We Tried The Newly Launched Nestle A+ Masala Millets (2023)
Nestle A+ has launched two new flavors of millet-based meals: Tangy Tomato and Veggie Masala. Below is a detailed review of each.
Our reviews are research-based, and all trials and testings are conducted in-house over days and weeks. We have a strict no-free-sample policy to ensure our reviews are fair and impartial.
For those hectic mornings when time is of the essence, it’s understandable that we may opt for pre-packaged breakfast options. Many brands have introduced millet-based products in light of 2023 being the year of the millet.
Nestle India has taken the initiative to incorporate them into their product offerings. The masala millets are a quick and light meal option that contains millets flavored with everyday spices. Our Nestle A+ Masala Millet review encompasses our views on different parameters – taste, texture, nutritional quotient, and other aspects.
Despite being packaged, can this millet meal offer the same freshness as a homemade one? Read on to find out.
Table of Contents
Nestle A+ Masala Millet – Quick Glance
The following table highlights the two reviewed variants :
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Our Review Factors
What are we looking for? We’re on the hunt for a delicious bowl of millet that strikes a perfect balance of spices and texture. Nestle A+ Masala Millet offers high fiber, 30% fewer calories, and no added preservatives. We’ve evaluated the nutritional value of this product based on taste, texture, and nutri quotient. Details down below:
In terms of taste, we’re looking for a millet bowl that strikes a good balance of salt and spice while highlighting the fresh flavors of the veggies and millet. We also want to ensure that the actual taste aligns with the flavor tags.
For texture, we prefer a porridge-like consistency with a satisfying bite from the veggie bits.
3) Nutri Quotient
We also took into account the nutrition and ingredients, as Nestle A+ Masala Millets is marketed as high in fiber, lower in calories, and without added preservatives. We scrutinized the ingredient list for any added preservatives and evaluated the protein, fiber, fat, and calorie content per serving to corroborate these claims.
Lastly, we noted the shelf life, price, packaging, and other important details to provide additional supporting parameters.
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Nestle A+ Masala Millet – Detailed Review
In our experience, a 40-gram pack of either flavor of Nestle A+ Masala Millet is perfect for one person, whether it’s for a light breakfast or a quick snack in the evening. The ingredient list includes potato flakes as a binding agent, and according to the brand, these millets are high in fiber, contain 30% fewer calories, and are free from added preservatives. Although we did not find any added preservatives, but the other additives this has makes them unsuitable for regular consumption.
Overall, we found the Nestle A+ Masala Millet to be a quick and light meal that can be enjoyed at any time of day.
One cup of raw oats has a fiber content of around 8.1 gms. On the other hand, Nestle A+ masala millet contains 2.4 g of fiber which is fairly decent.
The cooking process, we followed is the same for both the flavors:
- We added 200 ml water to a pan, then mixed in the entire sachet.
- We cooked this mix for about 2 minutes on low to medium flame.
- The cooking process continued till the mixture started to thicken.
- Once done, we waited for a minute before consumption.
Now let us move to our detailed experience with the two flavors of Nestle A+ Masala Millet:
1. Veggie Masala
Price + Packaging
A 40 gm pack is priced at Rs. 30. This has a shelf life of 9 months. The outer pack has a combination of sea green and yellow color.
The main ingredients are : Pearled bajra flakes (42%), Pearled barley flakes (23%), Potato flakes (Potato, iodised salt, Margarine, Turmeric), Soyabean Oil, Dehydrated Vegetables (5.5%: carrot, peas, beans), and Iodised Salt.
In addition, it also has Potassium Chloride, Sugar, Mixed Spices (1.76%-Turmeric, Coriander seeds, cumin powder, Aniseed powder, cumin seeds, Black Pepper powder, Red Chilli powder, Aniseed whole, Black pepper seeds, Fenugreek, Ginger, Clove, Nutmeg, Cardamom) and Green chilli.
Further, Flavor enhancers ( 627, 631) Natural flavoring substances, and Acidity Regulators ( 330) are also used here.
What is the role of potassium chloride here? Why is it added?
Potassium chloride is a common and naturally occurring mineral. There are two primary reasons why it is used in food products – firstly, to enrich the foods with potassium and secondly as a substitute for salt. Further, it also helps reduce the sodium content in foods without compromising the salty flavor.
A single serve (40 gm) contains 120 Kcal of energy, 2.3 gm of protein, 20.9 g of carbohydrates, 1.6 gm of total sugars, 2.4 gm of fiber and 3.5 gm of total fat.
The overall calories in a single pack is decent too.
Why are millets good? Millets encompass a diverse range of cereals from foxtail millets to little millets. These are said to be a good source of essential nutrients.
Millets, unlike rice and wheat, are naturally gluten free and have a high protein content. In addition, as compared to other grains, they have a low glycemic index. Simply put, when consumed, it causes a slow and gradual rise in blood sugar levels. As a result, it helps to reduce blood sugar spikes.
Our Experience (Taste + Texture)
This variant was better than the tangy tomato flavor we tried. The characteristic warm flavor of Indian masala and pepper is evident here. It is quite strong!
The vegetables lend a lovely texture to the millet meal. The carrots and beans are properly cooked and have a bite to them. The peas, on the other hand, have a natural sweetness This flavor will appeal to those who enjoy Indian masala flavors. It’s familiar, fresh, and delicious!
- Well cooked millets.
- Vegetables are cooked perfectly.
- Lovely Indian masala flavor.
- True to its label.
- Quick cooking.
Looking for a millet-based evening snack? You can try Nestle A+ Masala Millet for its tasty flavors.
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2. Tangy Tomato
Price + Packaging
The tangy tomato flavor is also priced at Rs. 30 for a 40 gm variant. The shelf life is 9 months. The packaging is red and yellow in color.
Pearled bajra flakes (42%), pearled barley flakes (23%), Potato flakes (Potato, iodised salt, Margarine, Turmeric), Soybean Oil, Dehydrated Vegetables(5.5%- carrot, peas, beans), and Iodised Salt are the main ingredients used.
In addition, it is seasoned with Potassium Chloride, Sugar, Green chilli, Dehydrated tomato paste solids (0.5%), and Mixed spices (0.5% – Turmeric, Black pepper, Red chilli).
Also, flavor enhancers, Acidity Regulators ( 330), Spice extracted blend (Bell pepper, coriander, cumin), Nature identical flavoring substances and Rosemary extract have been used.
Per 40 gm serving, this contains 120 kcal of energy, 2.3 gm of protein, 21 gm of carbohydrates, 1.8 gm of total sugars, 2.4 gm of fiber and 3.5 gm of total fat.
Our Experience (Taste + Texture)
Overall, the taste of this dish was not very enjoyable. It had a reddish color similar to that of a tomato, but the taste of tomato was not pleasing. However, we did appreciate the great texture of the vegetables and the well-cooked millet. It’s possible that this flavor may not be appealing to a wide range of people.
- Millets are cooked well.
- Texture of the veggies is excellent.
- Easy to make.
- Contains additives.
- The flavor of tomato might not appeal to everyone.
Looking for a healthier alternative to Maggi or a deep-fried snack? You can try this delightful and quick millet-based meal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on Nestle A+ Masala Millet.
Henri Nestle is the founder of Nestle.
Yes. Both the above variants are a vegetarian product.
Nestle originated in Vevey, Switzerland in 1866.
These come with a shelf life of 9 months.
What’s Our Verdict?
Nestle A+ Masala Millet is a delicious meal and can be enjoyed as a light breakfast or a quick evening snack. Though these contain millets, the real question is are these any better than the ones made fresh at home? We say no. These are best if limited for occasional consumption owing to the many additives used here.
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