“ Brand: Shikar „
I saw these in ASDA one day so decided to give them a try. The Shikar mini poppadums are described as mini lentil crisps and are available in an 120g tube (similar to a pringles tube) next to the curry sauces. They cost around £1.50 and I got a free mango chutney dip with the tube I bought. Packaging ------------ The tube tells me that Shikar has been established since 1985 and are makers of speciality gourmet snacks. There is a picture of an Indian lady with a poppadum on her head where there would normally be a red dot and I am told that my snacks are green chilli and garlic flavour. Looking at the back of the tube, I learn that these are suitable for a gluten free diet. The claim that they are low in calories and fat seems a bit dubious. I also learn that they are free from cholesterol, transfatty acids, GM ingredients, milk, eggs, artificial colours and MSG. The calorie information is clearly wrong as they claim to have only 0.40 calories per 30g, even 40 calories would be hard to believe as they have 14g of fat per 100g. The ingredients are: Urad Dal, Non-hydrogenated palm oilen oil, salt, crushed green chilli and garlic, sodium bicarbonate and salt. They are manufactured in Dubai. Appearance --------------- Small round popadums around an inch and a half in diameter. They are pale and bubbled. They have a few green and brown flecks which I assume are bits of chilli and garlic. Taste and Texture ----------------------- These give a nice snapping noise when broken in half and are nice and crunchy. They are slightly thicker than I would expect a poppadom to be. THey left a fairly bitter taste in my mouth. They were nice and spicy but the flavours of chilli and garlic were not really apparent, just a general hotness. Because the flavour is cooked into the snack, there is no coating on them. They left a bit of a bitter aftertaste as well as heat from the chillis on my tongue. Overall --------- Not as nice as plain popadoms but an acceptable snack. I might give them another try if I see them in another flavour. Would be a nice accompaniment to a curry. It's nice to see a snack on the market not crammed full of additives and colours.