Evening tea is an unavoidable beverage in most Indian households. Milk tea, black tea, herbal tea, and coffee variants can all be relished. Flavored concoctions like ginger tea, cardamom tea, masala tea, and the like enhance the taste. Usually, tea is consumed in the morning and evening. In the evenings, the joy is doubled with snacks. As this is a mid-meal between lunch and dinner, a snack is necessary with tea for many households in India.
Indian teatime snack options are aplenty. Ranging from samosas to dal Vadas to cookies to fritters and so on. Here, the below list consists of five Indian teatime snacks that can be enjoyed with evening tea. When prepared at home, these Indian teatime snacks are healthy and filling. Hungry to munch on some of them?
Kids returning home from school can be pacified with these healthy Indian teatime snack varieties.
The recipe and photos/videos are shared by Vidya @foodn_foodonly.
Masala Sweet Corn
Indian teatime snack list can be begun with a healthy and tasty snack option. These are boiled sweet corn flavored with butter, lemon, and other spice powders. It gives that buttery, tangy, and spicy twist to sweet corn which is amazing. This is a great snack to alleviate the evening hunger pangs.
Masala sweet corn can also be found as street food in India. It is enjoyed best with a cup of hot ginger tea. As can be observed, it is easy to prepare. It is one of the healthy Indian teatime snacks you can prepare for kids. Just imagine enjoying it with your loved ones on a rainy day. That’s bliss.
Batata vada/ Potato bonda/ Aloo bonda/ Bonda. These are some names used for this snack in different parts of the country. Basically, they are mashed potatoes, coated with gram flour batter, and deep-fried in oil.
The potato-filling flavors vary as we travel from south to north in India. Changes can be seen in the way potatoes are tempered and seasonings are used in gram flour. In the video, Vidya described the way Potato Bonda is prepared in the state of Kerala. In every bite flavor of ginger, green chilies, and other spices melt in your mouth. With a slightly firm outer coating, the fillings tempt you to go for more. This is what you can experience with each bite of the Bonda. It can be enjoyed as it is or with coconut chutney. It can also be enjoyed as a sandwich popularly known as Vada Pav in northern states of India.
Like with the case of most Indian dishes, you can find different variants of this snack as well in the country. Kachori has a crispy and flaky exterior made of deep-fried maida or plain flour. The filling can vary from split green gram to onion to Mawa/khoya to many more such items. Khoa-filled kachoris are usually enjoyed as a dessert. Its savory versions with onion, potato, or split green gram filling make it an amazing Indian teatime snack.
Kachoris are similar to Indian samosas when it comes to their outer covering. The difference lies in the way they are shaped, and the fillings used to stuff them. The video presents the recipe for moong dal kachori or split green gram kachori. Kachori can be had with sweet tamarind sauce or with potato and pea curry. Again, best to have a hot and spicy kachori with piping hot tea to savor it fully.
‘Mixture’ as the name suggests, is a snack that contains an assortment of various crunchy items. It can be sweet, spicy, or a combination of both flavors. The mixture is a popular Indian teatime snack available all over the country. They basically contain Sev, Boondi, and different dry fruits and nuts and spices to taste. Sev is made by deep-frying seasoned gram flour dough that is shaped like noodles. Boondis are small rounded crunchy lumps found in the mixture. They are made by deep-frying seasoned gram flour batter. Some mixtures also include fried and flattened rice, cornflakes, etc. as the base.
There are different variants of this dish based on its flavor and nuts inclusions. The mixture is so popular in India that you can find one or more mixture variants associated with most of the states in the country. To name a few, there is the Madras mixture, Kerala mixture, Bombay mixture, and so on. You can also avail them from shops or from online stores. The Kerala spicy mixture is a tempting and enticing Indian teatime snack option.
As stated, the list is concluded with a healthy and tasty Indian teatime snack option. Khaman dhokla is a Gujarati snack that can be enjoyed as a meal or a snack. Fruit salt is added to the gram flour batter to make it frothy. It is then steamed to cook. Flavors of this dish come from the tempered water added on top of the steamed gram flour cake. Green chilies, sugar, and lemon juice contribute to the dish’s taste.
You can get a spicy kick by biting into fried green chilies that are served with it. Of course, a sip of hot tea can elevate the whole experience of enjoying Indian teatime snacks.
The list of Indian teatime snacks is endless and there is more to it. In the meanwhile, you are welcome to suggest your favorite Indian teatime snack.
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