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Top 15 Tea Time Snacks
Last Updated : Apr 24,2017
Top 15 Tea-Time Snacks
Tea-time is when the whole family gets together to unwind after a long and tiring day. It is almost a ritual in many homes, when everybody sits together, relaxes and shares the day’s experiences with one another. Tea-time though it’s called, everybody has their favourite beverage – Masala Chai Or Masala Tea, Black Tea, green tea, Coffee, or whatever. But almost always, there are some yummy snacks accompanying the beverage. The snacks give tea-time a sense of completeness. They are slightly filling – just enough to keep one going till supper or dinner. And, so tasty that they add a lot of fun and excitement to the whole experience.
When the day turns out to be so busy that you do not have time to prepare a scrumptious snack, then Tea Time Jar snacks like Khari Biscuit or other savouries come to the rescue, but when you are able to find even just a little time, there are a lot more yummy choices! In this article, we give you 15 of our favourite tea-time snacks, and they come from different parts of the country. Be it the Medu Vada and Idli Upma from South India, the Samosa and Paneer Pakoda from Delhi, Nylon Khaman Dhokla from Gujarat or the Misal Pav and Vada Pav from Maharashtra, these are all excitingly tasty and sumptuous snacks that will top up your energy and pep up your mood!
If you made Idlis for Breakfast and have a few leftover, then Idli Upma is the ideal choice for you. You can crumble the Idlis and prepare this upma within minutes. On a rainy evening, you might find a deep-fried delight like the Samosa or Paneer Pakoda, or a spicy tongue-tickler like the Misal Pav to be more inviting. The Nylon Khaman Dhokla from Gujarat and Dosa from South India are evergreen delights that need no introduction. So are the street foods of Mumbai, like the Bread Pakoda and Vada Pav! Vadas, like the Masala Vada made of coarsely ground dals and the Medu Vada made from urad batter are also tempting delights. You can serve the Medu Vada with chutney or drowned in Sambhar or Rasam!
India is a land of variety – the more you explore, more are the snacks you will discover. There are so many that you will never have to repeat your choices frequently! This article is just a starting point. Check out our website and app for many more such scrumptious treats.
Top 15 Team Time Snacks
Aptly called the poor man’s burger! Deep-fried potato patties served between laddi pav smeared with an assortment of chutneys, this serves as a meal at a meagre price of just Rs. 12.
Serve with fried green chillies if you like stuff a tad spicier, and perk it up further by adding finely chopped onions along with the chutneys.
Also do try other popular Mumbai strret foods like Samosa Sandwich
, Ragda Pattice
and Veg Frankie
While traveling across the Punjab one comes across the one of the most delicious yet simple snack. . . The pakoda.
Pakodas can be made from nearly any vegetable be it spinach, onions, cauliflower, potatoes and even chilies by dipping them in a seasoned batter of besan and then deep-frying.
Pakodas taste best when eaten piping hot. Paneer makes great pakodas that melt in your mouth. Chutney is the perfect accompaniment to this wonderful snack that is sure to leave you, your family and guests licking their fingertips.
A perfect choice for a High Tea Party
. Serve along with crunchies like Herbed Sticks
, Jowar Til Nimki
, Soya and Til Crispies
or Baked Chaklis
Batata poha is so wholesome and tasty that you can make it any time of the day, as Breakfast
, supper or a simple snack.
The potatoes and onions act as a soft and moist interlude to the chewy poha, while the traditional tempering, ginger-chilli paste and lemon juice add to the flavour. While it tastes best when had hot and fresh, it can also be carried in the snack box.
A chatpata sandwich that is perfect for the desi palate! The best part about this sandwich is that is captures the best of both worlds – tongue-tickling spices and gooey cheese too. This sandwich holds potato slices and cheese spiced up with chaat masala and green chutney.
The aroma that wafts out of the sandwich griller when this Potato Cheese Grilled Sandwich cooks just makes you drool, and the resulting amalgam of spices, potatoes and cheese housed within the crisp grilled sandwich is just mind-blowing!
This is not another of those mellow, creamy sandwiches, and definitely not for the soft-hearted! Full of josh, this all-time favourite street food of Mumbai features an assortment of crunchy and juicy veggies sandwiched between bread slices smeared with butter and peppy green chutney.
A special sandwich masala is the highlight of this Vegetable Cheese Grilled Sandwich, as it raises the flavour and aroma to another plane, beyond the realm of ordinary sandwiches
! You can use brown or white triangular bread slices to make this yummy sandwich. Both are readily available in the market.
Samosa! Does this snack need any introduction? Originally one of Mumbai’s favourite roadside snacks, it is now so famous across the country that it is available in almost every bakery, restaurant and tea stall. While some enjoy it plain, others like to smash it and top it with sauces or make a chaat out of it. Have it the way you like it, but here is how to make the perfect, authentic Samosa. While it is possible to make quicker versions with readymade patty sheets, this recipe is about how to make it from scratch including the ajwain flavoured dough and the scrumptious potato stuffing!
For those who thought Vada Pav
and Pav Bhaji
to be the only bread-based roadside snacks, Bread Pakoda is sure to be an eye-opener.
Although these batter-fried bread fritters are available all over the country, Mumbai’s street-side vendors have their signature creations, which are a class apart. Prepared with or without fillings such as aloo and green peas, this mouth-watering deep-fried snack gets all the more exciting when topped with a variety of chutneys. Enjoy it hot and fresh off the Kadhai
customized to your taste.
A perfect snack to have to have as an evening tea snack
with a cup of hot Masala Chai
or cool Falooda
One of the most famous of Maharashtrian
recipes, Misal is a scrumptious cocktail of savouries and sprouts! Wholesome and tasty sprouts are cooked with tangy tomatoes and pungent onions, not to forget the spice powders and the special coconut-onion based misal masala!
All of this is further enhanced with chivda, potatoes and other appropriate ingredients to make a sumptuous accompaniment for laddi pav.
The best part about Misal is that it suits breakfast, dinner and any other time you wish to have it.
Dosa is as popular in South Indian
cuisine as Idli
is! Crisp and thin pancakes made of a rice and urad dal batter, dosas are even more exciting than idlis. In fact, while idlis are considered to be an easy, comfortable steamed food, dosas are often considered a more indulgent alternative! While dosas were traditionally made using iron griddles, nowadays non-stick tavas have made the job much easier. You can roast your dosas using oil, ghee or sometimes butter too! Enjoy them hot and crisp, with chutney and sambhar. If you are going to have the dosas after a while, make them slightly thick, so that they will remain soft and springy even after a while.
This is how South Indian
typically finish off leftover idlis made properly, it is so tasty that you can even serve it to guests.
Sometimes, people even make Idli upma out of fresh idlis, as it is an interesting alternative to usual Idli
You will love the exciting crispness of these delectable Dal Vadas. Made with a coarse paste of soaked chana dal perked up with onions, ginger paste and the whole traditional team of flavour enhancers, these vadas have a unique, rustic texture and warm, hearty flavour that will strike a chord with most people.
Take care to deep-fry these vadas on a medium flame. Otherwise, they will quickly turn brown outside before they get cooked inside.
These deep fried vadas are sure to satiate you in a tasteful way, have them for Evening Tea Snacks
accompained with Green Chutney
or Tomato Coconut Chutney
Most South Indians consider breakfast incomplete without Medu Vada. Whether they have idli, dosa, pongal or upma, they like to add a crispy, tasty and protein-rich urad dal vada to the platter. In fact, when you have breakfast in a South Indian restaurant, even in the remote villages, you will be fascinated to see the waiter reel out the list of breakfast combos, almost all of them featuring vada! Serving them fresh with sambhar and coconut chutney however is doubly delightful.
Batata Vada, this popular street-food from Western India has gained a place in the hearts of Indians all over the country.
Potatoes ensure that these vadas are filling, while the ginger, green chillies, coriander and lemon juice pep up the flavour, making your taste-buds crave for more, even when your tummy is brimful!
Try other non fried snacks like Non Fried Kachori
, Pav Bhaji Dhokla
and Mixed Vegetable Handvo
An evergreen accompaniment for chai , the Khari Biscuit or Puff Pastry Biscuit is something that many people think to be a speciality that only bakeries can produce. Here we show you how to start from scratch and make wonderfully crisp and flaky Khari Biscuits right at home. The gluten, vinegar and a liberal dose of margarine are essential ingredients to get the right texture, so make sure you do not omit any of them while preparing the recipe. Besides tea you can enjoy Khari Biscuits with a spread of one of your favourite Jams or Dips/Sauces .
These dhoklas are so soft and spongy that the reference to nylon is really apt! What is more, this recipe is also very easy to implement if you follow these simple instructions properly and practice it a bit. The addition of fruit salt to the batter, and water to the tempering, are the two main factors responsible for the super-soft and spongy nature of this dhokla. Temper just before serving, for the perfect “100/100”!
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