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 Indian Snacks to Carry While Travelling Abroad

  Last Updated : Mar 11,2019

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Indian Snacks to Carry While Travelling Abroad

Almost everybody likes to take along some food when they travel. For some, it is a necessity – they might not eat outside due to religious reasons, or their health might not permit it. When you are on a long train journey, or you are travelling in remote areas, you might not be able to find food properly at meal-times, so you surely need to carry along some snacks as a stop-gap. For others, food is fun! They cannot think of spending a few days or hours without crunchy snacks .

This article will help you solve your food dilemmas while travelling. Apart from theplas , which can be had as a meal itself, we have also introduced you to some super-tasty but satiating snacks like the Bhadang Murmura and the Poha Chivda . Snacks like Chakli and Khakhra are all-time favourites that need no introduction. Tea-time, even when travelling, will be incomplete without them. For those who travel abroad frequently, recipes like the Methi Thepla are a boon as they can stock them up in the fridge and they will stay for 15 days as they are made without curds.  So take a stack of theplas with you and we normally travel with Theplas packed in lots of 10 in silver foil to prevent them from drying out. 

We have given you a selection of recipes in this article, but you can find many more choices on our website too. Keep in mind that the dry snacks will stay fresh for longer than a week, but the theplas will last only for two days at room temperature. You must also add lots of oil while cooking to avoid the theplas from becoming dry and spoiling sooner. If done the right way, recipes like the Methi Theplas will stay fresh in the fridge for almost 15 days. Take some of these foods along when you travel. They will not only keep you hunger-free but also fill your heart with love from home!

indian snacks to carry while travelling abroad

Nothing like theplas to carry along on a journey. Not only are they very tasty with the superb flavour and aroma of methi, they are also satiating and convenient. To make these theplas we have used a whole wheat flour dough with a large assortment of taste-giving ingredients ranging from green chilli paste and spice powders to sesame seeds. However, we have not used curds, in order to increase the shelf life. You also need to make sure you add lots of oil while cooking; otherwise they will become dry and get spoilt soon. When made as per the instructions, the Methi Theplas will stay fresh in the fridge for almost 15 days. When you anticipate a busy fortnight, you can make a large batch and keep them in stock. Just take them out when you want a nice meal, warm them slightly on a tava and enjoy with curds and pickles . You can also try other variants of theplas like Zucchini Thepla , Mooli Thepla or Doodhi Theplas. Enjoy how to make Methi Thepla recipe with detailed step by step photos below.
 by Tarla Dalal
Pop a spoonful into your mouth and savour the crunchiness of this delectable snack! An assortment of ingredients ranging from poha and peanuts to cashews and curry leaves gives this Poha Chivda a range of textures, while a choice of spice powders gives it a nice savoury aroma and flavour. While it is perfect to have on a cold, rainy day, with a cup of chaai, this versatile snack is also light enough to enjoy on a hot summer’s day with a glass of juice, or to take along to school or office in a snack box! You can prepare a batch of this chivda and store it in an airtight container for a week to relish it as and when you wish to.
Masala Puri, one of my favourite anytime-munchies, this recipe will surely be an instant hit amongst weight-watchers. Masala Puris, which are usually fried, have been modified into this low-cal version by baking. You can use these puris to make Sev Puri , Bhel Puri or any Chaat of your choice. A serving of 5 puris at tea time makes a satiating snack of 100 calories.
Scrumptious to the core, this flavourful snack is made of puffed rice perked up with garlic, green chillies and curry leaves. The most interesting aspect of the Bhadang Murmura, however, is the use of crunchy peanuts, which contrast beautifully with the texture and flavour of the murmura, to give your taste buds an exciting ride. Maharashtrians like to carry along some of this Puffed Rice Chivda when they travel. It is also nice to keep a batch of this at home, handy to munch on when you are hungry. It can be had as it is, or with onions, tomatoes and a tangy lacing of lemon juice.
 by Tarla Dalal
Chaklis are an indispensable snack for the Diwali season! Not only are they ideal to accompany the sweets you share with friends and family, but they also come in handy when you want to have a quick snack with tea. Made of spiced rice flour bound by curds and butter to make a soft dough, chaklis are super-crisp deep-fried savouries, which can be easily preserved for around two weeks provided you keep them in a dry and airtight container. While you might initially find it difficult to press out the chaklis into perfect circles, it will be a breeze once you get the hang of it!
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For Gujaratis, Diwali is incomplete without Farsi Puri. This deep-fried dry snack has evergreen fanfare, and you will understand why if you just try it once. It is made with common ingredients and is easy to make, but it has a melt-in-the-mouth texture because of the addition of semolina and ghee to the plain flour dough, and a lingering flavour contributed by black pepper. Relish it plain or with a cup of tea or coffee.
 by Tarla Dalal
Mini Nachni and Bajra Khakhra is a crispy snack that is full of Iron and fun! Loaded with iron-rich nachni and Bajra Flour, this snack also scores high on flavour thanks to ginger, garlic and green chilli pastes. Sesame seeds heighten the aroma of this snack, while also adding to its crunchiness. This tasty and nutritious Healthy Snack can also double up as a breakfast option and is good for Pregnant women. Or, you can pack it to work, to munch on in the afternoon instead of a bag of chips! Want some more healthy snack ideas? Have a go at the Baked Oats Puri and the 4-Flour-Dosa.
 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional tea-time snack often made during festive occasions, Shakarpara is – much to the joy of amateurs – also very easy to make! While there are several ways of making this mildly-sweet snack, this recipe is one of the easiest to follow.Remember to fry them over a slow flame so that the insides get properly cooked.
 by Tarla Dalal
The Sev Murmura features a mix of two all-time favourites – sev and kurmura – in a handy dry form. In this scrumptious Gujarati jar snack, the sev and puffed rice are sautéed in oil with a dash of spices. This helps the flavours to sink in well, and also keeps the puffed rice crisp and nice for some days. A cup of this with tea is enough to keep you full for a while. On top of all that, it is so tasty that it will be enjoyed by everybody. The Sev Murmura can also be used to make chaats like Bhel Puri and Sukha Bhel .
 by Tarla Dalal
Aromatic, spicy and flavourful, but very kid-friendly, these Moong Dal crispies make a wonderful snack to send in your kids’ tiffin box. You can make a large batch and store it in an airtight container for around a week, so you can serve it up to your kids whenever they are struck by a sudden hunger pang. For their part, they would love to bite into these crunchy and tasty moong dal and wheat flour crisps, with the exciting flavour of sesame, coriander and lemon. Jar Snacks like these crispes are also very helpful when sudden guests arrive.
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Indian Snacks to Carry While Travelling Abroad
 on 03 Jul 18 10:25 PM

Indian Snacks to Carry While Travelling Abroad
 on 23 Feb 17 05:58 PM

My family never eat outside food when traveling due to health reasons and we always carry some snacks like as Poha Chivda, Bhadang Murmura,Methi Thepla thanks for providing above Indian Snacks to Carry While Travelling recipes
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Tarla Dalal    Thank you for the information Simran and delighted to hear to hear from your side. Happy Cooking!!!
Edited after original posting.
24 Feb 17 09:02 AM