Must Try Delicious Indian Snacks

Any day that’s without a plate of crunchy snacks and piping hot chai is a dull day for most of us. Be it a plate of hot samosas or crispy vadas or chat items with a tangy twist, we Indians love snacking. It is not uncommon for us to travel to our favorite places to enjoy the delicious snacks. With a blend of wonderful flavors from the quintessential ginger and garlic, curry leaves and other spices, Indian snacks vary from being steamed to grilled to deep fried.

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Let’s look at some popular Indian snacks that are spicy, crispy and crunchy all in one bite.


Pakoras are the favorite tea-time snack in many homes, especially during the winters and monsoons. Similar to South Indian bhajjis, they are made by dipping a slice of vegetable/chicken/bread in gram flour batter and then deep fried in oil. These crispy snacks are quite versatile and can be made from onion, papad, brinjal, spinach, egg, chicken, bread, paneer, potato, cauliflower, plantain and the best of all – green chilies. Take your pick and enjoy them with a cuppa.

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Who doesn’t love a plate of bhel poori or ragda pattice! Chaat items have become popular all over the world now. Made with various ingredients such as potato, chickpeas, bread, pooris, samosas, puffed rice, a special chaat masala and a variety of hot and tangy sauces like tamarind, ginger, chilli, mint sauces and chutneys, chaat items occupy a special place in every foodie’s heart.

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This traditional South Indian deep fried fritter is made mainly from lentils along with onions and chillies to spice it up. You can add potato and make the popular “batata vada” or enjoy different variations like sambar vada, dahi vada, vada pav and so on.

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Bombay Mix

Popularly known as just mixture, this savoury snack is made from a mixture of various deep fried ingredients such as lentils, peanuts, poha, sev/bhujia and a blend of spices that gives the mix an amazing flavour. This is one item that is popular all over India and each region has its own version with a unique name.

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This round, ball shaped snack is made from fine flour and has a delicious stuffing made with lentils, besan, pepper, chilli and other spices. This spicy snack can be enjoyed as Kachori chaat too and is quite popular in the Indian subcontinent.

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Tikka is another popular snack/appetizer in Indian cuisine. Small bites of chicken/ fish/ paneer are marinated in a blend of spices and yogurt and cooked on skewers in tandoor. Enjoy your favorite version of tikka with tangy chutney and feel the flavors bursting in your mouth.

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Wondering if there is a snack item to satisfy your sweet tooth! Here comes the traditional Neyyappam from Kerala. Made of rice flour, jaggery and ghee with coconut, cardamom and dry ginger added at times for additional flavour, neyyapam is a dish that no one can have just one.

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