6. Pattanjali – Atta Noodles

I promise I tried very hard to not be biased while reviewing Patanjali Atta Noodles but just the fact that this is the brain child of Baba Ramdev really puts me off. To consume this packet was a task because his face would not stop flashing in my head. Eh.

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 No sooner had people started boycotting Maggi in India because it failed a few lab tests for MSG and lead content (which was resolved within a few weeks thankfully), Baba Ramdev capitalized on his own version of atta instant noodles.

This pack comes with a green dot signaling it’s a purely vegetarian product. However, my research on the internet tells me otherwise. Apparently harmful flavor enhancers (E627 and E631) are used, which the company claims are extracted from tapioca, but generally they are derived from sardines and meat. Please check the authenticity yourself before consuming.

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Priced at Rupees 15/-, cheaper than its immediate competitor though.

Cooking instructions as on the packet-

  1. Pour 2 cups (250ml approx.) of water in a pan and bring to boil.
  2. Break the noodle cake into 4 pieces, add noodles and seasoning mix into the boiling water.
  3. Cook for 3 minutes in an open pan. Stir occasionally and serve hot.

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This had a funny smell to it which I am sure is not a cool thing. Also I tried to purchase a pack that wasn’t this damaged but this is the best I could manage at my local store.

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The quantity of the seasoning is more compared to other Indian instant noodles. You can also spot some dehydrated peas and carrots in there. And the seasoning has a very strong masala aroma.

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 So! The quality of the noodles is okay-ish and the veggies hydrated well, but personally I found the seasoning a tad too much for the given quantity of noodles. To me it looks like Patanjali is trying too hard to impress with some extra masala.

FYI, I couldn’t finish this bowl and gave up after 3 bites. And I hate wasting food.

Rating: 1/5

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