Kurkure Naughty Tomatoes

Categories: Wacky Snacks
Edwin Goei
Name: Kurkure Naughty Tomatoes

Origin: India

Found at: Saral Indian Grocery, Tustin

Cost: $1.49


Rice Meal, Edible Vegetable Oil, Corn Meal, Gram Meal, Sugar, Salt, Tomato powder (1.4%), Spices & Condiments (Chilli powder, onion powder, Black pepper powder, Ginger powder, Clove powder, Cinnamon powder, Nutmeg powder, Citric acid, Beet Root Juice powder.

Why I Bought It:
Naughty tomatoes! With devil horns made of Cheetos and Angelina Jolie lips! These had to be the wackiest snack in a store shelf full of wacky snacks--all with more spices than your average American bowl of chili.

Edwin Goei

Also, one of the ingredients made me laugh. "Edible vegetable oil"? Well, that's a relief.

Kurkure also distinguishes itself for having actual recipes in the back of the package. And I'm not just talking dip. There are instructions to make a dish called "mast tamatar sev" that requires you to boil things and cut some tomatoes "in the shape of flowers". These make American Cheetos look even more lazy and boring.

Tasting Notes:
As I mentioned, these are the Indian equivalent to Flaming Hot Cheetos. The consistency and crunch is similar, as is the shape. The color, however, is a natural orange -- a hue that would more likely occur in nature not from FD&C #5. Note that there are no artificial coloring agents on the ingredients list. And for that matter, the flavoring agents seem to be all natural too.  This despite the fact that it says "Contains added flavour (natural & nature identical flavouring substances)". I think they mean "artificial flavor" with the last part. But maybe not.

Edwin Goei
It's a clean taste, with hints of gazpacho and a wallop from the complex union of spices. Unlike Flaming Hot Cheetos, I actually like these. Plus, the burn lasts considerably longer. I ate one about when I started writing this, which was about ten minutes ago, and my mouth still throbs.

Now excuse me while I cut this tomato into a flower shape.

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