“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Snacks „
A couple of days ago I mentioned that my curry eating experiences just aren't complete without some pappadums and a nice bit of naan bread. Having already reviewed the naan, it's on to the pappadums - and in this instance it's the Tesco plain variety which are available at £1 for the eight pack.
...hang on a second... is it 'pappadum' or 'poppadom'? > it seems like it depends on who you're talking to. Seeing as this particular variety says 'pappadum' on the packaging (even though it doesn't in dooyoo's heading), then that's what i'll go with.
So what makes a good 'pappadum'? Well, I like a nice crunch, a pleasant yet subtle flavour, and not too much grease - that isn't too much to ask for eh? In my experience of the Tesco variety, I have found that the quality is variable - sometimes perfect, and at other times not so good. My usual complaint is that they can often be a little undercooked, giving them a slight soggyness in the crunch, and having an all too heavy consistency.
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The pappadums contain; Lentil Flour, Vegetable Oil, Salt, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), and Rice Flour - it's a basic ingredient list, and there aren't any real nasties to be overly concerned with.
Appearance & Taste
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The pappadums are incredibly round... a bit too round in fact - I know that 'excessive roundness' must seem like an odd criticism, but it takes away any notion of homemade. The general size is good - not too big, and providing around four or five decent curry scoops. The flavour is pleasant, fairly subtle and nicely salted - it's quite a delicate flavour which complents a nice spicy curry very well. Unfortunately, like so many of the packs of these pappadums that I've bought in the past, my latest batch were again a little undercooked.
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All in all, Tesco Plain Pappadums are by no means bad - but they are far short of restaurant quality. It really is a case of lucky dip in terms of their crunchiness, and on a good day, they make for a pleasant meal accompaniment. However, instead of buying these, I would always recommend the type of pappadum which you fry yourself in oil for a few minutes, and although it's more of a hassle preparing them, at least you're in control of the outcome, and they taste much better.
Nutritional Info Per Pappadum (9g)
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Saturated Fat: 0.1g