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Britain’s Best Bombay Mix

Bombay Mix is an snack, originally derived from the Indian subcontinent, made of (usually) gram flour noodles, lentils, and peanuts. It comes from a family of snacks that differ in their ingredients but the key thing is that bombay mix never has currants in it (unlike the unpleasant KCB Chin Chin Mix).

I like it, a lot, but there are many different makes these days, under a variety of names, so how do you know which are good?

That is what I hope to tell you… so onto the Bombay Mix, in order of eating – reviewed by myself and occasionally also my middle son.

At some point I should list these in preference order I suppose but that would spoil your fun reading through the list.

Spicy Balti MixName: Spicy Balti Mix
Maker: Cofresh, Leicester (www.cofresh.com)
Purchased From: Tesco, Loudwater
Look: Larger noodles, contains red-skin peanuts, obviously green peas and chick peas.

Opinion: Really quite spicy. Good crunch.

Mild Balti MixName: Mild Bombay Mix
Maker: Cofresh, Leicester (www.cofresh.com)
Purchased From: Tesco, Loudwater
Look: Larger noodles, contains red-skin peanuts, obviously green peas and chick peas.

Plate of Mild Bombay Mix

Opinion: Somewhat bland and lacking in heat. Good crunch and not unpleasant if you really don’t want to surprise or harm your guests!

Name: Bombay Mix Imperial Bombay Mix
Maker: Imperial, Wolverhampton
Purchased From: Asda, High Wycombe
Look: Traditional sized noodles, with split lentils and red-skin peanuts.

Plate of Imperial Bombay Mix

Opinion: Mild flavour with clear cinnamon taste and smell. Refreshing change from normal style but can be a bit overpowering after 4/5 mouthfuls.

Name: London Mix
Maker: Imperial, Wolverhampton
Purchased From: Asda, High Wycombe
Look: Traditional sized noodles,  with  split lentils, red-skin peanuts and chick peas.

Opinion: Pleasant enough but not very spicy. Tend to end up with a dry mouth quite quickly.

Name: Delhi Mix
Maker: Imperial, Wolverhampton
Purchased From: Asda, High Wycombe
Look: Traditional sized noodles, with split lentils, red-skin peanuts, chick peas, and green peas (that are coloured red)

Opinion: The extra green peas (that are red…) make this really quite hard work on the jaw and makes it even more mouth drying than the London Mix. Again like London Mix it is not very spicy.

KCB Bombay MixName: Bombay Mix
Maker: KCB, Bradford (www.kashmircrownbakeries.com)
Purchased From: Exotic Foods, High Wycombe
Look: Traditional sized noodles, with two kinds of split lentils and red-skin peanuts.

Plate of KCB Bombay Mix

Opinion: The King of Bombay Mix. The right amount of crunch and the right amount of spice.

Name: Bombay Mix
Maker: Krunchi, Walthamstow
Purchased From: Exotic Foods, High Wycombe
Look: Mixed size noodles,  split lentils and red-skin peanuts, all with a definite reddish tinge

Opinion: The large noodles tend to dry the mouth out and dull the taste, but the peanuts are very good and overall there is about the right level of heat.

Name: Karachi Crunch
Maker: Imperial, Wolverhampton
Purchased From: Asda, High Wycombe
Look: Traditional sized noodles,  split lentils and peanuts, with sunflower seeds and puffed rice.

Opinion: The dry roasted peanuts and sunflower seeds nicely dominate the taste of this pleasantly spiced snack. You don’t really notice the puffed rice and the lentils are barely present in the taste. A nice change from the usual mix.

Cofresh London MixName: London Mix
Maker: Cofresh, Leicester (www.cofresh.com)
Purchased From: Asda, High Wycombe
Look: Traditional sized noodles,  two kinds of split lentils and red-skin peanuts

Plate of Cofresh London Mix

Opinion: Almost as good as KCB Bombay Mix though slightly less peanuts and a shade less spice mean it can’t quite muster as many points.

Imperial Luxury Bombay MixName: Luxury Bombay Mix
Maker: Imperial, Wolverhampton
Purchased From:
Look: Traditional and larger sized noodles,  split lentils, red-skin peanuts, cashew nuts, and chickpeas.


Plate of Imperial Luxury Bombay Mix

Opinion: Disappointingly floury version of Imperial London Mix with added cashew nuts. Far too much noodle floor.

ASDA Snacking Bombay MixName: ASDA Snacking Bombay Mix
Maker: ASDA
Purchased From: ASDA
Look: Traditional and larger sized noodles,  split lentils, red-skin peanuts, and chickpeas.

Plate of ASDA Snacking Bombay Mix

Opinion: Looks better than it tastes. Lacking in heat and surprising dull taste. Not at all cheaper than buying the ‘asian’ packaged foods from the ‘World Foods’ section of the supermarket. This was in the crisps and snacks aisle so perhaps it is quantity that is meant to be the attraction.

Kerala Taste Spicy Mixture HotName: Kerala Taste Spicy Mixture Hot
Maker:
Purchased From:Best Foods, Surbiton
Look: Traditional sized noodles,  oddly shaped gram flour spindles, curry leaves,  ground nuts , large potato fritters.

Plate of Kerala Taste Spicy Mixture Hot

Opinion: Definitely hot, this was a flavoursome Sri Lankan take on Bombay Mix. (Maybe there was something political in not calling it Bombay Mix?)

Go Snacks! Bombay MixName: Go Snacks! Bombay Mix
Maker: Cofresh Snack Foods Ltd, Leicester (www.cofresh.co.uk)
Purchased From: Tesco
Look: Traditional sized noodles,  split green and yellow lentils, red-skin peanuts.

Plate of Go Snacks! Bombay Mix

Opinion: Although it looked a bit bland, this was actually quite tasty with a reasonable afterburn in the mouth. It was a bit short on peanuts as far as I was concerned.

Cofresh Bombay MixName: Cofresh Bombay Mix
Maker: Cofresh Snack Foods Ltd, Leicester
Purchased From:
Look: Traditional and larger sized noodles,  split lentils, red-skin peanuts, and chickpeas.

Plate of Cofresh Bombay Mix

Opinion: A reasonable combination but the larger noodles were a little drying. In this instance my son got to them before I did…

Haldiram's Bombay MixName: Haldiram’s Bombay Mix
Maker: Haldiram Manufacturing Co PVT Ltd, New Dehli (www.haldiram.com)
Purchased From: ASDA
Look: Traditional sized noodles with peanuts, peas, and an abundance of yellow split lentils.

Plate of Haldiram's Bombay Mix

Opinion: Slightly hot on the back of the throat with a distinctive and not altogether pleasant aftertaste, on the barbecued side, perhaps because of overheated asafoetida/mango powder?

Cofresh Chewra MixName: Chewra Mix (Delicious Bombay Mix Variety)
Maker: Cofresh Snack Foods Ltd, Leicester
Purchased From: ASDA, High Wycombe
Look:Traditional and larger sized noodles with peanuts, peas, plain and coloured chickpeas, split lentils, puffed rice.

Plate of Cofresh Chewra Mix

Opinion:A colourful and quite tasty mix, though tending towards drying the mouth, again because of those larger noodles.

Saki Bombay MixName: Saki Savoury Snacks Bombay Mix
Maker: Saki Snacks Ltd, Perivale, London
Purchased From:
Look:Traditional and larger sized noodles with lots of peanuts, peas, plain and coloured chickpeas, split lentils.
Bag Size: 140g
Price: £1.00 (July 2010)
Plate of Saki Bombay Mix

Opinion:Reasonable taste, though very mild. Nice peanuts. Perhaps tending towards staleness.

Kashmir MixName: Kashmir Mix
Maker: Cofresh Snack Foods Ltd, Leicester
Purchased From: ASDA, High Wycombe
Look:Larger sized noodles with peanuts, green split peas, chickpeas, and lentils.
Bag Size: 500g
Price: £? (September 2010)
Plate of Go Snack's Kashmir Mix

Opinion: Dull/bland, with a hint of heat at the edges.

Regal Classic Bombay MixName: Classic Bombay Mix
Maker: Regal Fine Foods, Bradford (www.rfplc.com)
Purchased From: Medina Stores, Newcastle
Look: Traditional sized noodles with the odd large one for good measure, redskin peanuts, lentils
Bag Size: 450g
Price: £1.29 (September 2010)
Plate of Regal Classic Bombay Mix

Opinion: An excellent taste and look. They have kept it simple and that has paid off.

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UK Snack Bombay MixName: Bombay Mix
Maker: UK Snack Ltd trading as A.Nageena, Leyton, London (www.nageena.net)
Purchased From: Newsagent, High Wycombe
Look: Traditional noodles with a few of the larger size, peanuts and cashew nuts, lentils and split peas, golden sultanas, coconut
Bag Size: 120g
Price: £0.59 – (2 for £1) (July 2010)
Plate of UK Snack Bombay Mix
Opinion: Everything looked normal as I poured it out onto the plate, and taste-wise it was fairly run off the mill with peaks of mild heat. The flavour was naggingly odd at times and then I realised it had sultanas…

Julian Graves Bombay MixName: Bombay Mix
Maker: NBTY Europe Ltd, Burton on Trent
Purchased From: Julian Graves, High Wycombe
Look:Traditional sized noodles, well coloured, peanuts, lentils, chick peas, raisins – though I could find no trace of them in the bag, thankfully.
Bag Size: 400g
Price: £0.99 (October 2010)

Plate of Julian Graves Bombay Mix

Opinion: Moderate heat and moderate taste. Attractive colour. A middle of the road snack and a good introduction to Bombay Mix.

Marks and Spencer Bombay MixName: Bombay Mix
Maker: Marks & Spencer
Purchased From: Marks & Spencer, High Wycombe
Look: Larger and traditional noodles, peanuts, cashews, pistachio nuts, toasted coconut flakes
Bag Size: 300g
Price: £2.05 (October 2010)

Plate of Marks and Spencer Bombay Mix
Opinion: An upmarket presentation of Bombay Mix but rather dull in the heat department, and over complicated in my opinion. The coconut and pistachio nut combination adds a sweetness that is rather like having sultanas. Good if you want to make a good impression to the upper classes but won’t win you any favours with an asian audience.

Khatta MeethaName: Khatta Meetha
Maker: Haldiram Manufacturing Co PVT Ltd, New Dehli (www.haldiram.com)
Purchased From: Medina Stores, Newcastle
Look: Very pale on the plate, traditional and thin noodles, puffed rice, green peas and peanuts.
Bag Size: 200g
Price: £1.39 (September 2010)

Plate of Khatta Meetha

Opinion: The pack proudly says ‘zero cholesterol’ but it is instead sickly sweet with 7% sugar content. Far too sweet for mass consumption, and not enough peanuts.

KCB Hot Bombay MixName: Hot Bombay Mix
Maker: KCB, Bradford (www.kashmircrownbakeries.com)
Purchased From: Medina Foods, Newcastle
Look: Darker traditional sized noodles, peanuts, mixed lentils.
Bag Size: 450g
Price: £1.29 (November 2010)
Plate of KCB Hot Bombay Mix

Opinion: Oh Lordy. A beautifully spicy, tasty mixture evocative of my 1970’s upbringing. Hot on the back of the throat without being acrid. Just what I expected from KCB.

Haldiram Kashmiri MixtureName: Kashmiri Mixture
Maker: Haldiram Manufacturing Co PVT Ltd, New Dehli (www.haldiram.com)
Purchased From: Medina Stores, Newcastle
Look: Darkish, traditional and micro noodles, cashew nuts, puffed rice, musk melon seeds
Bag Size: 200g
Price: £1.69 (September 2010)

Plate of Haldiram Kashmiri Mixture

Opinion: Another Zero Cholesterol bag with a (rather ineffective) ziplock which is good for keeping the contents fresh. Definite zing of heat and strong taste of cumin and mace. Unusual texture is interesting and this does make a nice change from traditional Bombay Mix. Recommended as something worth trying.

Ginni Traditional Savoury MixName: Traditional Savoury Mix – Bombay Mix
Maker: Ginni Enterprises, Middlesex
Purchased From: High Wycombe Grammar School
Look: Traditional sized noodles, sometimes aggregated. Peanuts, lentils.
Bag Size: 140g
Price: £0.60 (October 2010)
Plate of Ginni Traditional Savoury Mix

Opinion: Nothing special in terms of presentation or taste.

Yaadgaar Bombay MixName: Bombay Mix
Maker: Yaadgaar,
Purchased From: Medina Foods, Newcastle
Look: Small noodles, plenty of lentils, peanuts.
Bag Size: 380g (well actually tub size).
Price: £0.99 (November 2010)
Plate of Yaadgaar Bombay Mix

Opinion: Quite ordinary in texture and taste albeit with a distinct lemon aftertaste, though there is no mention of lemon as an ingredient or flavouring. Might be unpleasant eating in larger quantities.

Tesco Indian Style Bombay MixName: Indian Style Bombay Mix
Maker: Tesco
Purchased From: Tesco, Loudwater
Look: Contains sultanas… but otherwise a standard mix with larger size noodles.
Bag Size: 200g
Price: £1.10 (October 2010)
Plate of Tesco Indian Style Bombay Mix
Opinion: Slightly drying, though the sultanas do actually add to the flavour by giving a sweetness. Nothing special.

Sunrize Snacks Bombay MixName: Sunrize Snacks Bombay De Luxe
Maker: Wilton Wholefoods, Salisbury
Purchased From: Village Store, Bradfield (Berkshire)
Look: Larger noodles, marrowfat peas, chick peas, peanuts, lentils.
Bag Size: 125g
Price: £1.75 (January 2011)
Plate of Sunrize Snacks Bombay Mix
Opinion: Reasonably tasty, and the larger noodles don’t dry out your mouth. Expensive but edible.

Rajbhog Punjabi MixName: Rajbhog Punjabi Mix
Maker: Rajbhog Foods Ltd, Wembley (www.rajbhogfoods.co.uk)
Purchased From: Medina Foods, Newcastle
Look: Small noodles, peanuts, lentils, green peas, potato chipsticks.
Bag Size: 300g
Price: £0.99 (October 2011)

Plate of Rajbhog Punjabi Mix
Opinion: It says “Too Tasty To Put Down” but it isn’t. It is actually quite dull. The chipsticks are interesting but don’t make up for the lack of peanuts.

Regal Bombay MixName: Regal Bombay Mix
Maker: Regal Food Products Group Plc, Bradford
Purchased From: Medina Foods, Newcastle
Look: Larger noodles, peanuts, lentils, chick peas, green peas.
Bag Size: 450g
Price: £1.09 (October 2011)/£0.99 (April 2012)

Plate of Regal Bombay Mix
Opinion: Classic ingredients and a classic taste. Very good combination and got a definite thumbs up from my children. Last bag had slighty reddish tinge hinting at a dangerous level of chilli powder but that was not borne out in the taste. Whilst not as good as the Classic Bombay Mix from the same company, still very appealing.

Go Snacks! Bombay MixName: Go Snacks! Bombay Mix
Maker: Cofresh Snack Foods Ltd, Leicester (www.cofresh.co.uk)
Purchased From: Asda
Look: Traditional sized noodles, split green and yellow lentils, red-skin peanuts.
Bag Size: 400g
Price: £0.87 (January 2011)

Plate of Go Snacks! Bombay Mix

Opinion: A new pack design, now with more peanuts but a blander flavour, which is a shame. Seems to be quite lacking in any chilli spice punch which perhaps explains it’s relatively cheap (albeit special offer) price.

Best-in Spicy Bombay MixName: Best-in Spicy Bombay Mix
Maker: Bestway (Holdings) Ltd, London
Purchased From: ‘an asian food store’, High Wycombe
Look: Larger noodles, peanuts, lentils, split peas, raisins, cashew nuts
Bag Size: 450g
Price: £1.15 (February 2011)
Plate of Best-in Spicy Bombay Mix

Opinion: Oh dear, raisins

Awaiting Pictures:

Name: East End Bombay Mix
Maker: East End Foods plc
Purchased From: Medina Foods, Newcastle
Look: Larger noodles, chick peas, peanuts, lentils.
Bag Size: 400g
Price: £0.99 (October 2011)
Opinion: Nothing special, pleasant enough but tending to blandness. Excellent price makes this a good way to start children on the path to loving Bombay Mix.

Test results coming soon, when I have finished eating the other bags:

Name: Smart Price Bombay Mix
Maker: ASDA
Purchased From: ASDA, High Wycombe
Look: Larger noodles, split peas, chick peas, peanuts, cashew nuts, lentils.
Bag Size: 200g
Price: £0.59 (reduced from £0.69, November 2010)
Opinion: Looks cheap…