A Big Thumbs Down For Tata Sampann’s Yumside Pasta Range (2022)
We do not recommend trying Tata Sampann Yumside Ready To Eat Pasta. Here’s why.
Instant meals, slowly but surely, have made their way into our pantry. Be it noodles, upmas, pasta or biryanis – these are a convenient and are meant for those lazy days when cooking feels like a task.
For today’s review, we picked up Tata Sampann’s newest heat and eat pasta from its Yumside range. We tested both the variants – Cheesy Pasta and Tomato Pasta.
In our review, we shed light on the price, packaging, convenience, and ingredients. We also closely gauge how flavorful these pasta are and their texture. Which flavor did we like better? Find out in our Tata Sampann Yumside Pasta Review.
Our Review Factors
What are we looking for in Tata Sampann Ready To Eat Pasta? We expect a fresh tasting, well-seasoned pasta that involves minimum prep-time in the kitchen. The texture of the pasta should be firm, not overcooked and mushy.
For reviewing Tata Sampann Ready To Pasta, we set the following factors:
The primary aspect gauged here is how fresh the pasta tastes. We individually assessed different components – taste of the sauce, flavor of herbs, cheesiness (in case of cheese pasta) and natural tanginess of the tomatoes (in terms of the tomato pasta). In addition, we also gauged the overall seasoning/ how well are these pasta seasoned?
Many times, ready to cook/ heat and eat pasta might showcase an undesirable texture which might be either too soft/overcooked or hard and undercooked. How was our experience with Tata Sampann Yumside Pasta?
Since these are heat and eat pastas, convenience is a main parameter.
What do the nutritional labels reveal? Are these completely devoid of nasty stuff? Does the ingredient list specify what the pasta is made of? In addition, does it include any preservatives or additives?
5. Other Parameters
Is this priced competitively?
How secure is the packaging? Any leakages found?
For how long are these heat and eat pasta ideal for consumption?
Your quest for the Tastiest Cheesy Pasta ends here.
Tata Sampann Yumside Pasta – Detailed Review
Method Of Preparation
As per the pack, there are two ways to heat up the pasta:
Hot Water Method
- Boll water in a large vessel and switch off the flame.
- Shake the pack well without peeling off the tray cover and immerse the tray in water for 3-5 minutes.
- Note: DO NOT boil the tray when the flame is on the stove.
- Remove the tray from hot water and peel the cover entirely.
- Mix well and enjoy!
- Shake the pack well and peel open the tray cover slightly. DO NOT peel the cover entirely.
- Heat the pack in a microwave for 60 seconds.
- Mix well and enjoy!
How We Heated
To review this pasta, we heated it up using the microwave method following the exact instructions as mentioned.
The following section covers details on each variant including the pros, cons, cooking process, taste and texture.
1. Cheesy Pasta
Price + Packaging
Tata Sampann Yumside Cheesy Pasta is priced at Rs. 119 (285 gm). It offers a shelf life of one year. This comes in an orange color box pack.
As we opened the box, we could spot fusilli pasta with lots of sliced black olives and corn. Visually, it looked appealing. The best part was that there was no oily layer on top.
The aroma of this pasta was quite cheesy and olive-like.
Water, Durum Wheat Semolina Fusilli Pasta (13.8%), Processed Cheese (13%) [Cheese, Water, Milk Solids, Emulsifiers (INS 331 (iii), INS 452(i)), INS 339 (iii)), lodized Salt, Acidity regulator (INS 270), Preservative (INS 235)], Sweet Corn (5.2%), Black Olives (1.7%), Onion, Starch, lodized Salt, Garlic (0.5%), Refined Sunflower Oil, Red Chilli Flakes (0.07%), Nature-Identical Flavouring Substance, and Thickener (INS 412).
The ingredients for the Sprinkler Seasoning include: Spices & Condiments (60%) [Mixed herbs & Condiments, Oregano (5%)], lodized Salt, and Anticaking Agent (INS 551).
Allergens: Contains Milk, Wheat.
Taste-wise, the freshness was missing here. The stale smell and taste of the cheese brought down the overall experience. Additionally, it has a dominant taste of olives which might not be preferred by everyone.
Although well-seasoned, this isn’t a tasty meal. It lacks the creaminess of a classic cheesy white sauce. You will definitely need a generous sprinkling of the seasoning to make it taste better.
The pasta is overcooked and lacks a firm bite. But when compared to tomato pasta, the texture of this pasta was slightly better.
- Quick to heat up.
- Overall it is well-seasoned.
- Appearance-wise, looks appetizing.
- The texture is marginally better than the tomato pasta.
- It does not taste fresh.
- The processed cheese has a stale smell and taste.
- It lacks the characteristic creaminess of a white sauce pasta.
- The dominant flavor of olives might not be loved by everyone.
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2. Tomato Pasta
Price + Packaging
The Tomato Pasta by Tata Yumside Sampann also comes in an orange color box. This variant is priced at Rs. 129 for a 285 gm pack. The shelf life is one year.
Inside the pack, this pasta includes tomato sauce, fusilli pasta, and we could also spot a few plump corn spread here and there. The tomato sauce looks quite oily.
The aroma of this pasta is similar to that of tined corn and tomato sauce. It also smells slightly herby.
The main ingredients include : Water, Durum Wheat Semolina Fusilli Pasta (13.8%), Tomato (10.8%), Sweet Corn (6.9%), Tomato Paste, Onion, Milk Cream (2.6%), Refined Sunflower Oil, Skimmed Milk Powder, lodized Salt, Butter, Refined Sugar, Refined Wheat Flour (Maida), Celery, Garlic, Basil Leaves (0.3%), Red Chilli Flakes, Yeast Extract Powder, Black Pepper, Acidity Regulator (INS 330), Thickener (INS 412), and Natural Chilli Extract.
The ingredients for the Sprinkler Seasoning are : Spices & Condiments (60%) [Mixed herbs & Condiments, Oregano (5%)], lodized Salt, and Anticaking Agent (INS 551).
Allergens – Contains Milk, Wheat.
An average-tasting pasta. The tomato sauce lends a delicious sweet and tangy taste. Considering this was a heat and eat pasta, it does not taste industrial. But it isn’t supremely fresh either. It misses out on the fresh, natural tang of tomatoes.
Compared to cheese pasta, the sauce tastes better in this one.
Coming to the texture, there is vast scope of improvement here. This pasta was too soft and squishy and lacked a firm bite.
When it comes to cooking any kind of pasta, it is crucial to pay a little extra attention. To get that ideal texture of pasta, it is always best to involve some form of fresh cooking. There are rare cases when any heat and eat turns out excellent in terms of the texture.
- Taste-wise, this is slightly better than the cheesy pasta.
- It does not taste industrial.
- The heating process is pretty hassle-free.
- It lacks a fresh taste.
- The texture is too soft. Lacks a firm bite.
- Overall, this pasta tastes pretty average.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on Tata Sampann Ready To Eat Pasta.
Yes. The Cheesy Pasta by Tata Sampann Yumside contains the following preservatives :
Preservative (INS 235): This preservative named Natamycin is primarily used in the dairy sector. It protects cheese and helps prevent the growth of fungal species, such as yeasts and molds.
This heat and eat pasta offer a shelf life of one year.
The Tomato Pasta variant contains the use of yeast extract powder.
Yes. There is a seasoning mix included with each variant of these pasta.
A single pack of 285 gm of this pasta is ideal for serving two people.
What’s Our Verdict?
This is an average product. Both the sauces and the texture of the pastas failed to impress us. Even when compared to other heat and eat meals, we can safely say that there are better alternatives to this. We have defiantly had better tasting instant pasta before.
What are your thoughts about heat and eat meals? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.