Snacks are essential – not only would life be boring without them, but they add nutritional value, and Indian snacks are perhaps the best way to add some much-needed crunch and spice to your daily life.
In this article, you will find some healthy homemade Indian snack recipes that can easily be made without any prior experience. You can use these recipes to make starters, evening snacks or to provide you with enough energy to get through the day.
The best part about these Indian snack recipes is that they do not take more than 20 minutes to make. If you need something quick to satiate your hunger, these snacks will make you very happy.
Healthy Homemade Indian Snack Recipes
1. Baked Samosa
Ingredients for Samosa
- Potatoes: ½ lbs.
- Onion: 1, diced
- Turmeric: 1 teaspoon, ground
- Chili powder: 1 teaspoon
- Cinnamon: ½ teaspoon
- Sea salt: ½ teaspoon
- Black pepper: To taste
- Frozen peas: 1 cup
- Fresh cilantro: 2 tablespoons
- Rice wrappers: 12
- Cut up the potatoes into large pieces. In a small saucepan, put some water and chopped potatoes, and cook until they become soft. However, your potatoes should not be mushy. This process should take approximately 20 minutes.
- In another frying pan, take 1 or 2 tablespoons of water or oil and sauce onions for 4 minutes so that they become soft. Add salt, garlic, chili powder, turmeric, cinnamon, and pepper. Keep stirring till the garlic becomes soft and your kitchen smells great. In case the pan becomes dry, add some oil or water.
- Keep the onion mixture aside once cooked and wait for the potatoes to get done. Then, add them to the frying pan. Using a fork, mash them up roughly and mix them with the onions. Add in peas and mix everything together gently.
- Now, it is time to fold the samosas. Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Put water in a pie plate till it fills ¼ inches of the plate. Keep a dishtowel at your side, along with a wooden board and some scissors.
- Dip a rice wrapper into some water and give it 5 seconds. Then, put the other side in water for 10 seconds as well. Your paper needs to be flexible but not sticky.
- To ensure that there is no dripping, dab the wrapper on a dishtowel. Cut it diagonally so that you are left with two half-moons. Put each wrapper on the wooden board so that the curved edge is on the bottom.
- Put 1 heaped tablespoon of potato mixture in the middle of the wrapper. Fold the right edge on the top and bring it down to the right bottom. Then, bring the right edge to the right bottom. The trick is to make a triangle.
- Move the triangle samosa into a baking tray and make as many as you can till the potato mixture finishes. This recipe will make 2 dozen small samosas.
- Bake the samosas for 20 minutes. Flip and bake them for 10 more mins. Serve them warm!
2. Corn Chaat
A corn chaat makes a healthy, low-calorie Indian snack that combines veggies with peanuts and is sweet and tangy at the same time. You can enjoy this snack guilt-free.
- Sweet corn: 1.5 cups
- Cucumber: 3/4thcup, diced
- Tomato: ½ cup, chopped
- Bell pepper: ¼ cup, chopped
- Red onion: ¼ cup, chopped
- Roasted or boiled peanuts: ½ cup
- Green chili: 1, chopped
- Mint chutney: 1 teaspoon
- Tamarind date chutney: 1 teaspoon
- Chaat masala: ¼ teaspoon
- Coriander: 2 tablespoons, chopped
- Salt: To taste
- Lemon juice: To taste
- In a pressure cooker, boil the corn and allow it to cool slightly. In case you do not have a pressure cooker, you can use a stovetop.
- Take a large bowl and add the peanuts, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, cucumber, and sweet corn.
- Add in the coriander, lemon juice, salt, chaat masala, chutneys, and chili.
- Mix everything up and start tossing the chat gently.
- Add in the seasonings, and make sure to keep tasting it so that you can adjust the taste to your liking.
- Serve immediately with some chaat puri.
- If you are planning on eating the chaat later, keep the ingredients prepped and toss it up right before serving so that you do not lose the crunch.
3. Vegan Fritters (Pakoda)
These amazing fritters are stuffed with onions and cabbage, making the perfect tea-time snack, especially in the winters.
- Cabbage head: ¼
- Red onion: 1/3, chopped
- Jalapeno: 1, chopped
- Chickpea flour: 1 cup
- Rice flour: ¼ cup
- Garlic powder: 1 teaspoon
- Red chili powder: 2 teaspoons
- Salt: 1 teaspoon
- Turmeric: 1 teaspoon
- Vegetable oil: 2 tablespoons
- Water: 1/3 cup
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. If you do not have an oven, you can also use an air fryer by turning it up to 380 degrees F.
- In a mixing bowl, throw in the jalapenos, flour, onions, cabbage, oil, and spices.
- Stir gently. Add some water and create a batter by constantly stirring the mixture.
- Pick up some batter and shape it like a fritter- your scoop should not be too big or too small. Put it on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven. Each fritter needs to be 2 inches away from the other. If you are using an air fryer, put the fritters in the basket and space them out evenly.
- Bake the fritters for 15 minutes. Turn them over and bake them for another 10 minutes. If you are using an air fryer, bake them for 15 to 20 minutes or until they become golden-brown in color.
- Serve with ketchup or mint chutney. Eat while the fitters are hot for the best taste!
Our Final Thoughts
All these healthy homemade Indian snack recipes can be modified in any way you want. You can make it spicier or tangier based on your preference and switch up the vegetables if you like. The best part about these recipes is that they do not require much prep time and are simple enough to be made by practically anyone.
If you like munching throughout the day and need some new snacks to try, these recipes will leave you pleasantly surprised as you come back for more. Don’t forget to share these snacks with your loved ones!