Category Archives: Snacks

Poha chivda or aval mixture – easy diwali snacks recipe

poha chivda

Poha chivda or aval mixture is a very popular and healthy snack made of thin beaten rice and flavoured with peanuts, roasted chana dal and mild spices. It can be prepared instantly and can be enjoyed as a tea time snack. Poha chivda is a also a very common snack prepared during Diwali festival. It is a low fat snack which can be easily prepared at home. It does not use too much oil and can be easily stored in an airtight container upto one month.

Ribbon pakoda recipe – Indian vegetarian food – Easy to make deepavali/diwali recipes

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Ribbon pakoda is a very popular and easy snack which is made during Diwali. It is a South Indian crispy savory snack which is very simple to make but very tasty. Ribbon pakoda is prepared with gram flour, besan and chilli powder. It can also be had as tea time or any time snack. This is also called as nada murukku or ola pakoda.

Murukku or chakli recipe – Indian vegetarian food – Easy to make deepavali/diwali recipes

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Murukku or chakli is a popular South Indian snack made with rice flour, gram flour and seasoned with salt, asafoetida and either cumin seeds or white sesame seeds. Murukku is a traditional treat for festivals like Diwali and Krishna Janmashtami. The ingredients are mixed together to form a dough which is then shaped into spiral shapes either by hand or using a mould. They are then deep fried in cooking oil.

Shakarpara or Shankarpali

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Shakarpara or shankarpali is a popular sweet snack in Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is generally made on festivals like Diwali. Shakarpara or shankarpali is rich in carbohydrates, an instant source of energy. It is made with all purpose flour (maida), semolina, ghee and sugar and it has a long shelf life.

Potato peas cutlet recipe

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Potato peas cutlet is a wonderful combination of boiled potatoes, peas, green chillies, bread crumbs and mixed with spices. It is then either shallow fried or deep fried. Potato peas cutlet makes up for a good monsoon treat or as an evening snack. Potato peas cutlet is a very popular snack in North India. It is called as alu mutter tikki in hindi, which means potato peas cutlet

Vella dosai or bellada dosa or jaggery pancakes

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Vellai dosai or bellada dosa is a traditional sweet dish and it can be had as a breakfast or as an evening snack. Vella dosai can be made very quickly and it is very healthy too. Rich in iron and protein, it is a nutritious snack for all.

Sweet appam or nei appam or vella appam recipe

sweet appam

Sweet appam is a traditional south indian sweet dish made from rice, jaggery, ghee and coconut. It is made on festival days and is very popular dish in Tamil Nadu. In Tamil Nadu, sweet appam is prepared for festival called ‘karthigai deepam’ which means festival of lights. In Kerala, sweet appam is served as prasadam in temples. Mashed banana is also added to batter while making appams in Kerala which is called as unni appam. Sweet appam can be either deep fried or cooked in a kuzhi paniyaram.

Heerekai or ridgegourd bajji (pakoda) recipe

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Ridgegourd or heerekai bajji is very traditional and popular snack especially in South India. It is made with ridgegourd vegetable, gram flour and spices and deep fried. A perfect tea time snack during monsoons,

Nippattu or Thattai recipe

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Nippattu is a very popular snack from Karnataka especially from Mysore and Bangalore. Nippattu is usually deep fried but can also be baked. It is a crispy and spicy snack which is perfect for tea time munching. This recipe is contributed by my close friend, Mrs. Usha Nayaka who also happens to be a Mysorean.

Capsicum paneer paratha recipe

Capsicum paneer paratha

Capsicum paneer paratha is a delicious North Indian recipe which is a healthy combination of capsicum and cottage cheese. It is best served with butter or pickles or curd.