“ Brand: Sharwood's / Type: Snacks „
With me and my mate who I am staying with at the moment both loving curries the way we do we love getting puppodums and things to try out as well to make it more of an occasion really. We have had a few ready to eat puppodums of late but when I saw these one's you fry yourself I was well wanting to try them thinking they'd be a bit fresher than pre bought one's and therefore more authentic!
Square orange box and on the front of it I'm told that they are 'Cook to eat' Sharwoods, 8 Puppodums, Plain, Ready To Fry 'Sundried in madras for an authentic flavour' and there is a nutritional at a glance chart shown too. Other information on the back of the box includes being told a bit about the product, an idea is given on how to create an Indian starter, I'm told how to fry them, ingredients and a full nutritional chart is stated, the weight of the product is given (which is 94g in this case), I'm also told that they are suitable for Vegetarians and contact details for Premier Foods (the manufacturer of the product) are stated. Inside the box 8 uncooked puppodums are inside in a sealed plastic packet.
Well when you get them they are large, round and a hard transparent sort of disc shape that has no fragrance to them and snaps if you snap it.... into shards!
You simply heat up some oil in a frying pan or wok until it's very hot indeed and fry one or two at a time. In 2-3 seconds they puff up and look golden and crunchy you quickly flip it over, heat it for another couple of seconds and then drain and serve them. You have to be fast cooking these or they do burn!
I found these incredibly hard to cook to be honest. The edges went inwards and instead of ending up with round puppodums most of mine just went into a crunchy looking blobs and different shapes. They tasted nice enough though and slightly of chickpeas, they were well seasoned and although meant to have a madras flavouring to them I or my friend couldn't taste it or even see spices that would make that up listed on the list of ingredients.
To us these were crunchy, tasty enough and not one bit greasy however I couldn't get them looking presentable at all and that was after using 2 packets of these! We like them on flavour but not on appearance and for that reason (and that reason alone) I wouldn't buy them again sadly!
Nutritional Information Per Puppodum:
Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.29 a box.