Haldiram’s Medu Vada Instant Mix Review
Haldiram’s Minute Khana – Medu Vada Instant Mix was fried and tasted by us in our review lab. The vadas turned out crisp and golden on the outside. Did the interior texture of the vada win us over? Let’s find out.
Beautifully round, crisp vadas dipped in copious amounts of coconut chutney are paradise. If you love eating South Indian staples like idlis and vadas but don’t know how to make them from scratch, instant mixes are here to your rescue. There are so many brands in India that sell idli and vada instant mixes, that choosing which one to buy is a battle in itself. We tried Haldiram’s Minute Khana – Medu Vada and here is our quick review. Let’s find out if it turned out to be a good purchase.
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What you need to know about Haldiram’s Minute Khana – Medu Vada
*As per the information given on the pack
- No added colors or flavors.
- There are no preservatives added.
- Allergen information – Contains wheat.
- One pack of Haldiram’s Medu Vada instant mix makes 30-35 vadas.
Haldiram’s Minute Khana – Medu Vada
Haldiram’s Minute Khana – Medu Vada instant mix produced crisp but dense vadas.
MRP – Rs 130/- for a 500-gram pack
*Price at the time of review
#FirstImpression of Haldiram’s Minute Khana – Medu Vada Instant Mix
Haldiram’s Minute Khana – Medu Vada has an appealing bright pink packaging. The pack is reasonably priced at Rs 130/- and specifies that one 500 gram pack can make 30-35 medu vadas.
On the back of the pack, a clear set of instructions on how to make these vadas has been given. These instructions are easy to understand even if you are making vadas for the first time. No technical words were used that could confuse a newbie. We prepared the batter and cooked the vadas according to the instructions given.
The ingredients – When you open the pack, you can actually see some of the ingredients like green chilies and jeera. Usually, these vadas are made with urad dal (base) and rice flour (for crispiness). These vadas are made with refined flour (maida) and use palm oil too, which would explain the texture related issues.
The texture – Haldiram’s Medu Vada had a crisp exterior but we were disappointed by the dry texture on the inside. The vadas were so dense that we could actually taste the flour. When you are waiting for a medu vada, you expect a light, airy and fluffy texture and not a dense heap. Sadly, the texture did not work for us.
The taste – When you bite into these vadas, you get a hint of ginger in the beginning and a black pepper kick at the end. The flavor of cumin (jeera) is dominant. We felt the taste was average.
Takeaway – We feel that these vadas could have been lighter and wish they had some fluffiness to them. The whole experience of eating a medu vada was definitely missing.
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