No one can ignore the 5 pm hunger pangs. All of us crave a delicious accompaniment to hot chai or coffee. We settle for some packaged snack at this hour, adding unnecessary calories and preservatives to our diet. Planning for this snack hour can be fun and exciting as there are numerous food options that you can try out. From traditional snacks such as chaat and pakodas to fresh ideas such as smoothie bowls and salads, there is a whole world of food items that can satisfy your hunger pangs at the snack hour.
Here are some interesting ideas to make snacking healthier and easier.
India’s favourite snack, pakodas are not just for the rainy monsoon evenings. They are always a welcome snack, liked by people of all ages. Pakodas pair perfectly with your chai and even cold beverages such as ice tea or nimboo pani. Making pakodas at home gives you the option of making it healthier and tastier along with including your favorite ingredients. You can add a variety of ingredients such as onions, paneer, cheese, green chilies or potato filling to a pakoda mix and innovate with your recipe every time. Want to make this fried snack slightly healthier? Try a low oil absorb pakoda mix like Tata Sampann’s Pakora Mix which is pre-made with besan, rice flour and authentic spices. It is crafted to provide impeccable taste with no preservatives or added colours.
Instant Rava or Sooji Dhokla
A quick, easy and healthy snack is rava dhokla. It can be made in less than an hour with minimal ingredients. Made out of semolina, better known as rava or sooji, this dhokla is quick and a healthy snack recipe. It doesn’t require fermentation and the process of making it is fairly easy. Add an equal amount of dahi to rava along with some water. Set it aside for a 10-15 minutes. Add salt, green chili paste and a teaspoon of fruit salt to this. Ensure it is of pouring consistency. Pour it into a pan immediately and steam till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Garnish these hot dhoklas with a tadka of green chilies, hing, mustard seeds, and sesame seeds.
Craving for a tangy and spicy chaat that combines an assortment of flavors but don’t want to eat unhealthy street food? Here’s an alternative for you, which packs tons of protein along with amazing taste. Soak pulses and beans such as kabuli chana, rajma, brown chana and moong overnight. Boil these till they are perfectly cooked. Add chopped onions, tomatoes, and coriander to the beans. You can also add pomegranate to this mixture. Add a splash of lemon juice, dash of chaat masala, and sprinkle rock salt for a refreshing new taste. If you would like to make this beans chaat spicy, you can add red chili powder and freshly ground pepper for some extra zing.
Sounds quite easy, doesn’t it? These are just some of the many options that you can try to make your evenings delicious. As you make these at home, add an extra layer of nourishment by choosing mixes and ingredients that retain their natural nutrient content. Avoiding adulterated ingredients, preservatives and additives will make your snacks healthier.
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