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Top 10 Indian Snacks

The moment we start boiling water to make our evening Tea, our taste buds send signals to the brain, asking for crunchy snacks to go with it! Indeed, if we think about it, many of us probably spend more time preparing and purchasing snacks than in cooking the main meals. Life would be very boring without snacks. From evening tea time to rainy afternoons, from after-school treats to party snacks, there are snacks for every occasion – and for no occasion too! Some snacks are best made at home, fresh and hot, while some are ideally enjoyed on the streets in the company of friends. Here we take you on a jalopy ride, showing you some snack-packed sights along the way…

Evening snacks: When it comes to evening snacks, you are your own boss. Anything goes! If you feel like having something crunchy and spicy, go for pakodas and bhajiyas. If you want something more filling, go for a sumptuous sandwich. A Veg Frankie or Misal Pav will also do very well. A Kolhapuri delicacy, Misal with its spicy, hot gravy can even be had for breakfast. Frankie on the other hand is a favourite from Mumbai’s streets, and is loved by kids too. Succulent and spicy Paneer Tikki will make a wonderful after-school surprise, while a snack like the Gujarati Khatta Dhokla with Green chutney will be a more traditional choice. When you are in a rush, settle for a jar snack. You can also let your imagination run wild and experiment, because evening snacks are generally just enjoyed by you and your family, so you can afford to take some risks!

Rainy day Snacks: Some monsoon snacks are so delicious they make you wonder whether God made the rainy season for us to enjoy these chatpata delights! Samosa is one of the most famous monsoon treats. With its satiating veggie filling and chatpata flavour, the Samosa is both homely and exciting. It is one snack we never get bored of. Mouth-watering treats like Chatpate Aloo or Batata Vada served with Fried Green Chillies and Green chutney are equally interesting monsoon treats, ideally accompanied by a cup of steaming hot Cardamom Tea.

Regional Snack treats: Snacks are a showcase into the cultures of various regions, and it is quite exciting to sit in your own balcony and enjoy a delicious snack from the other end of the country. The moment you think of Vada pav, you think of Mumbai, while the very aroma of Dabeli reminds of Gujarat. Masala Vada and Filter Coffee from Tamil Nadu, Raw Banana Fritters and Black Tea from Kerala, Paneer Pakoda and Lassi from Punjab, Dabeli and Nimbu Pani from Gujarat, or Vada pav and Masala Chai from Mumbai… decide where you want to travel this afternoon!

Roadside Snacks: Some snacks are best had from roadside vendors. While taste accounts for half the joy, the experience of watching them prepare the dish is the other half of the equation! The flair with which a chaat vendor throws in the ingredients and mixes them in a big container with the cling-clang sound of the ladle is real fun to watch and listen too. It really kindles your appetite. But well, sometimes it is fun to make the same stuff at home too! Surprise your kids with their favourite Veg Frankie, or treat yourself to a plate of Dabeli or Vada pav. You will find that it is quite interesting to make these evergreen dishes at home too.

Healthy Snacks: When somebody is diagnosed with a heart problem, cholesterol, diabetes or some other health issue, they immediately get depressed thinking they cannot enjoy their favourite snacks. That is nothing but a misconception! If you have a health issue, you just need to give some thought to what you eat and how you prepare your food. You certainly do not have to give up on your favourite snacks. Just take some care to throw in a couple of healthy ingredients, remove some fatty and unhealthy stuff from the recipe, and adopt healthy cooking methods like steaming and baking. That’s all! You can put the fun back into your life, with yummy snacks like the Masaledar Mixed Sprouts Sandwich, which tastes awesome and is quite filling too.

Here is our pick of top ten snacks for the season! Go for your favourite. Just make sure that the day’s snack matches your mood! Also ensure that you make some Masala Chai, Coffee or Nimbu Pani before you start munching, as snacks are best enjoyed with a beverage.

 


Best 10 Indian Snack Recipes



Batata vada is another gujarati dish that has broken all geographical and cultural barriers to become world-famous! nothing but crisp potato fritters encased in a gram flour batter, these are enjoyed occasionally by all… while some even go a step ahead and make it a part of their weekly or even daily routine! For such people who want to keep relishing batata vadas frequently, try cooking it on a tava instead of deep-frying without compromising on the taste.
paneer pakora | Punjabi style paneer pakora | paneer pakoda | how to make paneer pakora | with 28 amazing images Paneer pakora is a simple and easy snack. It is moist and soft on inside and crisp outside, unlike other pakora’s. paneer pakoda is made with simple and basic ingredients that are easily available in every household. We have first coated paneer in a dry powder masala which has carom seeds, chilli powder, garam masala , coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder, dried mango powder, (amchur)turmeric powder (haldi) and chaat masala as paneer has a bland taste. We did the process to make the dish even more flavorful and tastier. Once the paneer is coated we have dipped the flavoured paneer into the Bengal gram batter which is made with besan (bengal gram flour), chilli powder, turmeric powder (haldi), asafoetida (hing), hot oil, chopped coriander (dhania) and a pinch of baking soda. Once spiced paneer is dipped in the batter it is deep fried until it turns golden brown. Looking for a quick and easy evening snack or something to eat with a piping hot cup of tea on a rainy day? Pakoras are an ideal choice. Pakora also known as pakoda, pakodi, bhaji, bhajiya is originated from India. It is a deep fried snack, basically a fritter. It is found in restaurants and also sold by food vendors on the streets. Also, It is a famous Indian street food, found all over. Pakora is made by choosing a main ingredient like onion, potato, spinach,eggplant, cauliflower, corn etc. which is then dipped in Bengal gram batter and deep fried. Here we have used paneer which is loved by everyone Punjabi style paneer pakora is my personal favourite out of all the pakora’s. I usually make Punjabi style paneer pakora for my father-in law and husband for evening snack, they are a big fan of paneer pakoda’s and they have it with a cup of tea, it is a perfect combo. I also make it when last minute guests walk in as it is simple, easy and quick but also very mouth-watering and delicious and we can bet your guests would love it!! When making it for my kids, I sometimes cut two pieces of paneer and apply green chutney between them, add little cheese, batter coat and fry. My kids love it. Serve Paneer pakora with green chutney and tomato ketchup. Enjoy paneer pakora | Punjabi style paneer pakora | paneer pakoda | how to make paneer pakora | detailed step by step photos and video given below.
Fresh paneer together with chopped coriander and green chillies, rolled in flour and shallow- fried to perfection – ah, no wonder the paneer tikki is such a popular snack! this version is made even more irresistible with a rich dry fruit stuffing that complements the soft paneer very well.
dabeli recipe | Mumbai roadside dabeli | kutchii dabeli | double roti | with 15 amazing images. Dabeli is a famous Mumbai roadside food and Gujarat street food. In fact, Dabeli originated from Kutch, Gujarat and hence also known as kutchii dabeli or double roti. Mumbai roadside dabeli is made with Indian bread also known as ladi pav which is stuffed with potato mixture which can be either sweet, mild or spicy depending on your preference. The term "Dabeli" in Gujarati stands for pressed which resembles to the potato mixture being stuffed in the pav and then the pav cooked on a tava. Dabeli is very famous snack in Gujarati households and is also tummy filling, the best part about this delicious snack is that it is really very easy and quick to make. To make dabeli, you need to make the potato mixture first. Combine the dabeli masala, sweet chutney and a little water (approx. 1 tbsp) in a bowl and mix well. In a non stick pan, heat the oil, add the prepared dabeli masala mixture, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring continuously. Add the mashed potatoes, salt and a little water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for another 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring continuously. Remove from the flame, transfer it to a plate and press well with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the coriander, coconut and pomegranate on top. Keep aside. Our mixture for dabeli is ready! To proceed, take a pav slit it into half. Apply 1 tsp of geeli lehsun ki chutney and 1/2 tbsp of sweet chutney evenly on the inner sides of the pav. Stuff with 2 tbsp of the stuffing and top with 1 tsp of onions, 1 tsp of masala peanuts and 1 tsp of sev. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more dabelis. Just before serving,cook each dabeli on a hot tava (griddle) for a minute using a little butter. Also do try our other popular Mumbai Street Foood recipes like Sev Puri, Masala Omelette Pav, Toasted Samosa Sandwich, Schezuan Chopsuey Dosa and many more. Enjoy dabeli recipe | Mumbai roadside dabeli | kutchii dabeli | double roti with detailed step by step photos and video below.
misal pav | maharashtrian misal pav | homemade misal pav | with 25 amazing photos. One of the most famous of Maharashtrian recipes, Misal is a scrumptious cocktail of savouries and sprouts! Wholesome and tasty sprouts are cooked with tangy tomatoes and pungent onions, not to forget the spice powders and the special coconut-onion based misal masala! All of this is further enhanced with chivda, potatoes and other appropriate ingredients to make a sumptuous accompaniment for laddi pav. The best part about Misal is that it suits breakfast, dinner and any other time you wish to have it. You can also try other interesting recipes to have with ladi pav like Vada Pav, Chat- Pata Pav, Cheesy Peri Peri Stuffed Pav, Masala Omelette Pav and many more. Enjoy how to make Misal Pav recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
veg Frankie recipe | Mumbai street food veg Frankie | veg Frankie step by step | with 30 amazing images. The Veg Frankie of Mumbai is now so famous that you can find Frankie stalls all over the country – in parks and beaches, on the street and in food courts. A satiating snack that can be relished even on-the-go, the veg frankie is made by rolling up a tongue-tickling potato mixture inside roti wraps. veg frankie is one of Mumbai’s most famous roadside foods and its a very appetising experience to watch the Frankie-wala deftly preparing one. The rotis are made beforehand, but cooked again with butter before making the veg frankie. It’s not just the masaledar potato mixture that makes the Frankie so tasty but also the crunch of onions and the tangy masala water that’s sprinkled on it. Every single ingredient – from the butter-cooked rotis to the tangy water, the crunchy onions and zesty Frankie masala – contributes to the flavour of the Mumbai style veg Frankie. I would like to suggest to some tips to make the perfect veg Frankie recipe. 1. Mash the potatoes well with a potato masher or with your hands before you put them in a non stick pan. 2. It is advisable to use lightly cooked rotis with golden brown spots. Overcooked rotis will taste awful. 3. Wrap a tissue paper or aluminium foil around the frankie to seal it and to be able to hold it. Follow this authentic veg frankie recipe to recreate the magic in your own kitchen. There are many more variants of this versatile and handy snack, including Jain, Schezwan and Cheesy versions. Try other famous roadside treats like the Vada Pav or Schezuan Chopsuey Dosa. Enjoy veg Frankie recipe | Mumbai street food veg Frankie | veg Frankie | with detailed step by step photos and video below.
Are you on a diet, and feeling forlorn about not being able to have buttery grilled potato sandwiches? Well, this Masaledar Mixed Sprouts Sandwich is so tasty you will never feel tempted to reach for such unhealthy sandwiches again. With fibre plus protein rich sprouts and loads of veggies sautéed with peppy pav bhaji masala, this whole wheat bread sandwich is a memorable culinary experience that is very healthful too, especially for diabetics and weight watchers.
The ‘khatta’ in the name is the dominant flavour of this dhokla, and this sourness is brought about by adding a little sour curds. Although dhoklas taste good at room temperature too, serve them hot with green chutney and tea for a classic and complete package! Also try other dhokla variants like Methi Moong Dal Dhokla , Rava and Vegetable Dhokla and Chola Dal Dhokla .
matar poha recipe | green pea poha | healthy matar poha | with 17 amazing images. matar poha recipe also called green pea poha is a popular Indian evening snack which can be made very quickly. To maharashtrian kanda poha, matar is added by Maharashtrain’s to make matar poha. Poha can be thought of as our desi breakfast cereal! All over India, it is a very popular breakfast choice. Cooked it different ways, poha is satiating and tasty. Here, we show you how to make the healthy matar poha. Every household has their own version of making poha. With a traditional tempering and everyday taste-makers like green chillies, lemon juice and coriander, the green pea poha has a homely yet snazzy taste. Batata Poha is a breakfast dish that's really easy to make and is commonly eaten in most houses. To make it healthier, I have substituted potatoes with green peas in this matar poha recipe making it healthier with fibre-rich green peas. Green peas poha is really quick and easy to make. The ingredients used in making it are easily available in every well maintained Indian household pantry. All you need is poha, green peas, onions and Indian spices to make green pea poha. To make matar poha recipe, take oil in a deep non stick pan and add mustard seeds. Tradionally mustard seeds are added in poha which give it a unique taste. Next, add asafoetida. Add onions and boiled green peas and cook it for a while. Further add turmeric which imparts a beautiful color to our poha. Also. To enhance the taste of green pea poha, add green chilli paste which can be adjusted according to your preference of spice. Also, add sugar and lemon juice. And lastly, some milk to give poha a soft texture. Mix well and our green pea poha are ready to be relished!! Vitamin C , present in the lemon juice, aids the absorption of iron from the poha, ensuring that you get the most of the nutrients in it. With the best of both worlds – taste and health – healthy green pea poha is worth giving a try! Green pea poha is so wholesome and tasty that you can make it any time of the day, as breakfast, supper or a simple evening tea snack. Enjoy matar poha recipe | green pea poha | healthy matar poha | with detailed step by step recipe photo and video

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idli recipe | idli batter recipe | South Indian style idli | soft idli | with 30 amazing images. Idli is a very popular South Indian breakfast which is also a favourite Mumbai Street Food. We show you how to make idli with detailed step by step recipe on how to make the perfect idli batter. Fluffy as cotton balls, white as the moon’ - every South Indian remembers those fond descriptions of Idli that mom used to convince them to eat breakfast when they were kids. Indeed, that is how the perfect Idli must be too. Grinding of batter and the preparation of Idli is an almost daily affair in South Indian homes. Being a safe, tasty and wholesome breakfast, it is preferred by people all over the world now. The procedure to make idli is long and needs hours of waiting due to fermentation. Yet idli's made at home are healthy and worth the wait. To make idli, combine the urad dal and fenugreek seeds and enough water in a deep bowl and mix well. Cover with a lid and keep aside to soak for 4 hours. Combine the par-boiled rice and thick beaten rice and enough water in a deep bowl and mix well. Cover with a lid and keep aside to soak for 4 hours. Wash and drain the urad dal and fenugreek seeds and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste using approx. 1 cup of water. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl and keep aside. Wash and drain the par-boiled rice and thick rice flakes and blend in a mixer to a slightly coarse paste using approx. 1½ cups of water. Add this mixture to the urad dal-fenugreek seeds mixture, add the salt and mix very well. Cover it with a lid and keep aside to ferment in a warm place for 12 hours. After fermentation, mix the idli batter well once again and pour spoonfuls of the batter into each of the greased idli moulds. Steam in a idli steamer for 10 to 12 minutes or till they are cooked. Once the idlis are cooked, cool them slightly. Dip a spoon in the water and using this spoon loosen the sides of idli and de-mould them. Keep aside. Serve idli recipe with homemade idli batter hot with sambar, coconut chutney and malgapodi. Choose good quality par-boiled rice (ask for idli rice, which is small and stout) and urad for making idlis, as the colour and softness of the end product depends on it. The amount of water to be added when grinding the urad changes according to the quality of the dal, so keep adding little by little till the idli batter is soft and fluffy, and do not make it watery. After making the required idlis store the remaining batter in the fridge. It remains good for almost a week, and can be used to make Sada Dosa, Uttapa and dainty Appe as well. Enjoy idli recipe | idli batter recipe | South Indian style idli | soft idli | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.

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Time For A Snack Attack
 on 02 Mar 17 11:04 PM
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Time For A Snack Attack
 on 20 Feb 17 05:57 PM
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All above Top Ten snacks collection recipe for the season are best made at home fresh and hot..
Tarla Dalal
21 Feb 17 01:19 PM
   Delighted to hear that Muskaan Happy Cooking!!!