Best Indian Snacks Recipes - Here is a list of quick, easy, and healthy Indian snack recipes that can be served with a cup of coffee or tea or even as a mid-day snack.
About this post
In this post, I have shared recipes for dry namkeens, Indian chaats and street food (roadside food), fritters and pakodas (bhajiyas, pakoras, or bajji), healthy after-school snacks or lunch box snacks for kids like sandwiches, quesadillas and rolls, party snacks and more. All of these can be prepared in any part of the world if you have the necessary ingredients in your pantry or Indian/Asian stores nearby. Snacks shared below can be prepared throughout the year - although certain snacks like pakoras are much craved and enjoyed in cold or rainy weather.
I have included both North Indian and South Indian snacks in the list below. You will also find some easy snacks you can make in 5 minutes.
What is the famous snack in India?
Indian Chaats and Street Food
India is famous for its variety of food recipes, and chaat is something people of all ages love. I cannot explain in words the explosion of flavors that occur when you bite into any chat, the satisfaction to your taste buds, and the happiness on your face when you have Indian chaat with a cup of chai. It has to be experienced firsthand. You can experience all this from the comfort of your home by preparing the simple recipes I have shared below with ingredients that are either readily available in your pantry or easily available in any Indian/Asian store.
Some of the Indian roadside chaats that you can easily make at home for evening snack includes
- Crispy Samosa
- Aloo Pyaz Kachori
- Batata Vada (Aloo Bonda)
- Dahi Bhalla (Instant and Traditional version)
- Vada Pav
- Dahi Aloo Chaat
- Aloo Chana Chaat
- Pav Bhaji
- Aloo Tikki
- Dahi Poha
- Mini Veg Puff
Fried Snacks are easy to make, irresistibly delicious, plus a perfect accompaniment on a hot sunny day or cold rainy day with a cup of coffee or tea.
Some of the best Indian fried snacks that can be made ahead and stored, dry namkeens and pakoras (pakoda and bhajiyas), are shared here.
- Banana Pakora
- Peri Peri Paneer
- Mirchi Bajji or Mirapakaya Pakora
- Sabudana Vada (Traditional and Instant versions)
- Chakli or Murukku
- Banana Buns or Mangalore Buns
- Kadi Patta Paneer
- Masala Kaju or Roasted Cashews
- Jeegujje Podi
- Special Appe (Paniyaram) recipe with a twist
- Cajun Potatoes
- Mushroom Potato Pie
- Spiral French Fries
- Onion Pakoda or Onion Rings
- Jackfruit Fritters or Mulik
If you are on a weight loss program, diabetic diet, or one who prefers always to eat quick and light, healthy, low-calorie snacks, then check out this section. We have
- Spicy Murmura or Churumuri (Puffed Rice)
- Banana Rasayana
- Misal Pav
- Boiled Peanuts
- Tandoori Potatoes
- Chia Pudding
- Dahi Poha
- Whole Wheat Cookies
- Ragi Manni
- Roasted Makhana with Dry Fruits
- Avocado Toast
- Dry Fruit Ladoo
Sandwiches, Rolls, Tacos (Bread Snacks)
If you are looking for filling after-school snacks for kids or things to munch on at parties, picnics, or potlucks, then try out these delicious sandwiches.
These are some of my kid's favorite snacks.
- No Bread Sandwich
- Grilled Margherita Cheese Sandwich
- Taco Mexicana or Quesadilla
- Garlic Cheese Bread
- Dominos Style Garlic Bread Twists.
Drinks & Desserts
If you prefer to drink something different than a coffee or tea with an evening snack, then check these out
- Hot Chocolate
- Disco Coffee
- Royal Falooda
- Mango Mastani
- Iced Coffee
Make ahead and Store
Dry Snacks and namkeens can be made ahead of time and stored for 8 to 10 days. Other recipes can be planned and prepared a day before and stored in the refrigerator. You can reheat it in the microwave or stovetop.
And some snacks like murmura and instant dahi Bhalla require no preparation in advance. It can be made from start to end in less than 5 to 10 minutes.
Do check out the instructions given under each recipe for more details.
Best Indian Snacks Recipes | Quick and Healthy Evening Snacks : Peri Peri Paneer
- 1 Pan for frying
- 1 Bowl for mixing
- 2 cups Paneer cubes (250 grams approx)
- 2 tablespoon Cornstarch or corn flour
- 2 tablespoon All purpose flour or Maida
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon Salt, adjust to taste
- 3 tablespoon Water (approx)
- Oil for frying
- 1 to 2 tablespoon Peri Peri mix (read steps below)
- Add paneer cubes, cornflour, all-purpose flour (maida), salt, and mix in a bowl. Now add water little by little so that the paneer is well coated.2 cups Paneer cubes (250 grams approx), 2 tablespoon Cornstarch or corn flour, 2 tablespoon All purpose flour or Maida, ¼ to ½ teaspoon Salt, adjust to taste, 3 tablespoon Water (approx)
- Heat oil in a pan for frying. Once hot, drop the paneer and fry until crisp outside.Oil for frying
- Transfer it to a bowl, and while it is hot, add peri peri mix and toss until well combined. Notes: I first added 1 tablespoon of store-bought peri peri mix directly, but I felt it was not spicy enough, and the peri peri mix was coarse. So then I ground some peri peri powder in a blender to a smooth powder and added an extra 1 tbsp. When the powder is smooth, it gets coated with hot fried paneer easily. So, grind the powder if it is coarse and add. Adjust the amount to taste.1 to 2 tablespoon Peri Peri mix (read steps below)
- More recipe details and cheese sauce recipe here.
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