We all love eating different dishes and each of them has different flavour profiles that dominate. But we still crave for some specific flavours that makes us add items like Pickles, Chutney Powder, Chilli Powder & more. These additions enhance the overall taste and makes us feel happy after consuming every bite. Many times, these additional chutneys requires the right mix of spices which can be made by seasoned chat-wala’s (at fast food joints). What if we were to get a brand to make these chutney(s) and package in a way that it will available handily. Well, this is exactly what Bandar Foods have done after an extensive research. The brand makes nearly 5 varieties of chutneys that help in making the dish slightly sweet, tangy, salty, bitter or spicy.
Bandar Foods recently setup stall during the Fast Food & Café Convention hosted by NDTV Food that was held on 10-May’18 in Bangalore. I got an opportunity to taste their products and also interact with Mr.Priyanshu Tyagi, Brand Manager, Bandar Foods. It was great interacting and getting to try these amazing chutneys.
Product & Flavour
When it comes to Indian Chutneys, we don’t have a brand making and packaging to make it available to common people. Especially for Indians living abroad, it become a lot harder to get these flavours. When it comes to some of the western flavours (American), we do have multiple brands producing them and selling in bulk. Some of the commonly known sauces made in America are Pesto, Mayonnaise, BBQ, Mustard, Chipotle, Garlic Pepper, Tabasco or Jalapeno based.
Bandar Foods have spent plenty of time experimenting and come out with 5 different flavour which are most commonly desired by Indians. Individually every chutney has been named and the main ingredient has been used in the names like Mint Cilantro – Chilli Sauce, Tangy Tamarind – Dipping Sauce, Chilli Garlic – Hot Sauce, Spicy Mango – Chilli Sauce and Sweet Mango – Dipping Sauce. Outside of every bottle, they have the words written as “Indian Flavors American Taste“.
The highlights of the products are that they are Vegan, Gluten Freeand contains Nothing Artificial. Every product has been certified by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
Every product has something unique that makes them special. I will share info about the product, flavour profile and food-paring.
Mint Cilantro – Chilly Sauce
The main ingredients of this chutney include Mint Leaves, Coriander Leaves, Lime Juice, Green Chilli, Split Bengal Gram & Corn Starch. It has been categorized as ‘Herbs & Spices’.
Flavour Profile – Zesty, Herbaceous and Spicy.
Food Pairing – Use as condiment Tacos, Sandwiches and Naan.
Tangy Tamarind – Dipping Sauce
The main ingredients of this chutney include Cane Sugar, Tamarind, Cumin, Dried Ginger & Red Chilli. It has been categorized as ‘The Indian BBQ Sauce’.
Flavour Profile – Sweet, Fruity, and Crave-able.
Food Pairing – Use as a BBQ sauce or with grilled cheese, samosas, and fries.
Chilli Garlic – Hot Sauce
The main ingredients of this chutney include Dried Chillies, Cane Sugar, Garlic, Vinegar & Corn starch. It has been categorized under ‘The Indian Sriracha’.
Flavour Profile – Spicy, Aromatic and Smooth.
Food Pairing – Use as a hot sauce on burritos, eggs, chilli and grilled meats.
Spicy Mango – Chilli Sauce
The main ingredients of this chutney include Mango, Green Chilli, Mixed Spices (Chilli Powder, Yellow Mustard, Fenugreek, Asafoetida), Sunflower Oil and Cilantro Leaves. It has been categorized as ‘The Original Bandar Chilli Sauce’.
Flavour Profile – Savoury, Tangy & Spicy.
Food Pairing – Use as a condiment on samosas, wings, eggs and bloody marry.
Sweet Mango – Dipping Sauce
The main ingredients of this chutney include Cane Sugar, Mango, Citric Acid and Chilli Powder. It has been categorized as ‘World’s Most Popular Chutney Style’.
Flavour Profile – Sweet, Fruity and Vibrant.
Food Pairing – Use as a dipping sauce with cheese, sandwiches, lamb and duck.
Though the brands have mentioned specific food-pairing, I personally think its upto individually. Some of the food items I have tried along with the chutney include – Upma, Dosa, Idlis, Parathas, Chapatis, Paddu, Toast Breads and more.
About Bandar Foods
Bandar Foods was started by two food lovers Dan and Lalith in Mumbai, way back in 2013. These unlike friends had one common interest for food that brought them close. From the early growing years, they both loved Mom’s recipes and eating spicy food. They realized over a period that there are limited options in supermarket for Indian Chutneys.
Lalith and Dan realized the potential for Indian Chutney’s in the market and play around with the recipes. They curated these chutneys after taking plenty of inputs from family & friends. The brand launched its first squeezable plastic bottle in 2013. Little did they realize that people in our country have been waiting for something like this since long time. They built the brand awareness by being part of various roadshows and tradeshows. They are now become one of the established brands in internationally and are available in our country as well.
Some of the leading newspaper, the brand has received reference include – The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post & San Francisco Chronicle. They are available in many of the retails stores like – Whole Foods, Sprouts – Farmers Market, Safeway, Albertsons, Giant Eagle, World Market, Cinemark & OTG.