Snacks around the street are plenty. And there are many that our moms have been making for us across the years. Very few people in India are such that they do go a supermarket and don’t walk out without a packet of chips or such. Everyone, whoever they are, want something to munch on to. Enter, dry snacks. Every part of India has some or the other dry snacks or namkeens that form a very important part of their lives.
There are, mom made ones and then there are mammoth company packages goods.
Here are some of them:
- Masala Chana or Peanuts
These are the healthiest ones. Chana is basically chickpeas and you can pop them in any time you want. It carries high amounts of protein and fat is excluded from its jurisdiction. Peanuts do not really have to be explained. Masala peanuts and peanuts coated with besan and rolled in masala are two dry snacks that India salivates for. These accompany alcohol as “chakna” a lot of times.
This thin cracker will be the best texture for your mouth. You cannot ever stop eating once you start. It is made of mat bean and wheat flour. It is popular in Gujrati and Rajasthani regions. There are many different kinds and flavours of khakhra now popping up. From masala to pav bhaji flavoured. The is one famous style of eating it with peanut chutney and a dash of oil.
This spiral snack is stored in bulk in cupboards all across India. It is known to have a rough, spiked edge. It is made from Bengal gram, black gram and flours of rice. It also has a sprinkle of sesame seeds added at times. It is not always an easy dish to make. It can turn too oily or not crunchy enough. But there are enough options out there to satisfy everyone. This is one important tea and Diwali snack.
This is something that cannot be put into words. The love India has for its chiwdas is immense. It has a lot of ingredients like puffed and fried rice pellets, peanuts, lentils and others. There are many, many different kinds of chiwdas all across India. Every area has their own. There is poha chiwda, murmura chiwda, cornflakes chiwda and more. It is a snack to binge on. Once started you cannot stop till the packet is over.
This packaged food brand matters a lot to everyone across India. Especially, families. They have many different flavours like masala munch, green chutney and chilli chatka. They are essentially made out of corns puffed. It falls under the Indian division of PepsiCo and literally means, “crunchy” This is an important snack in India. Kids love taking it to school. Moms gossip over packets of it. Even orthodox oldies accept it. It binds and brings India together.
Sometimes dry snacks tend to be a little unhealthy as we eat so much of them, but they make everyone very happy. We, as Indians couldn’t go one day without even one munch.
What is your favourite snack? Let us know!