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 Time For A Snack Attack

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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.
While traveling across the Punjab one comes across the one of the most delicious yet simple snack. . . The pakoda. Pakodas can be made from nearly any vegetable be it spinach, onions, cauliflower, potatoes and even chilies by dipping them in a seasoned batter of besan and then deep-frying. Pakodas taste best when eaten piping hot. Paneer makes great pakodas that melt in your mouth. Chutney is the perfect accompaniment to this wonderful snack that is sure to leave you, your family and guests licking their fingertips. A perfect choice for a High Tea Party . Serve along with crunchies like Herbed Sticks , Jowar Til Nimki , Soya and Til Crispies or Baked Chaklis .
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, a spicy potato mixture combined with onions, garlic chutney, meetha chutney, spiced masala peanuts and fruits like pomegranates and grapes… how can the equation go wrong! serve plain or smeared with butter and grilled on a tava! since dabeli masala is easily available in provision stores, you can easily recreate the roadside experience
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.
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. It is one of Mumbai’s most famous roadside snacks 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 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 Veg Frankie. Follow this authentic 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.
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 .
Iron-rich poha is an all-time favourite breakfast recipe, especially in Maharashtra. In fact, poha can be had any time – packed in a box, a snack on the move, or a tea-time accompaniment. While you might be familiar with the common Batata Poha , Green Peas Poha is a healthier alternative, with fibre-rich green peas. 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 – Green Peas Poha is worth giving a try!

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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. 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 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.

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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!!!