These Baked Bombay Bites were produced by Humdinger, in Hull, for the Sharwoods brand. They were clusters of spicy noodles, pulses, dried fruits and nuts. The suggested 25g portions from the 110g bag might see one portion come up a bit short, with each portion having 119 calories, and 5.8g fat. I guess there is such a high fat content because of the amount of nuts in the clusters and that they were cooked in vegetable oil. Containing only natural flavourings, with no artificial colours and preservatives, the cluster’s ingredients included; gram flour noodles, chicory fibre, peanuts, lentils, green split peas, raisins, cashew nuts, coconut, fennel, coriander, paprika, chilli, cumin, ginger, mustard, cardamom, pimento, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, rice flour, corn flour, onion, yeast extract, garlic, malt vinegar, guargum, and citric acid. Quite a daunting list of ingredients there, and with allergy advice on the back of the bag stating that the Bombay Bites contained peanuts, nuts, mustard, and that they were produced in a factory where sesame seeds were handled, I figured that if there was ever a time to find out that I was allergic to something, this would be it!
On opening the bag and pouring the clusters into a bowl, I noticed that several of the clusters had fallen apart into smaller bits in the bottom of the bag. The hardened baked clusters were not the most appetizing looking treats. They had a lovely curry spice to them, with a crunchy texture and they made my mouth water whilst eating them. Sharing them out with Cinabar during Sunday lunchtime, we ignored the suggested portion size; but I had the lion’s share, of course. We found these Baked Bombay Bites to be spicy, crunchy, very tasty and fun to eat and share. They are a perfect sharing snack in a bowl for something a bit more unusual in a party buffet, or before an Indian meal, whilst you wait for the first course.