Haldiram’s Ready To Eat Spinach Pakora Review – Crisp & Flavorful (2022)
Haldiram’s brings deliciously crisp and fresh-tasting spinach and onion pakodas. Details below.
Frozen snacks come in quite handy especially when hunger strikes at odd hours. A party with friends, get-togethers with families, movie night at home, there are innumerable situations where frozen snacks are a welcome addition. After reviewing multiple frozen snacks in the past, we tested Haldiram’s Minute Khana Spinach Pakora to examine the taste, texture and convenience factor.
How did it perform? Does it deliver on the promise of easy cooking? Our Haldiram’s Minute Khana Spinach Pakora covers all the details that will help you make a better buying decision.
Haldiram’s Minute Khana Spinach Pakora – Quick Glance
Here’ s quick look at a few product details related to Haldiram’s Minute Khana Spinach Pakora:
|Haldiram’s Minute Khana Spinach Pakora||Product Details|
|Net Quantity||283 g|
|Shelf Life||18 months|
|Method Of Preparation||1. Deep-Fry
2. Oven Bake
|Calories (per 2 pieces)||142 kcal|
|Mishry Ratings (on 5)||4.67|
Our Review Factors
What are we looking for? We are looking for fresh-tasting pakoras with balanced seasoning that crisp up well.
Our review factors for Haldiram’s Spinach Pakora include –
Any ready-to-eat product is of no use if it’s not tasty. If convenience is all it’s got, then it’s a deal breaker. We expect a batch of fresh-tasting, well-seasoned pakoras with a generous amount of spinach and onions. It should not be doughy. How balanced is the flavor? How did our taste experience with Haldiram’s Spinach Pakora turn out?
Pakodas should be crisp on the outside and shouldn’t absorb too much oil. We checked for both these aspects.
3. Convenience/Cooking Process
Frozen snacks are preferred majorly for the convenience they offer, reduced time and effort. How convenient are these pakodas to make?
4. Other Observations
Here we examine what goes into the making of these pakoras. Does it contain any artificial flavors, preservatives, or additives? Is the percentage of spinach and onion used mentioned clearly?
How secure is the packaging? Was the carton box in good condition when we received it? Any broken pakoras?
Considering the quantity, quality and convenience – is it a value-for-money deal?
We also checked the shelf life here.
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Haldiram’s Spinach Pakora – Detailed Review
In this section, you will find all information, including the packaging, taste, texture, cooking process, pros, and cons of Haldiram’s Minute Khana Spinach Pakora.
Packaging, Price & Shelf Life
Haldiram’s Minute Khana Spinach Pakora has two-layer packaging. The outer layer is a carton pack.
Inside the carton pack, a blue poly pack holds the pakoras. None of them were broken, which was a plus point.
The price of a 283 gm pack is Rs. 140, and the shelf life is 18 months. Our review pack had 12 pieces of the pakora. As mentioned on the pack, a 283 gm pack is perfect for serving six people.
What did the ingredient list reveal? The following is the breakdown of the ingredient list:
Spinach 28%, Chickpea flour 26%, Onion 21%, Refined oil (cottonseed oil), and rice flour are the main ingredients here.
The seasoning ingredients include – coriander leaves, fresh garlic, green chili, salt, sugar, coriander, red chili, cumin, and turmeric.
It also has acidity regulator (citric acid E330), sodium bicarbonate (E500 ii), and asafetida among the other ingredients.
For a ready-to-eat product, the ingredient list is fairly clean.
Method Of Preparation:
According to the pack, there are two ways to prepare these spinach pakora – Deep-Fry and Oven bake. We used the deep frying method.
Here are the instructions for both:
- Heat oil to 176 degrees.
- Deep fry for about 1-2 minutes or until crisp and brown.
- Preheat the oven to 176 degrees.
- Spread spinach pakora evenly on a cookie sheet.
- Heat for 10-12 minutes or until the center of the pakora is hot.
Note: The heating time may vary depending on oven wattage and may need adjusting.
We followed the deep-fried method for cooking these spinach pakoras. The smaller pakoras were perfectly cooked in two minutes.
For the bigger pakoras, we advise you to lower the flame and allow them to cook for some extra time. This will ensure that the pakoras get cooked till the centre and there is no doughy centre.
During the cooking process, we observed that these pakoras soaked up some oil.
Taste & Texture
First things first, let’s talk about the taste. These pakoras are well seasoned with salt and have a mild spiciness that you get between bites if a fresh green chilli pops into your pakoda.
What we liked about these pakoras is that there is a good balance of proportion between the palak and pyaaz. It does not feel doughy at any point.
The flavor of palak is spot on, and the sweetness of the onion was noticeable too. None of the ingredients bring any overpowering taste. There is a nice balance maintained here.
These pakoras taste fresh and that’s why we couldn’t stop at one. No artificial or industrial taste was observed. Thumbs up!
These pakoras turned up pretty crisp upon deep-frying. The outer crust was crunchy which is a point of appreciation. The texture was similar as you would expect any homemade pakora to be. The different components, including the onion and coriander seeds, add a nice crunch between bites.
All in all, these spinach pakoras are remarkable in terms of taste and texture. If you wish to add a little punch of flavor, you can pair these with some homemade pudina chutney.
- These spinach pakoras are suitable for vegetarians.
- It is made from all natural ingredients and has no preservatives.
- No artificial colors have been used.
- These are pretty convenient to prepare.
- It has a very fresh taste.
- It does not feel doughy.
- Good balance of spinach and onions.
- We liked the crisp exterior.
Last minute party plans? Unannounced guests? Late-night cravings? If you are looking for a quick to prepare snack without any effort, then Haldiram’s Minute Khana Spinach Pakora is the right pick for you. You can serve these along with some bread-butter, ketchup, coriander chutney or pudina chutney. It makes for a perfect appetizer.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on Haldiram’s Spinach Pakora
Considering the convenience factor, and the overall taste, Haldiram’s is a great and easy-to-prepare party snack. But this has refined oil (cottonseed oil) and acidity regulator (citric acid E330), hence it is best to keep the consumption of this frozen snack within limits.
Yes definitely. This combination will be loved by people who prefer a savory fried snack with a cup of tea and coffee.
No. Haldiram’s Spinach Pakora has no preservatives.
No. This spinach pakora is free from artificial colors.
Yes. This spinach pakoda from Haldiram’s is a vegetarian food item.
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Be it the fresh taste, crispy texture and the convenience factor, Haldiram’s Minute Khana Spinach Pakora is a complete winner. It requires minimal cooking and gets ready in minutes. These are hands down an excellent party appetizer. Though nothing can beat the taste of hot and fresh homemade bhajiya, looking at the convenience that Haldiram’s provides, we recommend giving these a try.
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