Oftentimes, evenings bring in the need for a quick snack when all of a sudden your guests turn up without notice or perhaps, the weather is a tad too good or maybe you just feel like satiating your gastronomical cravings. Whatever the reason, these easy-to-prepare snacks can be your life saver when you are racking your head for ideas. There are some for children, some for the health-conscious and all of them for the foodie in us. You may now take your pick!
15. FRUIT SMOOTHIE :
Who can say no to a smoothie? It is healthy, tasty and the perfect way to satisfy the gastronomy of the kids. In order to make this delicious drink, blend 1 cup of yoghurt, 1 cup of any frozen fruit, 1 frozen banana, 1/4th cup of orange juice until smooth. Fruit smoothies are yummy and can be very refreshing. They come in different flavours and you can make them according to the seasonal fruits that are available in the market.
14. CARROT CHIPS:
This one’s for the salad lover, for the one who is wary of munchies and junk food. Peel carrots and cut into thick slices. Toss in olive oil and salt. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Let it cool and enjoy with your family.
13. CARAMEL POPCORN:
Be it a late night movie with friends at home or a match you’re watching alone, popcorn can never be refused. So how about you pep up the plain popcorn? Melt together 1/3rd cup of butter, 1 tablespoon honey and a pinch of salt. To this add 10 packets of popcorn. The quantity can serve a small get together. On a parchment lined baking sheet, bake for 15 minutes at 325 degrees F. Let it cool a bit and then you can dig in!
12. MAC AND CHEESE :
If the kids in your family are suckers for pasta, then what better snack than mac and cheese? After all, who wouldn’t want a break from the 2-minute Maggie we’ve been brought up on! Cook pasta the desi way with maida and milk for white sauce and pep it up with broccoli and bell pepper if available. This dish can be cooked in 15 minutes and leaves the heart (and tummy) completely satisfied.
11. PANCAKES :
Whether breakfast or an evening snack, pancakes always have the potential to become a family favourite. It is easy to make and needless to say, yummy! In a large bowl sift flour, baking powder, a little salt and sugar. Then add eggs, milk and melted butter. Mix the dough well. Fry the scoops onto medium heat and serve them golden brown on both sides. Add a little honey if you wish and the pancakes are ready to go!
10. BOMBAY VEGETABLE SANDWICH:
This is the typical snack college-goers relish at a street corner with a masala soda or coke. However, these sandwiches are easy to make and supposing your guests pop up all so sudden, this is that one thing that you can fall back on to give them a hearty welcome.
Firstly, chop off the edges of the bread, add butter and make mint chutney using the mixer. This will give the sandwiches that tangy aftertaste. Apply the mint chutney on the bread. Slice boiled potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes and onion and add some to each sandwich. Spice it up with a bit of amchur. Cut the sandwiches into triangles and serve them with tomato ketchup.
9. BHELPURI :
The perfect street food for most of us who live on them perpetually. Anyway, who can say no to a tasty platter of bhelpuri? It is easy to make and requires nothing more than what is readily available at home.
Chop onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, green chillies finely and add them to muri. Add some rock salt, chaat masala, chutni/ketchup. Mix all of them well. The sight and smell is enough to titillate those taste buds.
8. PEANUT CHAAT :
If it is India, it has to be about chaats, golgappas, bhelpuris and all those roadside munchies that are our gastronomical favourites. Thus, taking a cue from our fascination for the spices, here’s one easy way to prepare a quick chaat snack at home. With peanuts that have been soaked beforehand, let them be pressure cooked with 3-4 whistles. Drain the water and put peanuts in a bowl. Now add a chopped onion, one chopped tomato, green chillies, 2 tbsp raw mango, ½ tsp amchur/chat masala, ½ tsp chilli powder, a pinch of salt, some lime juice and a dash of coriander leaves. Mix well and you’re ready with this savoury snack. Just be cautious of an overdose!
7. SOOJI KA HALWA :
Repeatedly prepared in our kitchens, this dish is the Indian call for instant dessert. Nobody needs this common recipe and we all love it for the desi dose of sweetness it provides. Our culinary chefs (aka mothers) have been preparing this for a long time now. What is even brilliant is the generous dose of cashew nuts, almonds and raisins that we look out for. True, nothing beats an Indian dessert snack!
6. PAKORAS :
Be it paneer, chicken or vegetable, pakoras are always a welcoming treat. It is that quick-to-make desi snack that has saved several last minute preps. Toss the paneer in a batter of besan, rice flour, corn flour, a bit of ginger garlic paste and salt to taste. Deep fry in hot oil and serve them piping hot with the evening tea. Rains or not, pakoras make the evening addas better.
5. CHILLY POTATOES :
Slice potatoes thinly, add a coating of corn flour and then fry them in hot oil until golden brown. To make the sauce, in another pan, add 2 tsp oil. Then add ginger, green chillies, spring onions(if available). On low flame add chilly flakes, tomato sauce and soya sauce. Mix all of them well. Add 1/4th cup of water to 1 cup of corn flour and stir till there are no lumps left. Finally add the potatoes and sprinkle some salt and sugar on top. Leave them for a minute and you are ready to go!
4. NOODLES PAKORA :
Unlike the regular vegetable pakoras that you whip up for the family and guests, the noodles pakora will take you a notch up with it’s newness and flavour. This one is going to be a favourite among kids and adults alike.
Take gram flour and corn flour in a utensil and mix well. Add salt, red chilly powder, green chillies, ginger, cabbage, mushroom(if available) and noodles in the bowl and mix very well. Deep fry them in hot oil until golden brown and you finally you can put the pakoras in a plate with absorbent paper.
3. FRENCH TOAST :
This has been the recipe our moms have counted on during our sudden cravings as children. Even now, a helping of French Toast would unassumingly bring about a smile on our faces. The recipe is fairly simple, requires no more than what is commonly available in the kitchen and therefore has become a commonly known household delicacy. You may just add a little honey to the toasts to bring about that extra quotient.
2. BREAD ROLLS :
This is one of those lesser tried dishes that is easy to make and tastes finger-licking good with the evening tea. You might find the likes of it in canteens. They are tasty, and trust me when I say, easy to cook too. To make them, you have to use the same stuffing you prepare for aloo parathas. Soak the bread in water and then drain the water out. Fill in the potato stuffing and deep fry in hot oil. You can serve it with chutni or even tomato sauce. This tastes like a piece of heaven on rainy evenings when you have a cup of coffee by your side.
1. FRIED CAKE :
From the moment I heard of this recipe, I have wanted to try it out. The idea is simple, unique and needs no fancy ingredients. The idea is to prepare the regular cake batter using the usual flour, eggs, sugar and baking soda. Then, instead of baking it into a cake, fry the batter in hot oil. Rest assured that the snack is tasty and your guests will be marvelled at your idea.