Do you know which is the most diverse section of Indian cuisine?It’s none other than snacks and appetizers that range from street foods and sweets to homemade munchies to accompany tea and coffee. Each and every Indian state has its very own snacks influenced by its local cuisine.
Although, snacks an appetizers are mainly served as starters in parties and gatherings before the initiation of the main meal, but in Gujarati and Andhra cuisine, snacks are served along with a main meal as well.
In this article, we bring to you a collection of 20 delicious and easy Indian snack recipes from different regions across India.
Hot, crispy and spicy Samosa is by far the most popular Indian snack recipe available all over India. Samosa is frequently served with a piping hot cup of tea. Crispy flour pastry stuffed with spiced potato and peas filling are the ultimate food to brighten up a dull evening.
Although, a deep fired dish, you can soak up the excess oil from the Samosa by placing them over paper towel after frying. The wholesome and healthy potato and green peas filling add some much needed carbohydrate, fiber and nutrients to the dish.
Pakora are a favorite snack of Indians. They can be prepared in no time. Being a versatile dish it can be made with various ingredients – just potatoes, mixed vegetables, eggs, paneer, chicken, fish, the options are endless. The mixed vegetables combined with gram flour and spices and deep fired in oil makes them sinfully delicious.
This is yet another deep fired snack but the combination of so many healthy and wholesome vegetables more than makes up for the deep frying. The vegetables used in the pakora make it a filling snack and supplies dietary fibers, vitamins and antioxidants to the body.
Dahi Papdi chat is a popular Indian street food that consists of refreshing combination of crispy papdis, boiled potatoes and crunchy onions topped with rich curd, tangy chutney and sev. The appetizing flavors and tangy taste of the chat bursts in your mouth as you chew through the crunchiness of the papdis.
Dahi Papdi Chat is a healthy and tasty snack that does not call for any deep frying. It also makes minimal use of spices – the taste and flavors come from the curd, chutney and herbs. It makes the perfect light snack for summer evenings.
When made the right way, Pav Bhaji is one of the healthiest of Indian street foods that includes a lot of healthy veggies and does not require any deep frying. The spicy and savory Bhaji is made with mashed and spiced vegetables that go with the soft and fluffy Pav that are buttered and toasted.
This is a mellow spicy, no-frying recipe that contains a plethora of healthy vegetables such as cauliflowers, potato, bell pepper and green peas – all of which supply considerable amounts of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and proteins to the dish.
Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla is a famous North Indian Snack that consists of deep fried lentil dumplings soaked in water and served with yogurt and chutney. The appetizing sweet and tangy taste of the Dahi Vada with its mellow spiciness makes it suitable for the entire family, including the kids.
This is a healthy and wholesome Indian snack that contains wholesome lentils and curd. While the fibers in lentils reduce cholesterol, improve heart health and stabilize blood sugar, the probiotics present in curd improve digestion and boost immunity.
Mysore Bonda is a popular South Indian snack that originated in Mysore, Karnataka, but it is hugely popular in Andhra Pradesh, where it is known as Mysore Bajji. These soft and fluffy dumplings made from rice flour and all-purpose flour taste amazing with coconut chutney.
The best thing about this snack recipe is that it requires a few basic ingredients and takes very less time prepare. Being a non-spicy recipe, it will be loved by kids as well. You can soak up the excess oil from frying by placing the dumplings on a layer of paper towels.
Mirchi Bajji is a tasty and popular Indian street food that is often served with a cup of hot coffee. These deep fried fritters are made by dipping long green banana chilies in a besan batter and frying them in oil. You can also make it with other vegetables such as potatoes and plantains.
Despite the deep frying, the banana chilies are a antioxidant rich food that provide protection against free radical damage. Capsaicin found in these chilies promotes weight loss through the process of thermogenesis.
Bhel puri is a widely popular Indian street food made from a combination of puffed rice, sev, onions, tomatoes, boiled potato and sweet-tangy chutney. It takes less than 15 minutes to assemble and requires absolutely no cooking. You can always experiment with the recipe and add or omit ingredients as per your taste buds.
This is a light, healthy and low-calorie snack made from puffed rice, raw veggies and spices that can be enjoyed by health conscious people without a pinch of guilt. This recipe does not make use of oil and spices which makes it easy to digest.
Masala Vadai or Masala Vada is a delicious South Indian snack originating in Tamil Nadu. It is prepared by creating a batter of Channa dal (Bengal Gram) and spices and deep frying the dumplings in oil. It is served as a snack with a cup of tea or a side dish for Sambar Sadam.
The combination of lentils used in this recipe is a great source of protein. The presence of fiber and complex carbs in lentils make it a source of slow-burning energy. The fibers also improve digestive health and help to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.
Thattai is a traditional South Indian recipe that requires only a few humble ingredients, but the results are extra-ordinary. It is a light and simple munch that you can enjoy any time of the day – paired with some hot tea or coffee or as a side dish with a meal consisting or rice, dal and curries.
The Thattai batter makes use of rice flour and gram flour instead of all purpose flour or Maida which enhances its health quotient. You can soak out the excess oil from the Thattai by placing them on tissue paper after deep frying.
Bread Pakora is a crispy and delicious bread based Indian snack that is popular all over India and widely available as a street-side food. The bread stuffed with spicy potato filling, coated with gram flour batter and deep fired in oil creates the perfect snack to compliment the afternoon tea. It taste amazing with tomato sauce or mint chutney.
This is a deep fried snack and it is best to enjoy it occasionally. But the use of brown bread or multi grain bread gives it a healthy touch. The carb rich potato filling makes it wholesome and filling.
Butter Murukku or chakli is a simple and easy recipe that requires minimal ingredients but the crunchy snacks are super delicious and appetizing. You can prepare it as a snack for special festive occasions or just serve it with tea or coffee on a daily basis.
Although, it is a deep fried snack, but the use of gram flour and rice flour helps to keep it light and healthy. Gram flour is a great source of protein and dietary fiber which makes it a wholesome and filling snack. The excess oil from the Murukku can be soaked by laying them of tissue paper right after frying.
Crispy and flavorful Corn Cutlets are the ultimate comfort food that pairs perfectly with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Corn cutlets also make smart appetizers for parties and gatherings. Being non-spicy and yummy, it is an instant hit with the kids. You can prepare the corn and potato mixture beforehand and store it in the fridge till its fried.
This recipe does not require any deep frying. You can either shallow fry the cutlets or use an air frier to make it even healthier. The mixture of corn and potatoes supplies some healthy carbs and dietary fiber to the dish and makes them more filling.
Aloo tikki is an extremely popular Indian street food that is included in Chaat and eaten alone with chutney and ketchup. But the Stuffed Aloo Tikki takes it one step further with its crispy outer coating and spicy Chana dal mixture filling that makes it simply mind-blowing.
This is yet another healthy and filling snack recipe that does not require any deep frying. The carb-rich potato coating and fiber and protein-packed lentils filling make it a healthy snack that can be enjoyed without any guilt.
Khasta Kachori is an extremely popular snack widely available all over North India. Kachori is a crispy patties stuffed with savory and spicy lentil filling. It makes the perfect accompaniment for afternoon tea. Just dip it in spicy green chutney or sweet tamarind chutney and have a bite to let the flavors burst into your mouth.
Although, it is a deep-fired recipe, but the wholesome and nutritious moong dal filling enhances its health quotient. Moong beans are potent source of protein and fiber along with B-vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, coffer and zinc.
Ghugni or dried yellow peas curry is an extremely popular Bengali street food that can be enjoyed as a quick snack or as a meal with luchi (deep-fried flatbread made of all purpose flour) or toasted bread. You can add generous amount of tamarind water and chopped onions and green chilies from the top to make it all the more appetizing.
Ghugni or yellow peas curry can be considered the healthiest of snacks because the peas used in this recipe are loaded with protein and carbohydrates that helps to increase satiety, provide energy and promote lean muscle mass.
Handvo is a famous Gujarati recipe that can be enjoyed as a complete meal or a snack. Handvo is a soft and fluffy savory cake made from a combination of lentil flour and rice flour. A variety of fresh vegetables are also added to the batter in order to make it filling and wholesome dish.
It is an exceptionally healthy and wholesome recipe that does not require any frying and sautéing. The entire cooking is done through steaming. The combination of fresh vegetables used in the recipe supply some vital nutrients to it.
Bread Paneer Roll is a quick and healthy snack recipe that is easy to make and tastes scrumptious. Being a non-spicy and non-oily recipe it can be served to kids as well as elderly members of the family. Just serve it with some tomato ketchup and please your hungry tummy.
The paneer filling used in this recipe supplies a generous amount of protein, calcium and healthy fat. You can increase the health quotient of the snacks even further by using whole wheat of multigrain bread instead of white bread.
Hara Bhara Kabab or Vegetable Cutlet is a healthy and wholesome Indian snack recipe that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes and enjoyed by the entire family. The cutlets or kababs can be served with tea or some tomato ketchup as an afternoon snack. The use of fresh leafy greens and peas makes it extremely nutritious.
The best thing about the Hara Bhara Kabab is that it does not require deep frying. Shallow frying is enough to turn then crispy. The combination of spinach, green peas and potatoes helps to supply some healthy carbs, antioxidants, protein and fiber to the dish.
Aloo Bonda or Batata Vada is a popular Mumbai street food that is served with chutney or stuffed inside a bread bun, in which case it is known as Vada Pav. Aloo Bonda is prepared by mixing ginger, garlic and green chilies with potato and creating dumplings which are dipped in besan and corn flour batter and deep fried in oil.
Despite the negative reputation of potato as a calorie-dense food, it is a great source of resistant starch that slows down digestion and curbs hunger. It also helps to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the intestine.
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So, what are you waiting for? Try out these quick and easy Indian snack recipes in your kitchen and surprise your family members with a whole new dish each and every day.