Let me just start off by saying that Indian Cuisine is one of the most diverse cuisines you will ever come across. There is never a time that only one spice is used and each spice added to a dish contributes just enough flavor to not overpower the others – they all work together to give us the most flavor possible.
Indian Food isn’t for everyone but for those who love it – here are some readily available snacks you can try!
1. Haldiram’s Aloo Bhujia
This is one of my favorite snacks in the world! I would sprinkle this over salads or even certain Indian Dishes to give it an extra kick. (I have even tried rolling some of this up in Naan Bread and it was glorious!!!) It is literally what the packet says – “Spicy Potato Noodles” and I was 100% okay with not knowing exactly what was in it or what it’s made of. “Spicy Potato Noodles” was enough information for me!
However, since I wanted to do this blog post, I did what any responsible blogger would do and I googled it. This snack is made of Potatoes and 3 different kinds of flours – Gram Pulse Flour, Garden Peas Flour and Tepary Beans Flour plus many different spices for the flavor like salt, coriander powder, cumin, mango powder, ginger powder, red chili powder, mace powder, nutmeg powder, mint leaves powder and citric acid powder.
After finding that out, I probably won’t eat this for a good month but it is seriously the most flavorful snack out there! Besides the insane amount of sodium, the brand promises guilt free snacking. (Lol)
2. Parle G
All Indians love this biscuit (yes, ALL!) because it is tasty and affordable. Kids eat this with milk, adults eat it with their tea and some people even like to put it in water (I don’t know) because they claim that when it’s a little soggy, it tastes better (I wouldn’t try that, tbh). This company has been around since the 1930s and people claim that the quality has not even decreased one bit. I enjoy this more than Oreos (gasp!!!) because I love how crunchy and milky this biscuit is so I prefer to eat it on it’s own and I can probably finish 2-3 packs on my own.
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3. Thums Up
India’s version of Coca Cola – Thums Up is actually a product of The Coca Cola Company! It is a much sweeter cola that actually tastes like it has spices in it? It’s very confusing. It is an acquired taste, I guess. I can only have 2-3 sips of it before I’m done but I know a couple of people that love this stuff. The smell pretty much gives away how it tastes – sort of like a licorice with spices. It hasn’t caught on anywhere except in India probably because of how strong the flavor is. (I prefer the Lime soda that India has – Limca! Thums Up seems to be more popular though)
If you think the Flamin Hot Cheetos is spicy, get ready for this to set your ass on fire. Kurkure means “crunchy” in Hindi and I guess this is their version of Cheetos. This is made of rice, corn, chickpea flour, salt and spices. It is available in many different flavors like Masala Munch (which is the spiciest one), Naughty Tomatoes (lol), Puffcorn (Cheese), Monster Paws (what?), Monster Smilees (again, what?) and Solid Masti (hahaha, sorry but totally imagined saying that in an Indian accent lol). Gotta love what the Indians come up with! This is a product of Pepsi Co. India.
The best place to get these items in Manila would be Assad Mini Mart (the Indian grocery). You can get spices, rice, instant noodles (Maggi Curry Noodles is the bomb) and so many other things here too so if you ever need Indian groceries this would be the place to go!
Assad Mini Mart
Address: Mayor Gil Fernando Ave, Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines (the bigger, older branch)
Address: Unit 1-A, Eurocrest Building, 126 Jupiter Sreet, Bel-Air, Makati City
Telephone: +632 8972543