When it comes to the Indian food culture, fried snacks are an essential part. Munching on deep-fried samosas, kachoris or a crunchy chakli is a food experience to which, we can all relate. Whether it’s home-made or ordered in from your favourite snack vendor in the neighbourhood, we’re all guilty of this unhealthy indulgence.
Biscuits, chips and chiwdas are probably among the first foods that come to mind when we think of snacking. These packaged foods might be convenient, however, they are not the healthiest options for you and your family. Here we’ve put together some quick and easy recipes for healthy snacks at home.
We tend to treat snacks as a mindless open-the-pack and pop into our mouth exercise. It is understandable that after planning for and cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner, planning for healthy homemade snacks is an added effort and demanding on our time and resources.
Every culture has their own special condiments. While ketchup and barbecue sauce have ruled the fast food of the West, India brought forth a condiment that truly activates your tastebuds - chaat masala. It is a blend of mango powder, chilli, cumin, ginger, pepper, clove, ajwain, kachri powder, pomegranate seed powder, mint powder, salt and asafoetida. Aside from adding a zesty twist to your dishes, chaat masala also offers a number of health benefits. It is a rich source of vitamins and natural detoxifiers, and is also known to improve digestion, boost immunity and ensure regular bowel movement. A key ingredient, mango powder is believed to boost digestion and help in acidity. While, chili peppers are rich in Vitamin A, C and minerals like potassium and copper. Cumin is known to help with digestion. Black pepper, that adds heat to the masala is rich in a potent antioxidant called piperine, which may help prevent free radical damage to your cells. Clove is also a very good source of antioxidants. Chaat masala can be used to flavour a number of dishes whether it is a side dish like raita or even a dessert, the list goes on. But it is most commonly used to flavour chaats which make for an ideal snack at any time of the day. On a healthier note, you can prepare good healthy snacks with a variety of fruits, vegetables and lentils, and of course, chaat masala. Here are a few ideas to help you zing up snack time.
Snacks are an essential part of everyone’s diet. The snacks most preferred are usually those that are most unhealthy. Growing kids need protein for body repair and energy. But as the body ages, it requires more protein than before to maintain muscle mass, bone health and other functions. Sprouting is one of the healthiest ways of consuming grains and legumes. This process enhances the nutritional value of the grain, and also helps you absorb the nutrients and minerals more effectively. It also allows easier overall digestion by diminishing the polyphenols and tannins and breaking down the protein, carbohydrates and fats into a predigested form.
Poha is rice that is par-cooked and then rolled, flattened and made into flakes. Since it is already par-cooked it can be consumed without much additional cooking as well. The thickness of the flakes may vary depending on the rice that is used and the degree to which it is pressed. The thinner flakes crisp up quickly when roasted and are ideal for making a chivda mixture- a common teatime snack. There are many ways in which you can enjoy poha as a good healthy snack. Whether you prefer eating it cooked or uncooked, sweet or savoury, we have a few recipes to sate your cravings.