, even the ingredient list was impressive.
Para are fried, flour-based snacks loved across Indian states. Sweet and savory, each region lends its uniqueness with ingredients to the humble para.
Typically, it is a process of preparing the dough, adding salt/sugar and other flavouring agents, and frying finally. Or you rush to the nearest tapri. But for untimely or on-the-go cravings, we have packaged variants. Be it chai premixes or tea-time snacks, we’ve had commendable experiences with Chaayos often. In this Chaayos Gur Para review, we put another product under the Mishry Microscope and here is the verdict.
We liked or we LIKED?
Our Review Factors
Our Chaayos Gur Para review was based on fairly simple but logical parameters. These were taste, freshness, and texture. While this doesn’t claim to be a good-for-health product, a clean ingredient list would make this even better.
Since these are ‘gud’ para, balanced sweetness was the most crucial. In addition to this, flavors of aromatic spices were also checked. Overpowering or just right?
Para is fried. Which means oil or ghee would be used in a substantial amount. Was the source of fat used fresh or did it leave some rancid smell or aftertaste?
As mentioned above, para is a fried snack. We were looking for a crisp bite. Were the pare flaky? Had gur been added to the dough or were the fried snacks dipped in melted jaggery? What other observations did we make in terms of texture. Hard, soft or a bit of both?
3. Other Parameters
The price and packaging were taken into account. Additionally, we also checked the ingredients. Did Chayoos follow a standard preparation process or something new?
Chaayos Gur Para – Detailed Review
Price + Packaging
This comes packed in a resealable pouch and 150 grams is priced at Rs 119/-. It has a shelf life of four months. Although available for much cheaper at local tapris, this comes from a premium brand offering chai and its accompaniments.
Refined wheat flour, gur, sugar, edible vegetable fat, spices and condiments (fennel) are all the ingredients used.
Aroma + Appearance
These were uneven rectangular pieces that were an inch-sized. Golden-brown in color, the pare had inconsistent blobs of jaggery which only added to the authentic, tapri-like rustic feel. As for the aroma, fennel seeds were most prominent.
Taste + Texture
The texture was so good, we could easily wolf down the entire pack in a go. Light and flaky, the pare were prepared really well, right from dough-making to frying. As for the bite, they weren’t too hard or too soft. The jaggery had coated the pare really well. To better explain, these had a soft crunch, as we anticipated.
PS – since these fried snacks are dipped in jaggery syrup, the crunch is bound to turn softer.
The fennel seeds, added liberally, lent a unique texture of their own.
Coming to the taste, the sweetness was on point, zero complaints. Gur and fennel seeds were the most significant but the flavor of gur was stronger than that of fennel seeds.
One of our major concerns was rancid, stale smell or taste of oil. Luckily, there was nothing like that, the pare tasted fresh!
All aspects combined, these came quite close to tapri style gur pare.
- Superb texture
- Balanced sweetness
- Fresh flavors
- Thumbs up for the addition of fennel seeds
- Very authentic feel (taste, texture, appearance)
- Says gur para, but contains sugar too
Your rusk and cookies begging for a switch? Chaayos Gur Para is something we’d recommend.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on Chaayos Gur Para.
In essence, no, gud para isn’t something ‘good’ for health. This is because it is primarily carbohydrates and fats that would spike your sugar level.
Our suggestions to make this healthier would be to consume a moderate quantity, perhaps eliminate the sweetener in your beverage, and ensure your tea has some milk for protein that would prevent the spike.
Yes, this sweetened, fried snack pairs beautifully with tea and coffee.
No, the ingredient list is devoid of additives.
Chaayos Gur para is sweetened with jaggery and sugar.
One pouch holds 150 grams of the para. Approximately there would be 20-22 pieces.
Crunch, chomp, and dunk! Chaayos Gur Para elevated our simple chai effortlessly. The well-rounded sweetness, the crunch, the delicate flavor of fennel seeds, we were impressed.
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