Are you looking for some healthy and delicious snack options that are packed with flavors? Look no further than these easy-to-make vegetarian Indian snacks that will take your taste buds on an exotic journey. Below, we’ll explore ten of the most popular and mouth-watering vegetarian Indian snacks.
Why You’ll Love These Recipes:
- They’re easy to make.
- They’re healthy and full of flavors.
- Many options cater to various dietary preferences, such as gluten-free, dairy-free or vegan.
- The ingredients are easily accessible at any grocery store.
- Aloo Tikki: Potatoes, peas, bread crumbs, coriander leaves, garam masala powder
- Samosa: All-purpose flour (maida), peas, carrots, potatoes
- Pav Bhaji: Mixed vegetables like onions tomatoes eggplants bottle gourds cauliflower corns spices bun/bread rolls butter garlic chutney
- Dahi Vada: Urad dal lentils yogurt cumin seeds green chili tamarind sauce
- Vegetable Cutlets: Potatoes grated beetroot boiled beans semolina cilantro lemon juice chaat masala ground turmeric cinnamon coriander red pepper flakes onion salt black pepper breadcrumbs vegetable oil
- Kachori: Flour keen dry mango powder mustard seeds ajwain ginger green chili sunflower oil peeper salt sugar
- Vegetable Pakoras: Chickpeas flour water baking soda chopped vegetables vegetable oil ground mix spices all purpose flour rice flour red chili powder carom seeds salt turmeric water ice cubes
8.Bhajias/Bhajis: Gram Flour (Chick Pea Flour) White Cabbage Carrots Green Chillies Fresh Coriander Mint Leaves Salt Cumin Seeds Fennel Seeds Turmeric Powder Baking Powder Oil Water
- Pani Puri: Semolina flour fresh mint fresh coriander cumin powder red chili powder black salt boondi tamarind chutney dates jaggery asafoetida lemon juice
- Chaat Papdi: All-purpose flour semolina ghee water salt mustard seeds raw peanuts dried green chili sweet yogurt ginger dates raisins sugar boiled chickpeas chopped onions chopped tomatoes sev (crunchy noodles) coriander leaves (cilantro)
How to Make These Recipes:
1. Aloo Tikki
- Start by boiling potatoes and peas until soft.
- Mash the potatoes and mix with peas, bread crumbs, spices and herbs.
- Shape the mixture into patties then fry in oil until crispy golden brown.
- Mix all-purpose flour with salt, baking soda, and ajwain seeds.
- Knead the dough by gradually adding water until smooth.
- Fill with spiced potato filling then deep-fry in hot oil.
3. Pav Bhaji
- Cook mixed vegetables such as cauliflower, eggplant, carrot in a pressure cooker or pot along with onions and tomatoes
-Sabzi cooked on a flat griddle with plenty of melted butter before being served hot alongside toasted buns slathered in garlic chutney
4. Dahi Vada:
-Mix urad dal lentils batter till light fluffy balls are made from it
-Fried balls immersed/soaked in chilled beaten yogurt sauce; added condiments like:
cumin seeds green chillies tamarind sauce
5. Vegetable Cutlets:
-Mix together mashed potatoes & grated beetroot beans cilantro breadcrumbs spices form into cutlet shape deep fry over medium heat.
- Mix flour with salt ajwain and oil
-Knead dough from it fill the kachori with dal stuffing deep fry
-Mix Chickpeas Flour baking soda & water
-Stir in all veggies and ground spices to make batter, then dip the pieces into the batter and deep-fry.
- Shred cabbage and carrots.
- Make a paste of chillies, coriander, mint leaves, salt,cumin seeds,fennel seedes,turmeric powder,baking powder,oil,and water.
- Dip vegetables into it mixture to form butterflied bhajis.
- Fry on medium heat until golden brown.
1.Mix Sooji,mint ,coriander,cumin powders,salt,pinch red chili powder.Black Salt,Tamarind Chutney,Warm Water
2.Roll balls of puri pastry dough (some also add powdered rice flour)
3.Deep fry formed puri till crispy golden brown.Once cooled use fork or spoon create a small hole in one side to stuff boondhi Immerse Pani using ready-made pani masala
- Make flattened strips out of All-purpose flour semolina ghee water salt mustard seeds kneaded together as dough for papadi.
-Fry them over hot oil till crispy golden brown before layering up sweet yogurt chick peas tomatoes onions imli chutney raisins dates sev garnishing coriander leaves
Cooking Time and Temperature:
Most recipes take around 30 minutes to prepare while cooking time varies depending on each recipe’s guidelines between 15-40 minutes at temperatures ranging between 350F -375F degrees.
My Pro Tips:
- Use fresh ingredients when possible for the best flavors.
- Adjust spices according to your taste preference.
- Make sure all vegetables are drained well, so the dishes aren’t too watery.
Many of these recipes already call for a variety of traditional and flavorful Indian spices like cumin powder, coriander, turmeric, garam masala but you can always adjust spice levels by adding more chili or pepper flakes if desired.
- Take care to drain any excess liquid off vegetables before mixing them with other ingredients
- Be careful not to overheat oil while frying as it may cause uneven coloration or burning
Non-stick Frying Pan / Kadhai/Pressure Cooker/Baking Tray,Oil,Spatula,Large Bowl,Mixing Spoons
To Sum Up:
These ten vegetarian Indian snacks offer an exotic twist on the usual snack options while providing wholesome and delicious plant-based meals. They’re easy-to-make snacks that cater to various dietary restrictions and packed with different traditional Indian flavors that truly satisfy your cravings!
1. Are these vegetarian Indian snacks easy to make?
Yes, all the recipes on this list are relatively simple and straightforward to prepare. They use easily available ingredients and require minimal cooking skills or previous experience. Most of them can be made in under an hour and often involve basic techniques like chopping, sautéing, baking or frying.
2. Can I make these vegetarian Indian snacks ahead of time?
Yes, many of them can be prepared ahead of time for meal prep or snack preparation purposes. For example, you can make a batch of Beetroot Cutlets or Masala Vada and store them in the fridge for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container.
For dishes that taste better when freshly made such as Dahi Papdi Chaat or Pani Puri, you could prepare the individual components separately (like boiled potatoes, tamarind chutney) and assemble it right before serving.
3. Are these vegetarian Indian snacks healthy?
Yes! All these recipes feature wholesome ingredients like vegetables (beetroot, spinach), legumes(kidney beans/chickpeas), whole grains (lentils/rice flour) that are rich in nutrients like fiber ,protein ,vitamins etc..
Moreover they are cooked using healthier methods such as baking/grilling/pan-frying instead of deep-frying which helps reduce fat content without losing out on taste.
That said , portion sizes matter so it’s always best to practice moderation while indulging in any kind of food including these nutrient-dense veggie delights!