Category Archives: Snacks

Yogurt Dhokla Chaat

Chaats are an Indian street food, and are also personal favorites for many people! We crave for these mouthwatering chaats all the time, and now it is easier than ever to make your own chaats at home. As we know there are many variation of chaat that can be found. I have shared some chaats recipes but this chaat is different, as it is undoubtedly healthy and does not contain onion-garlic. This chaat is made with beetroot dhokla, yogurt and flavored with mint-coriander chutney, date-tamarind chutney and chaat masala. The whole ingredients incorporated in dhoklas gives a new flavor to dhokla chaat. In this recipe i have use beetroot dhokla but you can use yellow dhokla, green moong daal dhokla, pomegranate quinoa dhokla or leftover dhokla for this recipe. You can give your leftover dhokla a new taste and enjoy it as evening snack with your family and friends.   

Beetroot Dhokla

Dhokla also known khaman dhokla is a very poplar Gujarati delicacy. Dhokla can be prepared in two way, using instant dhokla which is made with besan or using fermented channa daal and rice. Both have an awesome taste and are a healthy snack item. In Gujarat, dhokla is often eating as a breakfast or snack item. Earlier, I shared a variety of khaman dhokla like green moong daal dhokla, veg sandwich dhokla, and pomegranate quinoa dhokla. In this recipe, I have used beetroot puree along with besan to give it a beautiful color, and develop a more healthy and tasty dhokla. I have also made yogurt dhokla chaat with this dhokla, which has an amazing taste. You can make dhokla chaat with leftover dhoklas and enjoy it as an evening snack.   

Homemade Pav (Dinner Rolls)

Pav/dinner rolls are usually made with all-purpose flour along with yeast as a main ingredient. These small soft pav breads are famous all over India, especially in  Mumbai. In Mumbai, these pav are commonly found in street foods like a pav bhaji, vada pav, samosa pav and so on. These pav can be find any super markets but nothing better taste than homemade freshly baked pavs, and my son is a big fan of these freshly made pavs. I have already shared the veggie pizza pav bread. This recipe is simple and very easy to prepare but the most important part is the dough consistency and kneading of the dough. The pav dough should be very sticky and should be well kneaded until gluten is formed in the dough which makes the pav soft and fluffy. This recipe made using maida ( all purpose flour) but you can also use wheat flour, however, the texture will be slightly different. Enjoy these tasty pav at home with bhaji, vada pav or just a cup of tea.   

Batata Vada ( Aloo Bonda)

Batata Vada (Aloo Bonda) is a very famous fast food in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Batata means nothing but potato. This recipe is very easy to prepare. Boiled and mashed potato is first saute’d with coriander, mint leaves, chili and ginger paste then deep fried after coating it with gram flour batter. It can be served as a snack directly, and can also be used to make popular vada pav when served with pav, mint-coriander, dry garlic and tamarind chutney. There is a slightly different version of batata vada in Gujarat where the mashed potato is mixed with green chilies, coriander leaves, and garlic paste and deep fried with gram flour batter. Enjoy batata vada with a hot cup of tea. 

Dates & Nuts Gujiya

Gujiya is a one of very popular festive season sweet snacks in Northern part of India. It’s generally made during festivals like Diwali or Holi, however it is readily available in sweet shops but homemade always better. There are many kinds of Gujiyas based on the filling in it, like milk mava, rava, coconut with nuts and so on. This Gujiya recipe is made from filling of dates and nuts and flavored with cardamom powder. The outer layer is crispy and flaky. In sweet shops you can also find  Gujiya which are dipped in sugar syrup. Enjoy this very tasty Gujiya though keep in mind the calories. 

Mini Pizza Tart

Pizza is a popular American food which is readily available in many restaurants. Kids always get very excited just hearing the word Pizza, but we all know it contains a lot of cheese and is not very healthy if consumed regularly. Therefore, when you prepare it at home you can control your own ingredients and make it more healthier. You could reduce the amount of cheese as well as add more veggies or meat. To make mini pizza tart, you will need mini tart pans which are available in stores. For a more appealing look, add handles to your pizza tart as shown in this recipe. I am sure your guest and kids would be impressed with this mini pizza tart. 

Beans & Quinoa Veggie Patties

Sandwich is a very common breakfast or snacks items and also works well for kid’s lunch boxes. There are variety of sandwich you can make like peanut butter jelly, cheese, Nutella and so on. The sandwich made from this patty recipe has good amount of protein. Patties can be either veg or non-veg and can be used along with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and so on. The recipe is to prepare a veggie patty using red kidney bean, black-eyed beans, quinoa and mix of veggies. For this recipe I have used fresh boiled beans however you can used canned one too. Patties can be prepared ahead of time and stored in refrigerator similar to store bought  frozen patties. It certainly saves time early morning when everyone is in rush and helps in having a good quality breakfast. 

Spicy Popcorn

Popcorn as we all know is a very popular movie-time snack which is liked by everyone. I remember during my childhood, my grandmother used to make popcorn using heated sand. She used to also make popped poha, rice, and amaranth. It used to be such a tedious process however the taste was awesome. Nowadays, there are many ways and many kinds of corn kernel available to make popcorn. In this recipe I have used oil instead of butter however you can use butter if you like. Although you can get ready made popcorn, it’s always a great fun making your own and enjoying while watching a movie at home.Though you can eat it without any specific flavor, I have added chili, garlic, cumin and amchoor powder to make it little sour and spicy. This is a big hit with my kids.