An Amy's Kitchen Obsession Continues with Indian Wraps
A three-minute Samosa? Sorta.
Photos by Christina Uticone
Within the last few months, a certain Houston Press food critic posted a photo of an Amy's Kitchen wrap to her Facebook page. This particular photo caught my eye because the wrap in question was not the usual burrito, but an "Indian wrap." As an Amy's devotee and lover of Indian food, I was immediately excited about the prospect of stuffing my freezer full of delicious, convenient Indian flavors. I tucked this information away, determined to grab these up at the first opportunity. And I have spent the weeks since searching high and low for these friggin' things.
H-E-B. Kroger. Fiesta. Spec's. Multiple locations of each grocery store, week after week, left me wanting for my coveted Amy's Kitchen Indian wraps. Until finally, last week, a trip to Kroger on Montrose rewarded me with not one but two Indian wrap options: Samosa or Spinach & Tofu. I'll take one of each please!
Teriyaki is the new Indian.
Only I grabbed one Samosa and one Teriyaki. Teriyaki is not my favorite, so I have no idea how long this will languish in my freezer before I consume it; it might fall on the floor for the dog to eat -- I don't know, I don't have a crystal ball. I have to admit I ran back to Kroger the next day to pick up the Spinach & Tofu -- that's how dedicated I am to thorough reporting for Fast Times.
The first thing I noticed about the wraps was the lower calorie counts: 250 for the Samosa, and 270 for the Spinach & Tofu. Most of Amy's wraps land at 300, so this is good news if you are looking to shave calories here and there.
I started with the Samosa wrap, filled with potatoes, tofu and peas; the filling is that shocking turmeric-yellow color that makes me feel cheerful. Like all Amy's wraps, the meal is substantial -- I felt full afterward, which is no small trick with a 250-calorie wrap. A little on the bland side, the filling is helped along by the sweet peas that lighten up the dense potato filling and spiciness.
There is something very "home style" about the filling that is truly satisfying.
The clear winner of the Amy's Kitchen Indian wrap battle is the Spinach & Tofu wrap, which somehow satisfies even more completely, and for 20 fewer calories. (It has ten grams of protein, compared to the Samosa's eight, which at least partially explains that.) There is something very cozy and satisfying about this wrap, where the tofu and spinach mix to make a palak paneer-esque filling.
In my opinion, these fillings might do better in Amy's pockets -- there is a certain dissonance between a whole-wheat wrap and the Indian food filling -- but there is far more to like than not. Good call, Shilcutt.
Neither wrap has overly strong Indian flavors, so they aren't going to scratch a serious itch for Indian food, but they are lovely, low-cal treats that are perfect for a quick snack.
Postscript: When Katharine posted about this wrap on Facebook, she mentioned not microwaving according to the wrapper instructions, and I have to concur. After the first minute, microwave at 15- to 30-second intervals until heated to prevent a blowout. Additionally, after microwaving the Spinach & Tofu wrap, I heated up the second half (after a workout) in the oven alongside some vegetables, and the wrap ended up very flaky -- a little like phyllo. I'm not advising a nuke/oven combo (that's a lot of work for a Fast Times wrap), but it bears mentioning.
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